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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!

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!