+ OzTrekk Educational Services Home
 
 

Posts Tagged ‘dentistry students’

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Australian dentistry school students: adjusting to life in Australia

OzTREKK Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa visited Australia for the first time this past summer. With the cold Canadian weather we’ve been having (already!), she’s been reminiscing about her trip. Here are some of the surprises she encountered and how OzTREKK dentistry students are handling living Down Under! (Hint: They are loving the weather!)

What do OzTREKK students say about adjusting to life in Australia?

“It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I think it’s because I had time to get ready for my move. I’m loving every minute here and I’m so happy I decided to study in Australia.” Griffith dentistry student

“It’s been great so far. A bit cold here in Orange but nothing compared to Canada’s winter. The people are very nice and helpful. The campus is small so you get to know everyone. It’s been a very smooth process so far. We get mid-session breaks 2 weeks each semester so if you don’t plan on going back home my advice for you is to go visit other cities here. Sydney is really nice and there’s loads of stuff to do. The Gold Coast is also amazing especially during winter to escape from the cold here in Orange. Lots of beaches everywhere!” CSU dentistry student

“Amazing!!! I love my University and program; I love having the balance of studying and fun in the Gold Coast. My dental program provides state of the art facilities and the professors have been very helpful through the transition. I also got credited for many courses which saved me a lot of time and money.” Griffith dentistry student

Australian dentistry schools

Get ready for your OzTREKK orientation, dentistry students!

“It is going well, I took to it fairly quickly though I still adapt to new things every day. [I recommend students] scuba dive and hike.” JCU dentistry student

“Love it! It is very similar to Canada but with better weather.” Melbourne dentistry student

“It has been far easier than expected despite it being my first time living on my own. The country is well tailored for Canadians. Enjoy the weather while you can. There are plenty of sites to see and places to visit.” Melbourne dentistry student

“Fantastic! I love it here! It will be a shock when you first arrive because it is so damn hot and that lasts until close to April. May starts cooling off. June and July were quite cold, especially early mornings and nights and I pulled out all my Canadian sweaters! The people are great. It feels a lot like Canada!” UQ dentistry student

“It’s been great. If my entire family didn’t live back home I’d probably stay here forever.” Sydney dentistry student

“It definitely took some time, but it’s pretty good. Australians are definitely more relaxed in Perth and are accustomed to a slower lifestyle. But the weather is amazing and the beaches are beautiful! The only thing I’m still having a hard time adjusting to is the time the shops are closed. During the week, most malls are closed by 5 pm!” UWA dentistry student

Think you might like to study dentistry in Australia?

Graduate Entry: Some Australian dental schools offer a graduate-entry dental program. This pathway is exactly the same as in Canada, where you first have to complete an undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Science, and then you apply to a four-year dental program.

Undergraduate Entry: Some Australian dental schools allow you to enter into a dental program directly from high school or with a partially completed undergraduate degree. These undergraduate degrees are typically five years.

*

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

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

JCU Dentistry students enjoy placements in Solomon Islands

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

JCU Dentistry students enjoy placements in Solomon Islands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Studying dentistry at James Cook University

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

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

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

What do you need to get in?

1. High School

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

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

2. Partially or fully completed undergraduate degree

A high level of academic standard is required for entry.

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

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

Apply to JCU Dental School!

*

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