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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.

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, 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.

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, February 21st, 2017

UQ offers more free dental care in new alliance

The University of Queensland will help deliver more free public dental care thanks to a new partnership with the State Government.

The alliance between UQ and Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) will give an extra 8,000 eligible public patients with access to dental treatment at the Oral Health Centre in Herston.

SUQ offers more free dental care in new alliance

The UQ Oral Health Centre at Herston (Photo credit: UQ)

UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy said the alliance was an integrated operation that would begin with the amalgamation of UQ and MNHHS teaching, research and clinical activities at the Oral Health Centre in January 2017.

“UQ will be responsible for the academic function of the alliance, providing evidence-based teaching and clinically focused research, while Metro North will be responsible for clinical service delivery and clinical supervision of students,” Professor Abernethy said.

“Brisbane Dental Hospital will be relocated in a staged fashion from its current Turbot Street location to our state-of-the-art facility in the Herston Health Precinct throughout the year.”

Head of UQ Dental School Professor Pauline Ford said the partnership was another opportunity for dental students to improve the quality of life of those in need.

“Our students are committed to providing healthcare to those who require it most,” Professor Ford said.

“Research assistant and oral health therapist Nicole Cockburn organised Dental Rescue Week for youth experiencing homelessness earlier this year, and our existing partnership with Ozcare gives free dental care to men in South Brisbane hostels.”

Professor Ford has spent much of her professional life researching and enhancing dental care for the disadvantaged.

“Both personally and professionally, I am proud to announce that one of the main tenets of the alliance is the focus on providing dental treatment for the Brisbane North area’s most vulnerable population,” Professor Ford said.

The model for the alliance is comparable to arrangements in other states, such as the Westmead Centre for Oral Health (University of Sydney), The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (University of Melbourne), and the Adelaide Dental Hospital (University of Adelaide).

Studying at the UQ School of Dentistry

UQ Dental School’s 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: 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 Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Griffith dentistry researcher leads nano-engineered dental implants study








Our outstanding Australian dental schools are at it again.

The complications and high costs associated with dental implants could be a thing of the past as Griffith dentistry research aims to reduce the associated risks of infection using cutting-edge nanotechnology.

The study is being led by post-doctoral researcher Dr Karan Gulati from the Griffith School of Dentistry and Oral Health/Menzies Health Institute Queensland, who is presenting his research at this week’s Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise (Dec. 1–2).

Griffith dentistry researcher leads nano-engineered dental implants study

Griffith dentistry researcher Karan Gulati (Photo credit: Griffith University)

Hundreds of thousands of Australians need dental implants each year but the risks of infection and poor stability can be high, particularly if the patient has a condition such as osteoporosis or diabetes, which may compromise the dental healing process.

However early stage nanotechnology techniques in animal studies are now showing promise in allowing faster integration of an implant in order to prevent bacteria from setting in.

Nanotechnology is science, engineering and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.

“The technology I am using enables me to nano-engineer the surface of commercially established implants with nanotubes, which can later be loaded with drugs such as antibiotics or proteins for maximised therapeutic effect.”

“When these are inserted into the patient’s jaw, they improve soft- (gingiva) and hard-tissue (bone) integration and therefore dramatically decrease the likelihood of oral microbes being able to enter the tissue,” says Dr Gulati.

“Based on the initial results, we expect to achieve early implant stability and long-term success of such therapeutic dental implants.

“In addition, the overall costs to the patient are expected to be reduced, considering that there will be no expenses associated with follow up drug treatment, cleaning of possible bacterial attachment or correction of implant failure”

The groundbreaking work is still in the very early stages; however, clinical trials are planned to commence in 2017.

Dr Gulati says this implant technology can easily be extended to orthopaedic implants.

About Griffith Dentistry

The new $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre, established in 2013, features state-of-the-art special-purpose dental facilities to assist Griffith dentistry students’ professional learning. Modern laboratories, including a commercial dental laboratory, will help them develop key skills in a fully supervised environment.

Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science/Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply to Griffith University’s Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science, applicants must have

  • academic achievement in year 12 or equivalent with one of biological science, chemistry, physics, or maths B;
  • demonstration of English proficiency.

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Find out more about the Griffith dentistry program! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at at adam@oztrekk.com.

Monday, June 6th, 2016

UQ appoints Australia’s first woman head of dentistry

The University of Queensland has become the first university in Australia and New Zealand to appoint a woman to a permanent head of dentistry position.

Professor Pauline Ford will become Head of the UQ School of Dentistry this week.

UQ appoints Australia’s first woman head of dentistry

UQ Dentistry Professor Pauline Ford (Photo credit: UQ)

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy said Professor Ford’s appointment came at a time of great change and opportunity for the school.

“Professor Ford is a passionate educator, having led the development of the new Bachelor of Dental Science (Hons) curriculum, served as the school’s Chair of Teaching and Learning, and contributed strongly to initiatives in simulation training and inter-professional education at both the school and faculty level,” Professor Abernethy said.

Professor Ford has been acting in the Head of School role since February of this year and was Deputy Head of School since January 2015.

She graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Hons) in 1989, winning a University Medal for her academic achievements.

After nine years in general dental practice, she returned to the School of Dentistry and completed a PhD before joining the academic staff in 2005.

Professor Ford holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Master of Public Health, and her teaching and research activities focus on oral health and its role in general health and well-being.

Most of her research work is with groups that have difficulty accessing appropriate oral health care, such as people with mental illness and the homeless.

Professor Ford is a Councillor of the Australian Dental Association (Qld Branch).

UQ School of Dentistry

The UQ School of Dentistry is recognized nationally and internationally for providing leading-edge dental education and for its contributions to dental research, which have been independently rated as “above world class.”

The Bachelor of Dental Science (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.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: October 30, 2016

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 Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Research at Griffith School of Dentistry

Students of Griffith Dentistry have access to world-class facilities within the new $150 million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre on the Gold Coast Campus. These include a 96-chair dental clinic, commercial dental and clinical skills laboratories, high-level IT facilities, and research facilities. Along with teaching the dentists of the future, the Griffith School of Dentistry seeks to

  • enhance the quality, relevance and satisfaction of the educational experience for all our staff and students;
  • contribute to the development of a research culture across the university, and the professions in the wider practicing community;
  • become a recognised first port of call for industrial partners seeking research collaborations to advance health care and oral sciences.
Griffith School of Dentistry

Learn more about Griffith School of Dentistry

Five active Research Groups have been developed within the school:

The Dental Education Research Action Group

As the first new dental school in Australasia for 57 years the school regards it as a moral responsibility to be active in education research. The school has a unique opportunity to be avant garde in interprofessionalism (the major conceptual innovation of the School), in curriculum structure (a major opportunity provided by Griffith’s modular course structure across all disciplines), in pedagogy and evaluation. This research group has set as a first priority the creation of a comprehensive database of demography, psychosocial profile, knowledge attitudes and behaviour toward a range of health and social issues for all its student cohorts. This is an essential baseline against which to measure trends over time and the impact of their educational experiences.

The Centre of Excellence in Oral, Head, Neck and Thyroid Diseases

This is a major collaboration between the Griffith School of Dentistry and Oral Health, School of Medicine and Queensland Health Pathology Services. This aims to create the most modern and expert service, teaching and research centre in Australasia and the Pacific which has a high disease burden, especially of upper aero-digestive tract cancers.

The founding members of the Group have international reputations in the epidemiology, prevention, and pathology of these diseases. They are well connected to, and respected by, major relevant international scientific organisations, including the World Health Organisation. The members are regular contributors to the Head and Neck Oncology Multidisciplinary Team meetings at Princess Alexandra Hospital in collaboration with Professor William Coman and are developing laboratory collaborations with other QHPS laboratories, with UQ, QIMR, Mater Hospital and elsewhere at present. Activity ranges from the specialist consultancy service in oral medicine within the School of Dentistry and Oral Health, innovative diagnostic services, including telepathology to remote and off-shore locations, field epidemiology and prevention and laboratory research on diagnostic and prognostic markers, including modern molecular science.

The Osseointegrated Implant Research Group

The replacement of missing hard tissues in the human by or through metallic fixtures which are not only biocompatible but also integrate with bone, is a major surgical advance: whilst applicable to many parts of the body the science is led, globally, by dental implantology and often dental scientists. There is enormous commercial and professional activity which is tending to run ahead of the science. This highly expert group with skills ranging from cell and tissue biology, computing and engineering science, microbiology and surgical expertise and clinical trials and are already addressing questions of implant design in a collaboration between the School of Dentistry and Oral Health and the School of Engineering.

Public Health Research: The National Institute for Rural, Remote and Indigenous Oral Health

This research group has existing projects with local communities, with modest grant funding already, and the collaboration of Queensland Health, dealing with oral health promotion, and a joint PhD student between the School of Dentistry and Oral Health and Public Health at Griffith University on indigenous oral health needs and the barriers to care. A major proposal is being considered by industry for the creation of the NIRROH Australia wide. Discussions are in progress with the World Health Organisation, through the Western Pacific Regional Office, for World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre Status.

The Oral Microbiology and Immunology Group

Most oral and dental diseases have a strong component of microbial pathogenesis, with the host response essential to outcome. Furthermore the mouth is part of the body, the oral mucosa part of the whole mucosal immune system. Work has begun on extending understanding of the host response in periodontal infections, through identification of relevant microbial antigens in cases and controls; and on evaluating vaccines with potential to prevent oral fungal infections. This research group is establishing a clinical service to provide oral health care for the HIV positive community on the Gold Coast.

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Find out more about the Griffith School of Dentistry Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Coup for UQ School of Dentistry satellite clinic

In a major win for rural health, a former president of the Australian Dental Association (Queensland Branch) has been appointed to Goondir Health Clinic at Dalby.

Dr Ralph Kelsey will bring his passion for community service to the role of Dental Services Team Leader at the UQ School of Dentistry satellite clinic.

UQ Dentistry

Dr Ralph Kelsey (Photo: UQ)

Acting Head of School, Associate Professor Pauline Ford described his arrival as a coup for both the region and the university.

“We’re extremely fortunate to benefit from having someone of Dr Kelsey’s calibre and standing at the Dalby clinic,” Dr Ford said.

“Ralph has spoken enthusiastically about the opportunity to contribute to the knowledge and experience of future dental practitioners.

“His experience in both private practice and hospital clinics provides an excellent basis for others to learn from and serve Dalby and surrounding areas.”

A graduate of UQ in 1983, Dr Kelsey has enjoyed a diverse career, including three years working with the Ministry of Defence and Aviation in Saudi Arabia.

Most recently he has been based in Central Queensland, and has previously worked in regional hospital dental clinics in Nambour and Ipswich.

As well as being immediate past president of the Australian Dental Association’s state branch, he has been president of the Australian Society of Endodontology, and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists.

UQ School of Dentistry staff member Professor Laurence Walsh has enjoyed a long professional relationship with Dr Kelsey and was also excited at his arrival.

“He has a strong sense of compassion for people in country areas,” Professor Walsh said.

“Furthermore, he genuinely enjoys opportunities where he can support and mentor students, part of the reason he has such an excellent reputation in the profession.

“Throughout his career he has spearheaded a number of campaigns and I envisage him advocating an increased focus on health in the Darling Downs region.”

The partnership between UQ and Goondir Health Services provides comprehensive dental services to the community from a five-chair dental clinic.

Indigenous health is a particular focus for the clinic, with Dalby having a significant Indigenous population.

Fifth-year Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) students have an option to undertake clinical placement at Dalby, giving them invaluable experience in the final months before graduation.

UQ School of Dentistry

The UQ School of Dentistry is recognized nationally and internationally for providing leading-edge dental education and for its contributions to dental research, which have been independently rated as “above world class.”

The University of Queensland dental school offers the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) program. This dentistry program 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. First-year students are introduced to dental practice and oral rehabilitation, and also undertake courses in oral biosciences and biomedical foundations in oral health. The remaining four years of the program consist of three years of applied dental science and one year (34 weeks) of extramural clinical practice.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: October 30, 2016

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 Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Griffith uses 3D tissue engineering to revolutionise dental disease

The discomfort and stigma of loose or missing teeth could be a thing of the past as Griffith University researchers pioneer the use of 3D bioprinting to replace missing teeth and bone.

The three-year study, which has been granted a National Health and Medical Research Council Grant of $650,000, is being undertaken by periodontist Professor Saso Ivanovski from Griffith’s Menzies Health Institute Queensland.

Griffith Dental School

Professor Saso Ivanovski (Photo credit: Griffith University)

As part of an Australian first, Professor Ivanovski and his team are using the latest 3D bioprinting to produce new, totally ‘bespoke,’ tissue engineered bone and gum that can be implanted into a patient’s jawbone.

“The groundbreaking approach begins with a scan of the affected jaw, prior to the design of a replacement part using computer-assisted design,” he says.

“A specialised bioprinter, which is set at the correct physiological temperature (in order to avoid destroying cells and proteins) is then able to successfully fabricate the gum structures that have been lost to disease—bone, ligament and tooth cementum—in one single process. The cells, the extracellular matrix and other components that make up the bone and gum tissue are all included in the construct and can be manufactured to exactly fit the missing bone and gum for a particular individual.

“In the case of people with missing teeth who have lost a lot of jawbone due to disease or trauma, they would usually have these replaced with dental implants,” he says.

“However, in many cases there is not enough bone for dental implant placement, and bone grafts are usually taken from another part of the body, usually their jaw, but occasionally it has to be obtained from their hip or skull.

“These procedures are often associated with significant pain, nerve damage and postoperative swelling, as well as extended time off work for the patient,” says Professor Ivanovski. “In addition, this bone is limited in quantity.

A less invasive method

“By using this sophisticated tissue engineering approach, we can instigate a much less invasive method of bone replacement. A big benefit for the patient is that the risks of complications using this method will be significantly lower because bone doesn’t need to be removed from elsewhere in the body. We also won’t have the problem of limited supply that we have when using the patient’s own bone.”

Currently in pre-clinical trials, Professor Ivanovski says the aim is to trial the new technology in humans within the next one to two years.

Regarding the anticipated cost of treatment, he said that this should be a less costly way of augmenting deficient jaw bone, with the saving expected to be passed onto the patient.

Watch the video on 9News!

Studying dentistry at Griffith Dental School

Completing a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science and Griffith Dental School’s two-year Graduate Diploma of Dentistry program provides the education and skills you need to apply for registration as a dentist.

The Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science offers a new, innovative curriculum where students will receive real clinical exposure from the first year of study, and will work alongside oral health professionals who are world experts in their field.

Program: Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science/Graduate Diploma of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: September 29, 2016 (TBC)

Entry Requirements for the Griffith University Dentistry Program

To be eligible to apply to Griffith Dental School’s Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science, applicants must have

  • academic achievement in year 12 or equivalent with one of biological science, chemistry, physics, or maths B;
  • demonstration of English proficiency.

Apply now to Griffith Dental School!

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Find out more about Griffith Dental School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at at adam@oztrekk.com or  to assist you with your application, or to answer any questions you may have regarding dentistry school in Australia.