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Friday, June 23rd, 2017

UQ Dentistry graduate: from childhood refugee to award-winning dentist

A decade after fleeing his native Iran, Dr Hooman Baghaie, knows the importance of being able to smile.

This is why the University of Queensland Bachelor of Dental Science graduate and childhood refugee gives back to those in disadvantaged communities.

UQ Dentistry graduate: from childhood refugee to award-winning dentist

Dr Hooman Baghaie (Photo: UQ)

“I arrived in Australia at the age of 12,” Dr Baghaie said. “My parents, my younger sisters and I were forced to leave Iran because we belonged to the Baha’i faith.

“Part of my development as a dentist has been to give something back to the community.

“I have been fortunate enough to be involved in numerous research projects with refugees, rural Australians and those suffering from mental illnesses.

“UQ has supported me to provide volunteer dental care in East Timor and Cambodia, and in Australia with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.”

Head of the UQ School of Dentistry Professor Pauline Ford said Dr Baghaie had achieved the highest clinical marks in both his third and fourth years of a Bachelor of Dental Science and described him as an exceptional student and an inspiration to others.

“Hooman received a number of prizes, awards and medals in recognition of his academic achievement,” Professor Ford said.

“He has displayed a passion for helping those in need, and volunteered a generous amount of his time to serve those, both in Australia and abroad.

“He had already been employed by the School of Dentistry as a casual tutor and, in 2015, he received the Pierre Fauchard Award in recognition of his character, work ethic and academic ability.

“These qualities, along with a dedication to research and advocacy for the disadvantaged, were also keys to his nomination as valedictorian in 2016.”

Dr Baghaie is now working as a dentist on the Gold Coast, and is continuing his studies and research.

Studying at the UQ School of Dentistry

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
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 Dentistry? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Monday, June 19th, 2017

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

Students at JCU dental school

Absolutely! Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates. To become a licensed dentist in Canada, graduates of accredited dental programs must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s (NDEB) Certification Process. The Certification Process comprises two examinations. These examinations are based on the competencies required to be a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.

Your Pathway to Certification

  1. Application – Create an online application through the NDEB portal.
  2. Registration for the Examinations – Register for available examinations through your online profile.
  3. Proof of Graduation – Provide an original official transcript of marks indicating date of convocation.
  4. Certification – When you have passed both examinations and proof of graduation is received, you will be certified and a certificate will be issued.
  5. Provincial Licensure – Requests for licensure are made through the provincial dental regulatory authorities.

Ready to take that next step? Apply to an Australian dental school!

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Do you need help with your Australian dental school application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Admissions test no longer required for UQ dentistry program

More options for anyone interested in studying dentistry in Australia!

Effectively immediately, the UQ dentistry program will no longer require international applicants to write the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT).

Admissions test no longer required for UQ dentistry program

Learn more about the UQ dentistry program

So, what does that mean for our Canadian students?

This is great news, as the program increased its number of spots for international students for the 2018 intake from 12 to 40. UQ is among the most prestigious universities in Australia and the feedback we have received from the few OzTREKK students who started in the program in February this year has been glowing.

How will I be assessed?

If you have not undertaken any post-secondary studies, you will be assessed based on your top Grade 12 marks. You must have a 90% in your top subjects to apply (top 6 in Ontario, top 5 in BC/Alberta).

If you have taken one or more years of university, your GPA will be calculated based on your university studies. You must have a  cumulative GPA of 6.5/7.0. This varies slightly by university but, in Canadian terms, your GPA must be a 3.67 on a 4.0 scale or a 92% on a percentile scale to be eligible for the program.

How do I apply?

UQ assesses applications on a rolling-admissions basis—that means the university assesses applications as they are received. If you wish to apply, you are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. With such dentistry being so popular with Canadian students, we expect the UQ dentistry program will fill before the summer is out.

If you have already applied to other Australian dental schools for the 2018 intake, email Adam to let him know you would to apply to UQ as well. Adam will advise you if anything else is needed to complete your application (a high school transcript is required—for everyone!).

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.

UQ Dentistry webinar with OzTREKK

Since we know you have questions, OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith will hosting a webinar this afternoon (June 8).

Date: Thursday, June 8 @ 3:15 p.m. EST
Register: adam@oztrekk.com

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Would you like more information about UQ Dental School or this webinar? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

New accommodation for JCU dentistry students coming right up!

If you’re hoping to attend JCU Dental School, we’ve got great news! JCU is adding an on-campus student accommodation option.

James Cook University is looking forward to welcoming the first students to occupy their brand new on-campus accommodation in Cairns for semester 1, 2018. The first stage of this purpose-built residence will house 300 students and there are plans to expand its capacity to 1,000 students in the future.

New accommodation for JCU dentistry students coming right up!

Artist’s impression of student accommodation being built at JCU’s Cairns campus (Image: JCU)

The seven-storey octagonal building offers a variety of apartment-style living options including en-suite studio apartments, six-bedroom apartments with individual en-suites, or six-bedroom apartments with shared bathroom facilities. All apartments are self-catering and are equipped with modern cooking facilities including cook-top, oven, microwave, and refrigerator. Each individual bedroom is lockable and includes air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.

The 42m-long internal grass courtyard features shared barbecue facilities and is the perfect place to relax. The facility will be fully managed by an on-site manager and administrative support team, with residential assistants available to provide pastoral care to students.

Applications for accommodation opened on June 5, 2017. Students interested in living on campus in Cairns for 2018 can register their interest at accommodation@jcu.edu.au prior to applications opening.

What’s at JCU Cairns?

JCU Dental School of course! The dental school was established in 2008 in response to the challenges presented by the oral health needs of northern Australia, and its foundation is part of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences’ strong commitment to the provision of professional health education in the area. JCU’s dentistry establishment was funded by a grant of $52.5M from the federal government and includes a new building on the Smithfield Campus of JCU with state-of-the-art facilities, including an 80-seat dental simulation laboratory, prosthodontics and science laboratories, and student home group rooms.

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Think you might like to study dentistry at JCU? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com to find out how you can get started!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

University of Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery admissions timeline

Great news, Australian dental school applicants! Melbourne has released its admissions timeline for the 2018 intake.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery admissions timeline

Find out how to apply to the Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery program

The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree leads to registration as a general dental practitioner with the Dental Practice Board in Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) recognizes the reciprocal agreement between the Australian Dental Council and the Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada, which allows for accredited graduates of either body to practice dentistry in Australia or Canada. For Canadian students studying at the University of Melbourne, this means that they will return home and follow the same process as Canadian domestic graduates with licensure being granted after successfully sitting the National Dental Examination Board of Canada.

With state-of-the-art technologies, the Melbourne DDS uses new infrastructure, including a 100-seat pre-clinical laboratory and the new Melbourne University Dental Clinic, for advanced clinical teaching.

Highly qualified academics with research experience from leading universities around the world deliver the course using lectures, pre-clinical practical classes and clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry.

The curriculum is based on scientific evidence in oral health, imparting advanced philosophies, skills and knowledge related to all areas of clinical dental practice and research.

As part of the four year full-time degree, students spend significant time in provision of patient care, using advanced materials and clinical methods, as well as undertake a two-year research project in oral health. In final year, students have the unique opportunity to experience working in a private practice setting, and they learn how to run a small business.

Admissions Timeline for 2018 Intake

  • Application deadline: July 28, 2017
  • Last date to submit DAT results: July 28, 2017
  • Last date to submit university transcripts (final results): July 28, 2017
  • Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 18 – 19, 2017
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 10, 2017
  • Deadline to accept (unconditional) offer of admission and pay deposit: November 10, 2017
  • Enrollment deadline: January 12, 2018
  • Mandatory DDS Orientation: January 22, 2018 (TBC)
  • First day of class: January 22, 2018 (TBC)

Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Next intake: January 2018
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline:  July 28, 2017

Applications are open. Apply to the Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery!

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Would you like more information about the Doctor of Dental Surgery? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

CSU dentistry students part of healthcare team for refugees

Charles Sturt University (CSU) students are playing a key role in an innovative oral health program in regional NSW to help recently arrived refugees settle into their new home.

CSU dentistry students part of healthcare team for refugees

Find out more about CSU dentistry programs (Photo: CSU)

Students are working with health professionals in the Multicultural Centre Refugee Health Clinic in Wagga Wagga. Along with staff from the Wagga Wagga Health Service (WWHS) and the Wagga Multicultural Centre, the oral health students complete oral health assessments on the refugee patients in the Clinic.

CSU third-year students Ms Victoria Holahan and Ms Liya Johny describe their involvement in the program as life-changing.

“My experience in the program has been so rewarding I would now like to work with Indigenous populations when I complete my degree at Charles Sturt University,” Ms Holahan said.

Ms Johny said the refugees tell you how they used to live and sometimes the stories are heartbreaking.

“It has been an eye-opener to approach oral health in this way. One of the really important things that we try to do is to educate the refugees about achieving good oral health,” Ms Johny said.

Wagga Wagga Health Service (WWHS) dental therapist tutor Ms Margaret Selvey said the model was a perfect example of integrated public healthcare under the one roof.

“The clients are streamlined into the service for a general health assessment and those with the highest needs are seen first,” Ms Selvey said.

“We have seen hundreds of patients with a wide range of requirements.”

Ms Selvey said many of the refugees are in need of dental care.

“Most of the families have been in refugee camps for up to two years with limited access to tooth brushing, food and clinical services. They’ve been living in tents so dental hygiene has not been high on their list,” she said.

Once a refugee arrives in their new country and they begin life in a regional centre such as Wagga Wagga they receive a comprehensive medical examination by a doctor from the Primary Health Network (PHN).

Mobile dental equipment is taken to the weekly health assessment where a limited oral health assessment is performed by the CSU students under supervision. The oral health assessment allows for a timely triage so that the most urgent cases can be seen at the hospital clinic.

Ms Selvey added that CSU students are able to train in real-life situations and learn first-hand some of the oral health issues facing refugees.

Study Dentistry at Charles Sturt University

Offered full-time at Charles Sturt University‘s Orange Campus, Bachelor of Dental Science is a five-year undergraduate dentistry degree, developed in close association with the industry to prepare graduates for a career as a dental practitioner.

During years one and two, there will be a strong focus on core biomedical and dental sciences. Foundation theoretical materials will be presented in lecture style but small group seminars and case based interactions will feature throughout the curriculum. In years three to five, the focus is on understanding the medical, dental, social and community context of dental clinical practice. This course includes practical experience through workplace learning. Hand skills development will occur using state-of-the-art simulation equipment in purpose-built facilities.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science
Location: Orange, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling-admissions basis (first come, first served) until the program is full. The sooner you apply the better.

Apply to the Charles Sturt University Dental School!

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Discover more about the CSU dentistry program. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com for more information!

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

What are the Australian dental school application deadlines?

Wondering what the admissions timelines are for our Australian dental schools? We’re so glad you asked!

Interested in studying dentistry in Australia?

Here are the application deadlines. Remember, it’s always best to apply as soon as possible since dentistry admissions can be very competitive.

University of Western Australia

Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 6
Deadline: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Charles Sturt University

Degree: Bachelor Dental Science
International places: 10
Deadline: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Note: CSU uses application rounds; however, the program fills quickly. You are encouraged to apply no later than this date.

University of Sydney

Degree: Doctor of Dental Medicine
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Note: As the cycle is short, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

University of Melbourne

Degree: Doctor of Dental Surgery
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: July 28, 2017
Note: If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, you should have all application documents submitted to OzTREKK approximately a week prior to the deadline.

James Cook University

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery
International places: 15 – 25
Deadline: August 30, 2017
Note: While the deadline is in August, in the past, the university has issued early offers to highly qualified students through the summer. If you apply early, there may be an opportunity to meet with the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine when they are in Canada for med interviews (end of June). This is strongly recommended if you are interested in studying at JCU.

University of Queensland

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Science
International places: 40
Deadline: October 30, 2017
Note: As this program is extremely competitive, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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Would you like more information about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

University of Western Australia’s Doctor of Dental Medicine application deadline

Application deadlines are approaching! And one of them is the University of Western Australia’s Doctor of Dental Medicine program.

University of Western Australia's Doctor of Dental Medicine application deadline

Study dentistry at UWA

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the University of Western Australia is a four-year, full-time professional degree with a significant research component. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of relevant knowledge in the basic medical sciences to support the staged development of clinical dental competencies and skills. Early clinical contact is pivotal to the course and students will enter the clinic from the first semester of their study.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Total international spots: 6
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2017; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for the UWA School of Dentistry‘s DMD program, eligible applicants must

  • have completed a bachelor degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7;
  • have completed the DAT, GAMSAT or MCAT (123/123/123/123 and an overall minimum of 492).
  • be able to attend an in-person interview, which will include successfully completing a spatial awareness component.

The results for these tests will not be used in the final ranking, but will determine if an application proceeds to the final ranking.

In addition, it is recommended that applicants have undertaken the following units/subjects:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first-year university level (including completion of Grade 12 level chemistry)
  • Biology or human biology at first-year university level

Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based equally on DAT/MCAT/GAMSAT and GPA.

Apply to the University of Western Australia Dental School!

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Discover more about the UWA Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

University of Melbourne students run Teddy Bear hospital

Recently, more than 1,200 medicine, nursing, dentistry, physiotherapy, audiology, biomedical, science, speech pathology and social work students from the University of Melbourne ran a Teddy Bear Hospital (TBH) to raise funds for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday appeal.

University of Melbourne students run Teddy Bear hospital

University of Melbourne students run Teddy Bear hospital

Students aimed to reduce children’s fears associated with medical environments, procedures and professionals by familiarising them with health care in a fun, relaxed and interactive manner.

These interactions give future young doctors and health care professionals an excellent opportunity to further develop the specific communication and engagement skills required to successfully interact with children.

The students offered Teddy medical consultations to more than 5,000 children, making TBH the largest student volunteer event run by the University of Melbourne.

Professor Cheryl Jones, Stevenson Chair of Paediatrics and Head of the Department of Paediatrics in the Melbourne Medical School said students learn so much more when working as a team.

“The Teddy Professors from the university’s Department of Paediatrics who oversee this student-led program, are amazed at the passion and creativity of the students as they work together to create the toy machines and instruments for the day, and plan and execute this major event,” she said. “Apart from the fun and fundraising, our students learn more about each other’s multidisciplinary roles and provide practical advice to children and families about how to keep healthy and reduce children’s anxiety about medical environments, procedures and professionals.

“We are very proud to watch this group of students as they are our future health leaders of tomorrow,” Professor Jones said.

Children are asked to bring in a “sick” teddy bear or other toy for treatment at the “hospital.” There are many stations, including teddy triage, teddy doctor consultation, radiology, surgery, and anatomy. There are dedicated student volunteers to design and build the activities and equipment that are used inside the hospital.

Medical student coordinator Elliott Cope believes taking part in the TBH has improved his communication skills, leadership and confidence in interacting with children.

“One of the most memorable interactions was with a four-year-old boy who bought in his dragon teddy bear. The complaint: his dragon had stopped breathing fire,” he said.

Not having much experience with dragon medicine, Elliott was a little stumped, but after a look in the dragon’s throat and a feel of the neck, he diagnosed a dragon cold. After a good night’s sleep and lots of rest, the dragon was back to breathing fire and feeling much better.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: June 22, 2017

The Melbourne MD is a four-year, graduate-entry medical program that builds on the university’s reputation for excellence in teaching and research. It enables students to become outstanding medical practitioners who will excel as world-class leaders in their chosen field.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Medical School!

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Questions about Melbourne Medical School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Courtney Frank at courtney@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

UWA School of Dentistry students help relieve dental suffering

Nearly 100 homeless people and refugees, some who have had insufferable dental pain for years, received free dental treatment thanks to a team of dentists, dental students from the University of Western Australia, and volunteers from UWA and Tzu Chi Foundation Perth.

The joint initiative between Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation (an international humanitarian organisation that helps those less fortunate) and UWA aims to relieve the suffering of people who normally struggle to gain access to dental treatment. At the same time, UWA dental students were provided with a valuable opportunity to expand their skills.

UWA students help relieve dental suffering

UWA School of Dentistry students help relieve dental suffering (Photo credit: UWA)

Dentist Dr Lydia See from the UWA School of Dentistry, who also coordinates the dental volunteering events for Tzu Chi Perth, said the patients were recruited by three main charity organisations: Red Cross, Ruah Community Services and St Bartholomew’s House.

“The dental work was carried out on the weekend at a Dental Fair at UWA’s Oral Health Centre of Western Australia with the provision of treatment for patients given by 33 of our dentists and 65 dental students,” Dr See said.

Dental problems ranged from broken teeth to infections, abscesses, periodontal disease and resulting long-standing severe toothache. Dental students provided chair-side assistance and taught the patients about the importance of oral hygiene.

Dr See said it was a great initiative to help patients but also to provide learning opportunities for students.

“Sometimes we take dental care for granted, but it’s a reality that not everyone can access dental treatment because of a barrier in their lives or the expense,” Dr See said.

“The students volunteering were able to give back to the community and gain experience in treating people with a range of different dental problems.

“It taught students that even though dentistry is a technical exercise, the patient is a person with feelings, beliefs and different ideas. Caring for the welfare of the patients is just as important as carrying out the dental work itself.”

One of the patients, Mr Dugarme Tassi-e, 61 of Wilson, who receives support from Ruah Community Services, said the initiative was important to help people in the community who are homeless or recovering from homelessness.

“When you’re homeless you struggle to gain access to dental care,” he said. “People don’t understand the effects of years of poor dental hygiene. The minute your dental hygiene goes down, so does your health. It affects what you can eat and puts you in discomfort so you are unable to enjoy a quality of life that others often take for granted.”

Mr Tassi-e said he was relieved to receive a free dental check-up through the initiative, and work on his teeth to repair them and alleviate discomfort.

Doctor of Dental Medicine at UWA

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the University of Western Australia is a four-year, full-time professional degree with a significant research component. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of relevant knowledge in the basic medical sciences to support the staged development of clinical dental competencies and skills. Early clinical contact is pivotal to the course and students will enter the clinic from the first semester of their study.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Semester intake: January
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: May 30, 2017; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for the UWA School of Dentistry‘s DMD program, eligible applicants must

  • have completed a bachelor degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7;
  • have completed the DAT, GAMSAT or MCAT (123/123/123/123 and an overall minimum of 492).
  • be able to attend an in-person interview, which will include successfully completing a spatial awareness component.

The results for these tests will not be used in the final ranking, but will determine if an application proceeds to the final ranking.

In addition, it is recommended that applicants have undertaken the following units/subjects:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first-year university level (including completion of Grade 12 level chemistry)
  • Biology or human biology at first-year university level

Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based equally on DAT/MCAT/GAMSAT and GPA.

Apply to the University of Western Australia Dental School!

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com for more information about studying at the UWA School of Dentistry.