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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.

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.

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.

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Bachelor of Dental Science at Charles Sturt University

CSU’s 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.

The Bachelor of Dental Science graduates contribute to combating the chronic shortage of dental and oral health workers Australia-wide, while also significantly improving the health of local communities.

Bachelor of Dental Science at Charles Sturt University

Learn more about CSU Dental School

Selection criteria

Selection for entry to the Bachelor of Dental Science is a two-stage process with applicants first being selected for interview based on their GPA. International applicants studying their final year of high school are required to provide school reports for the two final years.

The following selection criteria will be adopted when assessing applicants:

1. A demonstrated interest in, and understanding of, rural and regional Australia, oral health inequalities, and dental practice within these regions.
2. High level academic ability.
3. The capacity to communicate effectively.
4. Evidence of skill in manual dexterity and spatial sense.
5. Evidence of the understanding of teamwork and motivation to become a dental practitioner.
6. Evidence of community involvement

It is expected that all applicants to this course have a strong science background (chemistry / mathematics / physics) and a high level of competency in English. The profession of dentistry requires good vision, spatial awareness, depth perception and excellent hand-eye coordination and manual (hand) skills.

Admissions tests such as the DAT (Dental Aptitude Test) are not required when applying to the Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Dental Science program.

CSU Bachelor of Dental Science

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science
Location: Orange, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2017 intake, applications closed September 30, 2016.

Apply to the Charles Sturt University Dental School!

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

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

OzTREKK welcomes two more Australian universities!

Because we like to offer our students as many study options as possible, we now have two more Australian universities offering popular programs like medicine, dentistry, and law!

All of us at OzTREKK are pleased to announce that we are now an official Canadian representative of two additional Australian universities: Charles Sturt University, and the University of Western Australia.

Charles Sturt University

Learn more about CSU

Charles Sturt University

First, meet Charles Sturt University! Established in 1989, it was named in honour of Captain Charles Sturt, a British explorer who made expeditions into regional New South Wales and South Australia.

While CSU has many campuses located in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory, OzTREKK students will be headed to Orange, New South Wales, for their Bachelor of Dental Science program. Nestled in the Central Tablelands of NSW, 260 km west of Sydney, Orange is a progressive city with a friendly country atmosphere. The city’s 38,000 residents enjoy excellent retail, sporting, educational and health services. With two movie cinemas, restaurants offering a range of cuisine, popular Farmers’ Markets, wineries and an annual FOOD Week, Orange combines boutique shops, sporting facilities, and quality educational and health services.

University of Western Australia

Learn more about UWA

University of Western Australia

How about heading to the west coast of Australia for a change? If so, you’re in for a treat: Perth, Australia is incredibly beautiful, and you get to enjoy stunning sunsets over the Indian Ocean!

The University of Western Australia is a research-intensive university and one of the internationally recognised Australian Group of Eight (which also includes the University of Queensland, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, and Monash University).

OzTREKK students will be happy to know that UWA offers three in-demand degree options for Canadian students:

UWA’s picturesque Crawley campus is located on the Swan River just 10 minutes from Perth. The campus offers you a range of cafes, bookshops, banks, a vibrant cultural precinct, myriad clubs and societies, a supportive Student Guild, and on- and off-campus accommodation options.

We are thrilled to welcome you, Charles Sturt University and University of Western Australia!

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If you have any questions about our new Australian universities, please email info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. We’re here to help!

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.

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).

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.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

UQ dentistry students travel to the University of Hong Kong

UQ School of Dentistry 5th year students Bethany Fisher, Dayea Oh and Ashleigh Wong were recently selected to travel to the University of Hong Kong (HKU) to undertake a two-week placement in the Faculty of Dentistry as part of the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program.

UQ School of Dentistry

(L-R) Ms Bethany Fisher, Dr Nikos Mattheos (Associate Professor and Assistant Dean), Ms Ashleigh Wong and Ms Dayea Oh (Photo credit: UQ)

Bethany, Dayea and Ashleigh observed undergraduate and masters students in various departments of HKU including Paediatric dentistry and Implant dentistry. The students had the opportunity to see a range of different treatments including complex and interesting cases some of which they had not experienced before.

Ms Fisher said a highlight of the university experience for her was the opportunity to watch the HKU masters students work with patients who were under general anaesthesia.

“It was a completely new experience for me and one I very much enjoyed.”

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program is an Australian Government initiative that provides opportunities for Australian undergraduates to undertake semester-based exchanges, and internships or mentorships in selected Indo-Pacific locations.

Ms Wong said she was extremely grateful to be selected for the placement.

“It was an invaluable experience from which I have learnt a lot.

“The university staff for the most part were extremely welcoming and inviting and really went out of their way to make sure I was getting as much out of the experience as possible,” Ms Wong said.

The UQ dentistry students were also invited to sit in on guest lectures and treatment planning seminars. As most of the communications were in English the language barrier was minimal.

Both Ms Fisher and Ms Wong would recommend the program to other students and encourage future students to apply.

“I had an absolutely incredible time and would recommend it to any student in a heartbeat. The experience was invaluable and I enjoyed every minute,” said Ms Fisher.

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. 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
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.