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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

JCU Dentistry students enjoy placements in Solomon Islands

Sometimes you don’t know your own abilities until you’ve been tested. Going to a new place and being with different people can lead to a fresh perspective and the chance to develop greater skills. Why stay in your comfort zone when the world can become your classroom?

JCU Dentistry students enjoy placements in Solomon Islands

Mathew Robertson and Thomas Meath deliver dental care to local school children in the Solomon Islands (Photo: JCU)

When you think of studying dentistry, you probably don’t think of the Solomon Islands. This unusual mix came together when JCU Dentistry students travelled to the faraway country to do a placement. The journey was not only about learning skills, but also about providing dentistry services to communities and creating lasting memories.

Final-year dental surgery students travelled to the remote islands with South Australia-based dentist and JCU dental surgery graduate Dr Michael Robinson. Working alongside local oral health teams, the students built relationships, learned how to adapt to different environments and developed cross-cultural understanding.

“The people were so friendly,” student Mathew Robertson says. “We visited a small village and the kids were climbing coconut trees, and they served us their local food. We played soccer with the kids, and they loved it.”

Senior Research Fellow and public health researcher Dr David MacLaren facilitated the trip to the Solomon Islands, which was the first for JCU dentistry. David has an interest in community health issues in remote areas of the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. He says the responses from JCU’s partners in the Solomon Islands were overwhelmingly positive. Following this success, JCU is planning another trip in 2018.

“The World Health Organisation classifies the Solomon Islands as one of 57 countries deemed to have a critical shortage of health workers,” David says. “There is a workforce deficit across every level of care in the Solomon Islands, with one dentist per 100,000 people. JCU is pleased to be working with partners in the Solomon Islands to help deliver important dental services.”

Having done dental outreach trips to the Cape and the Torres Strait, student Thomas Meath was already aware of the diversity of practice that comes with working in remote locations. Visiting the Solomon Islands has increased Thomas’s confidence and broadened his knowledge.

“We performed a lot of extractions, so we learnt a lot more about exodontia (the branch of dentistry that deals with the extraction of teeth),” he says. “We had to be resourceful, as they had limited equipment. We were generally a lot busier than we are in Australia due to the fact that the local dental team can only travel to the area every three months. We saw a lot more patients than we would generally see in an Australian setting. We learned a lot from the dentists and staff there.”

This was student Marcus McShane’s first international travel experience. He has caught the travel bug and hopes he can undertake further international dentistry outreach work.

“The experience opened up my eyes to the world of possibilities that exist for dentists,” Marcus says. “Dentistry is a rewarding field, and there are opportunities for dentists to work in such a great variety of settings, so I’m really excited about graduating and getting out there and working.”

Gaining an understanding of the world and being immersed in another culture is an experience that Mathew will never forget. For other Bachelor of Dental Surgery students thinking about doing an international placement, he has some clear advice.

“Grab the opportunity with both hands,” Mathew says. “Getting out there and seeing how other countries do things is excellent for your development as a dentist. I learned so much about dentistry that I don’t think I would have learnt here in Australia and I developed and progressed a lot in my final year because of the experience. If there is the opportunity to go overseas, especially to a developing country, definitely take it.”

Studying dentistry at James Cook University

The dentistry program at JCU is a five-year undergraduate degree that provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. It is a broad-based program which includes all aspects of dental practice but also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

The university sends its health professional students, including JCU Dentistry students, to remote and rural regions on placements, and to do outreach in schools, and encourages its graduates to return back to rural and remote areas to work after graduation.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2018

What do you need to get in?

1. High School

These qualifications are considered on an individual basis, subject to satisfying prerequisite requirements.

  • A minimum of 92% average from grade 12 subjects.
  • Completion of prerequisites in English, Calculus, and Chemistry at a grade 12 level or higher.

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree

A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

  • Students need to have met the prerequisite subjects at least at the high school level to meet the prerequisite requirements.
  • A minimum of 80% cumulative average across all university studies is required.

Please note the DAT is not required for entry into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program.

Apply to JCU Dental School!

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Are you interested in JCU Dentistry? For more information and assistance with your application, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com.

Monday, December 18th, 2017

UQ School of Dentistry alumnus to lead dental science research group

An opportunity to reinstate and lead a specialist training program in periodontics has attracted Professor Saso Ivanovski to return to the UQ School of Dentistry where he was a student and academic staff member between 1989 and 2006.

UQ School of Dentistry alumnus returns to lead dental science research group

Professor Ivanovski

Periodontology or periodontics is a field of dentistry that specialises in the supporting structures of teeth and the treatment of gum disease.

A registered periodontist, Professor Ivanovski said it was during his undergraduate studies that he was inspired by several mentors to pursue his career in periodontics.

“Having such strong and respected mentors in this area gave me the motivation to complete a PhD in the field of periodontal regeneration and specialist clinical training in the field of periodontics,” Professor Ivanovski said.

“I was fortunate to work with great teachers and obtain training across multiple facets of clinical research and the biological sciences, leading to a successful and rewarding academic career.

“In my new role at UQ I am looking forward to progressing my research in regenerative dentistry to ultimately impact the health and life quality of patients.”

Professor Ivanovski’s most recent position was Chair and Professor of Periodontology at the Griffith University School of Dentistry and Oral Health, where he led the specialist training program in periodontology and was discipline lead of dental implantology.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 1993, PhD in 2000 and Master of Dental Science in Periodontology in 2002, all from The University of Queensland.

Professor Ivanovski is the former federal president of the Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP) and the Australasian Osseointegration Society (AOS), and is a fellow of the International Team of Implantology, the Academy of Dentistry International and the International College of Dentists.

Some of his career highlights include a NHMRC training postdoctoral fellowship at UQ’s Institute of Molecular Biosciences, a fellowship at the University College of London’s Eastman Dental Institute and numerous NHMRC project grants.

“I am very lucky to work in an area I love and have enjoyed mentoring postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and professional clinical doctorate students who have gone on to have successful careers,” Professor Ivanovski said

“Having the ability to draw on the positive experiences I have had and inspire students to excel in their desired profession is very fulfilling.”

Professor Ivanovski will lead a research group within the UQ School of Dentistry, with a focus on the clinical and biological aspects oro-facial reconstruction and regeneration.

Head of School of Dentistry, Professor Pauline Ford said the appointment will strengthen the School’s capacity to produce outstanding research and skilled leaders in dental science.

“We are very fortunate to have a periodontal specialist of Professor Ivanovski’s calibre to join our school.”

Professor Ivanoski began his appointment in early October.

UQ School of Dentistry’s Bachelor of Dental Science

The UQ dentistry program has been in operation for more 75 years, and is one of Australia’s longest-running dental programs and also its highest-ranked dental program. The Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) (Honours) program which provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitude they require in order to become competent practitioners of dentistry. These include the application of scientific principles to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases and abnormalities.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next available intake: February 2019
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions—the sooner you apply the better. Apps close officially on October 30 each year.

Apply now to UQ Dental School!

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Would you like more information about how you can study at the UQ School of Dentistry? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Melanie Ireton at melanie@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

JCU offering Health Sciences Toolkit to help students brush up in biology

James Cook University has announced they are offering a four-day intensive course to students who will be entering in to health science degrees in 2018!

JCU offering Health Sciences Toolkit to help students brush up in biology

Think you might need a biology refresher?

The JCU “Health Sciences Toolkit” is designed to help students prepare for further studies leading into the health science degree programs. It is particularly helpful for those who have a limited or no background in biology, and for those who have not studied biology for a long time.

The course is introductory in nature and it is assumed that those participating may have never studied biology before. Please note it does not meet any of JCU’s prerequisites for admission to university and is not credit bearing for JCU subjects. Rather, it is designed to give students a head start if their university degree requires some knowledge of biology; however, if you have studied some biology and wish to brush up your skills, the course will be a beneficial refresher!

The Health Sciences Toolkit will be especially helpful for students intending to study any of the following degree programs at JCU: Biomedicine, Dentistry, Exercise Physiology (Clinical), Medical Laboratory Science, Midwifery, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, or Sport and Exercise Science.

This program is a four-day intensive course that will be held on both Townsville (Douglas) and Cairns (Smithfield) campuses and involve approximately 28 contact hours spread over both large group lectures, and small group tutorial/workshop sessions. The topics covered will include the following:

  • Laboratory Safety and Introduction to the Human body
  • The hierarchy of cells, tissues and systems
  • The basic elements of life
  • Water Biology
  • The cell membrane
  • The genetics of life
  • The essential compounds of life
  • The essential reactions of life
  • Communication in the body
  • The food we eat and the air we breathe

The course will be held Feb. 6–9, 2018.

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Are you interested in studying at JCU and the Health Sciences Toolkit program? Please email us at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

James Cook University’s seven in a row for graduate jobs

James Cook University has been awarded top marks for graduate employment for the seventh year in a row—and JCU is the only Queensland university to achieve the distinction for the past seven years.

James Cook University's seven in a row for graduate jobs

The Good Universities Guide confirms JCU graduates continue to be in high demand (Image via: JCU)

The authoritative tertiary education guide, the Good Universities Guide, confirms JCU graduates continue to be in high demand, with the university receiving 5 out of 5 stars for its graduates’ job prospects.

Only three Australian universities achieved the rating over the past seven years.

The rating means JCU is in the top 20% of universities whose graduates were employed full-time within four months of graduation.

74.9% of undergraduates from James Cook University find full-time employment within four months of graduating, higher than the national average (69.5%).

JCU Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding said the ratings underline the university’s strong performance in teaching and research.

“Our graduates continue to be in demand and are finding employment quickly.

“We know that our graduates are highly sought after, and to receive a five-star rating for graduate employment seven years in a row confirms JCU is providing its students with a high-quality education and very strong career prospects,” said Professor Harding.

“It’s a great achievement for James Cook University to be awarded five stars for graduate employment for seven consecutive years,” said Chris Lester, the CEO of the Good Education Group, which publishes the guide.

“It’s promising to see regional universities providing students with a great student experience, backed by strong graduate outcomes,” Mr Lester said.

The university again scored top marks (five stars) for “Learner Engagement”—the proportion of students who positively rated their engagement with learning at their university.

And for the first time, the guide also includes an in-depth breakdown of university ratings at a field of study level.

JCU has achieved 5 stars in a range of categories across 14 fields of study.

The Good Universities Guide has highlighted JCU’s key strengths in fields of study including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and veterinary science:

  • Pharmacy students are more satisfied with key measures of student experience than at any other university.
  • Dentistry graduates from James Cook University are better employed than from any other university.
  • Medicine graduates have a 100% employment rate.
  • Veterinary science students are more satisfied with Skills Development than at any other university and graduates and have the highest employment rates in the country.

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Find out more about studying at James Cook University.

Friday, August 18th, 2017

JCU dentistry student talks about his placement experience

Fifth-year Bachelor of Dental Surgery international student, Ryan Yue-Hin See (also a former OzTREKK student!), moved from his hometown of Toronto, Canada to come to Australia to study in the tropics with James Cook University in Cairns.

See said James Cook University’s unique rural and remote placement program was an unmissable Australian opportunity.

JCU dentistry student talks about his placement experience

Former OzTREKK student Ryan See is almost finished his dentistry degree (Photo: JCU)

“I had a couple of offers available and JCU just seemed much more appealing than the other offers. I just wanted to study in the tropics. The facilities were brand new facilities and there was a big focus on rural and remote and underserviced populations. That really appealed to me and the kind of things that I am interested in. I knew there was a lot of work available, so I thought it would be a good experience,” he said.

He said the rural and remote placements that JCU Dentistry provide help to transition students into real-world practice and give them a chance to apply learned skills on real-life patients.

“A lot of personal development has happened in the last two years. I mean five years is a pretty long time so, a combination of up-to-date training they [JCU] provide at the union level and the exposures we’re given from the rural and remote placements and working with really great supervisors in the clinic,” said See.

See’s said due to the array of clinical specialists that JCU employs to lecture and teach students, he has gained a valuable array of new skills that will advance him in his future career.

“Most of them tend to be retired dentists and they bring a wealth of knowledge. They don’t tend to be Cairns locals because they are fly in, fly out. They come from all over the place really. Everyone has their own sort of thing—just a range of personalities, a range of skills and doing things. How to handle different situations,” he said.

See said he got the life-changing opportunity to complete a four-week international placement at JCU’s sister university in Sri Lanka.

“It was fantastic. It was just life changing really. The university was really generous and sent us and one of our senior lecturers back to his home country (Sri Lanka). So, he showed us around and the professors that we met were his old students, which was kind of cool to see that continuity. We saw lots of different things. Lots of stuff you would expect in southeast Asia and low socio-economic areas.”

On placement, See got the chance to explore Sri Lankan historical landmarks and learn the language.

“The professor—it being his home country—showed us around and we got to go sightseeing and have language classes as well. Lots of cultural exposure.”

See said one of the most memorable experiences he had in Sri Lanka was walking up Sigiriya.

“We hiked up a place called The Lions Rock. The locals call it Sigiriya. It’s this big monument similar to Uluru, and you have to climb up all these steps all the way to the top and at the top there used to be a castle,” he said.

Ryan See said that over the five years he’s lived in Australia it has become his second home and the support he has received through JCU has helped him integrate into the Cairns community.

“I love the lifestyle. I think more than anything else the people kind of make the place. It’s a bit cliché, but they have become my family over the last two years.”

See said each year has its own landmark, and if he was to give advice to a prospective JCU international student, he would tell them to go for it and take a chance.

Apply to JCU Dentistry directly from high school

If you’re interested in improving the health of people who live in tropical, rural, and remote places, then the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program at JCU might be for you. This five-year undergraduate degree provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. While it is a broad-based program including all aspects of dental practice, it also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

JCU Dentistry accepts applications from high school graduates or from those who have completed university studies.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2017

Apply now to JCU Dental School!

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Learn more about JCU Dentistry! For more Bachelor of Dental Surgery program information, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Caitlin Sargeant at caitlin@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Bush dentistry attracts esteemed UQ School of Dentistry alumni

What inspired two former presidents of the Australian Dental Association Queensland Branch (ADAQ) to take up leadership positions in rural dental clinics?

For UQ School of Dentistry alumnus Dr Derek Lewis, the Supervising Dentist Team Leader at UQ’s St George Dental Clinic it was to encourage students to experience the joys of rural practice, as he did throughout his career.

Bush dentistry attracts esteemed UQ School of Dentistry alumni

Dr Ralph Kelsey, Clinical Coordinator (Jade Utz) and Dental Assistant (Halina Nettelfield) (Photo: UQ)

“When I graduated, I was very much the ‘wet behind the ears’ city boy,” Dr Lewis said.

“Working for Queensland Health, I was appointed in Cloncurry as ‘Dentist in Charge’ and was the only dentist in the Cloncurry and Julia Creek clinics.

“Following that, I spent 18 months at the Collinsville Dental Clinic where I thoroughly enjoyed the exposure to rural and remote practice and very quickly became involved in the local community.

“Whilst I had found a passion for working in rural communities, it was when I was president of the ADAQ in 1999 that I was enlightened to the problem of access to dental services away from the major coastal centres.”

Following Derek’s 35-plus years as a practicing dentist working in both private and public practices in city and rural areas, he is looking forward to instilling in students some of the worldly wisdom he accumulated along the way.

“Encouraging more dentists to ‘The Bush’ is a very important health service I can assist with, as well as provide the students with a successful career choice.”

For University of Queensland alumnus Dr Ralph Kelsey, the Supervising Dentist Team Leader at UQ’s Dalby Dental Clinic, it was having an educational role within the university he graduated from and working in a town he had a family connection with that drew him back.

“My mother was raised on a property north of Roma where my siblings and I worked for most of our school holidays, so I am quite familiar with the challenges and satisfaction of living and working in a rural environment,” Dr Kelsey said.

“Whilst ADAQ President I was made aware of the significant challenges that dentists working in rural and remote areas faced, such as specialist referrals, dental laboratories, equipment maintenance, staff and mentorship.

“In this role I hope to be able to impart the skills and knowledge I gained after almost 35 years in clinical practice to the dental students.”

As the Dalby Dental Clinic is based within the Goondir Health Services, there is a high proportion of Indigenous patients from the Goondir Community.

“Students find that there are many health challenges being experienced by the patients which impact the delivery of care and the structure of comprehensive treatment plans,” Dr Kelsey said.

“They are finding the Goondir patients very pleasant to care for and very appreciative of the service provided by the students.

“It is very satisfying being able to support the university and students in this location.”

UQ School of Dentistry  Head of School Professor Pauline Ford said the School was extremely fortunate to benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of Dr Lewis and Dr Kelsey.

“Their experience in both private practice and hospital clinics in city, regional and rural areas provides an excellent basis for future dental practitioners to learn from, and to encourage students to return to the bush after graduation.”

Both clinics are operated in partnership with UQ’s School of Dentistry and Goondir Health Services, supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Dental Training Expanding Rural Placements (DTERP) Program and Rural Health and Medical Training (RHMT) Fund.

Studying at the UQ School of Dentistry

UQ School of Dentistry’s Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) (Honours) program has been in operation for more 75 years, and is one of Australia’s longest-running dental programs and also its highest-ranked dental program. The program which provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitude they require in order to become competent practitioners of dentistry.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions—the sooner you apply the better. Apps close officially on October 30 each year.

Apply now to UQ Dental School!

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Would you like more information about UQ Dental School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Caitlin Sargeant at caitlin@oztrekk.com.

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Sydney Faculty of Dentistry lab’s 3D printing may revolutionise root canal therapy

Researchers have created 3D-printed artificial blood vessels that could revolutionize root canal therapy to help people retain fully functioning teeth.

Sydney Dental School

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Professor Luiz Bardessono and his team published the breakthrough in Scientific Reports. He leads The Bertassoni Lab at Oregon Health and Science University and the Bioengineering Laboratory in the University of Sydney Faculty of Dentistry.

While current root canal therapy is effective in saving an infected or decayed tooth, the procedure may cause teeth to become brittle and susceptible to fracture over time.

Based on previous work fabricating artificial capillaries, the researchers placed a fibre mould made of sugar molecules across the root canal of extracted human teeth and injected a material similar to proteins found in the body filled with dental pulp cells.

The researchers removed the fiber to make a long microchannel in the root canal and inserted endothelial cells (cellls that are involved in filtering gases, fluid and molecules across cell membranes) isolated from the interior lining of blood vessels.

They then removed the fibre to make a long microchannel in the root canal and inserted endothelial cells isolated from the interior lining of blood vessels. After seven days, dentin-producing cells appeared near the tooth walls and artificial blood vessels formed inside the tooth.

Professor Bertassoni said the research proved artificial blood vessels can be used to treat root canals.

“This result proves that fabrication of artificial blood vessels can be a highly effective strategy for fully regenerating the function of the teeth.

“We believe that this finding may change the way that root canal treatments are done in the future,” said Professor Bertassoni.

Current root canal treatment involves removing infected dental tissues and replacing them with synthetic biomaterials covered by a protective crown, which often results in further decay over time.

“This process eliminates the tooth’s blood and nerve supply, rendering it lifeless and void of any biological response or defence mechanism.

“Without this functionality, adult teeth may be lost much sooner, which can result in much greater concerns, such as the need for dentures or dental implants,” he said.

Research at the Sydney Faculty of Dentistry

Sydney Dentistry’s multidisciplinary research approach brings together the complementary expertise of the university’s faculties, centres and institutes with that of their affiliated teaching hospitals, institutes and international research partnerships. Sydney dentistry researchers are not limited by the confines of the mouth, but enhance studies in fundamental cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology and biomechanics with their dental expertise—it is their goal to “put the mouth into health!”

Research areas

Dentistry research at the University of Sydney is structured around a number of cross-disciplinary themes that are focused on improving health outcomes. These themes encompass microbial pathogenicity, biomaterials, implant technology, cell biology, pathology, minimal intervention therapies for management of caries, education, and public health.

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Do you think studying at the University of Sydney Faculty of Dentistry is right for you? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Caitlin Sargeant at caitlin@oztrekk.com for more information!

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Griffith Health Excellence Bachelor of Dental Health Science scholarships

If you’re heading to the Griffith School of Dentistry for the 2018 intake, you are invited to apply for a Griffith Health Excellence Bachelor of Dental Health Science scholarship!

Griffith Health Excellence Bachelor of Dental Health Science Scholarship

Griffith Health Excellence Bachelor of Dental Health Science scholarships

Apply for a Griffith Health Excellence Bachelor of Dental Health Science scholarship!

For: High-achieving students applying for Bachelor of Dental Health Science program at Griffith University.
Available to: Commencing students in Trimester 1, 2018
Level of study: Undergraduate
Citizenship: Citizens of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $30,000 in total (six tuition payments of $5,000 each trimester for three years)
Duration: Up to six trimesters of study
Applications open: Now!
Applications close: Thursday, November 2, 2017 (outcome by November 24)

Selection Criteria

Scholarship applications will be assessed by a panel on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit – applicants must submit a certified copy of their transcripts demonstrating their strong academic merit
  • An offer – applicant must be in receipt of an offer (conditional or unconditional) prior to the scholarship deadline
  • A personal statement – addressing three questions that outline why the applicant believes he/she deserves the scholarship
  1. Demonstrate (and provide examples of) your knowledge of the profession of dental health science and the broader role of oral health in the health care system.
  2. Demonstrate (and provide examples of) your leadership and teamwork skills and indicate your future career plans.
  3. Outline any challenges you have faced in your education and how you have sought to overcome these challenges.

Studying dentistry at Griffith Dental School

At Griffith University, you’ll be studying at some pretty amazing facilities: state-of-the-art, special-purpose dental facilities and modern laboratories, including a commercial dental lab in a new $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre. You will have the opportunity to undertake community placements in state schools, rural and remote communities and in Indigenous and aged care. Completing Griffith’s Bachelor of Dental Health Science and the two-year Master of Dentistry program provides the education and skills you need to apply for registration as a dentist!

Program: Bachelor of Dental Health Science/Master of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Trimester intake: February
Duration: 5 years

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Would you like more info about the Griffith Health Excellence Bachelor of Dental Health Science scholarships? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at at adam@oztrekk.com.

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Living the tropical lifestyle at James Cook University

James Cook University students are living in a tropical paradise

Some of the most common comments we receive from OzTREKK students include “I love my program!” and “The weather is so tropical, so beautiful!”

Living the tropical lifestyle at James Cook University

Great Barrier Reef diving

Yeah, we know! Not only are you studying at one of the world’s top universities and in a world-renowned program, but you’re also in Australia. So enjoy it! Here, let’s take a look at Australia’s Tropical University, James Cook University.

Located in Queensland (the northeast coast of Australia), JCU bathes in warm, sunny weather almost every day of the year, and their tropical campuses in Cairns and Townsville are the perfect settings for you to fully experience the Australian way of life.

Friendly people

Australians are relaxed and friendly people. They enjoy gathering with friends and family to share good food and spend quality time together. Most Australians are passionate about sports and there are lots of opportunities to watch live sports including cricket, Australian rules football, netball, rugby league, union, football and tennis at one of their many sporting venues.

Great outdoors and the Great Barrier Reef

Aussies love the great outdoors and northern Queensland provides the ideal base for a variety of recreational activities including

  • rainforest hikes
  • mountain biking
  • snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef
  • interacting with native Australian animals
Living the tropical lifestyle at James Cook University

Beach life in Australia

Entertainment and nightlife

Queensland’s welcoming towns boast a fun and thriving nightlife with restaurants, cafés and bars where you can relax and meet new friends. If you’re heading to Australia, you’re not allowed to be a hermit. Everything about Australia will pull you outside to experience the true Aussie lifestyle.

Low living costs

Regional cities are small enough to avoid the hustle and bustle of big city life, and large enough to have all the facilities you’ll need. The cost of living is low compared to major Australian capital cities, allowing you to get out and enjoy the many events and activities the region has to offer.

Did you know…

North Queensland is well known for embracing a safe and relaxed tropical lifestyle. Established Indigenous, European and Asian communities add to the cultural diversity of the region not usually found outside of the capital cities.

If you’re looking for something different—a truly Australian experience, consider James Cook University. The population of the area reflects many university towns in Canada, and OzTREKK students enjoy the gorgeous, hot weather and the friendliness of Northern Queenslanders. The cities of Cairns of Townsville provide you with the feeling of a small-town atmosphere, yet there is plenty to see and do in and around each city. As a smaller university, JCU staff members are approachable and friendly, and students enjoy the attention they receive upon arrival and throughout their program.

In JCU Townsville, you’ll find JCU Medical School. In Cairns, JCU Dental School!

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Discover more about the amazing tropical setting and study opportunities available at James Cook University.

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Dentistry research at the front line of tobacco intervention

Dentistry research is at the front line of tobacco intervention

Sydney Dental School

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Smoking is a primary risk factor for periodontal disease and oral cancer and is one of the leading preventable causes of death. Healthcare providers have access to evidence-based guidelines that can help patients quit smoking; however, the translation of that knowledge and adoption into daily practice remains low. Healthcare providers are missing opportunities to address tobacco-use with their patients due to limited time and lack of health behaviour change expertise.

Concerns around how best to manage patients’ tobacco-use are raised in dental settings across the world. Innovative strategies are emerging in the behavioural sciences area; however, screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRTs) methods can be difficult to apply to the individual patients.

How is dentistry research at the University of Sydney addressing this issue?

Professor Heiko Spallek, Pro-Dean of Dentistry at the University of Sydney  and Dr Brad Rindal, Associate Dental Director for Research at HealthPartners Institute, Minnesota are conducting a clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of Clinical Decision Support (CDS) to improve dental provider delivery of SBIRTs.

What does the clinical trial involve?

The overarching goal of this research is to reduce smoking-associated morbidity and mortality by increasing the number of dental patients who are referred for tobacco cessation counseling. This program aims to

  • evaluate the effectiveness of clinical decision support (CDS) and,
  • improve dental provider delivery of brief tobacco interventions and referrals to tobacco quitlines for further tobacco counseling.

In this research, the CDS is being integrated within two commonly used electronic dental record systems and will generate personalised evidence-based recommendations for dental providers. These records will help dental professionals to actively engage with patients who smoke as part of the course of usual dental care.

The tobacco CDS will be tested within two dental schools, the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and the Indiana University School of Dentistry as well as sixteen private-practice clinics. The research project is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for over two million US dollars.

Sydney Dentistry’s Doctor of Dental Medicine

The Sydney Dental School’s DMD is a graduate-entry program that has been purposefully designed to adhere to the well-rounded course structure of the North American postgraduate model, but has also maintained the sophisticated clinical training for which the University of Sydney has come to be renowned, giving students an applicable knowledge of dental health from the community to the laboratory.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales (Camperdown/Darlington campus)
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 4 years

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Are you interested in dentistry at the University of Sydney ? Email OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com for more information!