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Friday, March 24th, 2017

JCU Dentistry engaging rural communities in oral health

James Cook University was established as Australia’s university for the tropics, and therefore focuses on programs that are particularly relevant to the tropical world. JCU Dentistry was established in 2008 in response to the challenges presented by the oral health needs of rural and remote northern Australia.

JCU Dentistry students are connected to the community

JCU researchers say children in rural Queensland are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital for dental problems than in other parts of the state. To help improve oral health education, JCU partners with communities in research to try to make services work better for people living and working in rural and remote areas.

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.

Apply to JCU Dentistry directly from high school

If you’re interested in improving the health of people who live in tropical, rural, and remote places, then the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program at JCU might be for you. This five-year undergraduate degree provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to become competent practitioners of dentistry. While it is a broad-based program including all aspects of dental practice, it also has a special focus on issues of special concern to the northern Australian region, particularly those relating to tropical, rural and Indigenous practice.

JCU Dentistry engaging rural communities in oral health

Learn more about JCU dentistry

JCU Dentistry accepts applications from high school graduates or from those who have completed university studies.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2017

Apply now to JCU Dental School!

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Learn more about JCU Dentistry! For more BDS program information, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

JCU researchers say rural children’s oral health in question

James Cook University researchers say children in rural Queensland are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital for dental problems than in other parts of the state.

The team from JCU’s Anton Breinl Research Centre for Health Systems Strengthening, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, looked at three rural communities within 400 kilometres of Townsville. The names of the towns have not been publicly released.

JCU researchers say rural children's oral health in question

Dr Karen Carlisle (Photo: JCU)

Dr Karen Carlisle said although these communities were better served than those in more remote locations, access to services was still an issue for many community members.

“Children under 14 were three times more likely to be hospitalised for dental conditions when compared to residents of the rest of Queensland,” she said.

Dr Carlisle said JCU researchers had been working in the communities for a number of years and suspected overall oral health was poor, but now they had the hard data to back this up.

She said they had some unexpected results, too.

“Indigenous persons living in Queensland as a whole are already more than three times as likely to be hospitalised for a dental condition than non-Indigenous people,” said Dr Carlisle. “But this pattern worsened only slightly in the particular rural communities we looked at.”

The researchers said that parents or caregivers play a crucial role in influencing children’s oral health and rural children under 14 years may not be accessing public oral health services in proportion to their need. They said strengthening health promotion though schools, community events and primary health care is vital.

Co-author Professor Sarah Larkins said there were a number of recognised reasons for the poor oral health of rural communities and that the social determinants of health play a major role.

“There are problems with the retention of the oral health workforce in rural areas and reduced availability of oral health services. There may be less access to fluoridated water and the social determinants of ill health, such as poverty and low levels of education, are all more prevalent in rural and remote areas.”

She said the stoicism of rural people and difficulties in accessing care tended to encourage them to tolerate oral health problems until they became acute.

Professor Larkins said the findings highlight the vital importance of a collaborative approach to planning and service delivery to improve oral health for rural communities.

JCU partners with communities in research to try to make services work better for people living and working in the bush. This extends to frontline engagement too.

“The university sends its health professional students, including dentistry students, to remote and rural regions on placements, to do outreach in schools and encourages its graduates to return back to rural and remote areas to work after graduation,” said Professor Larkins.

Dr Felicity Croker said the communities JCU has focused on have been very receptive to working with students and academics.

“They have really taken charge of improving the oral health in their community, particularly for the younger members of their community.  Engaging these communities in changing the direction of their own health care means that the changes are more likely to be appropriate and sustainable.”

By Prof Larkins

JCU Bachelor of Dental Surgery

The BDS 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.

Program: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Location: Cairns, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: August 30, 2017

Entry requirements

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!

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Learn more about JCU Dental School! For more information, contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Sydney Dental School promoting better oral health

The Souths Cares Oral Health road trip kicked off recently for three-day program of oral hygiene clinics promoting better eating and well-being among Aboriginal Year 3-6 school students on the NSW mid and north coasts.

A joint initiative of the University of Sydney‘s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy, and Colgate, Souths Cares encourages young indigenous children to eat well, drink well, clean well, play well and stay well.

Sydney Dental School

Inside the University of Sydney Dental School

“We’re delighted to be teaming up again for the Souths Cares program to promote better oral health in Aboriginal communities,” says Kylie Gwynne, Director of the University of Sydney’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.

Rabbitohs player Nathan Merritt and Rhys Wesser, former State of Origin and Rabbitohs Fullback, who is now a Souths Cares Mentor, will be delivering Oral Health Care sessions and football clinics to 1,500 students from the communities of Casino, Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Macksville and Kempsey.

Indigenous and non-indigenous oral health students sponsored by The Poche Centre will assist clinical staff from the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and the Mid North Coast Local Health District with delivery of health promotion and oral assessment checks.

“This is our third collaboration and the program to help close the health gap in health differences between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians,” says Ms Gwynne.

Untreated dental decay rates are more than twice as high among Aboriginal Australians compared to non-Aboriginal Australians.

“Aboriginal children suffer preventable dental problems,” says Ms Gywnne. “The Souths Cares program is an important way to deliver education, and teeth and gum screening to encourage children to eat well, drink well, clean well, play well and stay well.”

The Poche Centre’s Centre for Oral Health Strategy is a NSW state wide oral health initiative promoting better access to oral health programs and evidence-based strategies to deliver oral health services.

Established by the University of Sydney in 2008 thanks to a generous donation by the philanthropist and Aboriginal health advocate, Greg Poche, The Poche Centre aims to help improve the health and life expectancy of Aboriginal people.

Study dentistry at the Sydney Dental School

As Australia’s first dental school, the Sydney Faculty of Dentistry has been training dental practitioners for more than 100 years.

The faculty fosters research excellence, innovation and collaboration at the highest level, across the spectrum of basic science, clinical practice and population oral health. Their particular focus is on the emerging priorities of chronic disease and ageing.

The Sydney Dental School has a commitment to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, through dental services, oral health education and  research in partnership with Aboriginal Medical Services in regional communities.

Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales Dental Hospital campus (Surry Hills, a suburb of Sydney) and Camperdown/ Darlington campus (main campus)
Semester intake: February 2016
Duration: 4 years

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Would you like more information about Sydney Dental School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 to find out more about how you can apply to the 2016 intake!

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Melbourne project looking at the oral health of children from migrant backgrounds

A project looking at the oral health of children from migrant backgrounds found there are many significant barriers for parents accessing mainstream dental services and oral health information.

Teeth Tales is a community-based child oral health project for Australian families from migrant backgrounds.

The families who benefited from this project had children under four years old, from Iraqi, Lebanese or Pakistani backgrounds living in metropolitan Melbourne.

Maryanne Tadic, Manager of the Population Health Unit for lead partner Merri Community Health Services said it is important to develop alternative options for children from migrant families who may have difficulty accessing information and services.

“We know from previous research conducted in Moreland and Hume from 2006 to 2009, that there are different traditions and beliefs about taking care of teeth,” she said.

Lead researcher, Associate Professor Lisa Gibbs from the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health said the aim of the project was to develop more accessible services promoting child oral health that can be reproduced in other culturally diverse local government areas in Australia.

“International research shows that people from migrant backgrounds are at risk of poor oral health. This raised concerns for the oral health of local children from refugee and migrant backgrounds,” she said.

More than 650 children from these communities received dental screenings. One hundred fifty-one families also attended a local oral health education course led by a trained leader from their cultural group. The course consisted of six hours of oral health education over two weeks, and a site visit to the local community health dental service the following week.

Ms Tadic said that working in partnership with established cultural organisations is critical to health promotion initiatives for families with migrant and refugee backgrounds.

The discussion of traditional oral health practices needs to be incorporated into oral health promotion initiatives.

“Study designs need to include the spread of cultural networks. ‘Teeth Tales’ findings are now directly informing Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) child oral health clinical guidelines,” Associate Professor Gibbs said.

Early results indicate the “Teeth Tales” intervention is promising in terms of increasing tooth brushing frequency and some measures of parental oral health knowledge.

University of Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health aims to strengthen the understanding, capacity and services of society to meet population health needs and to improve the quality and equity of health care.

The population health approach recognizes that health is a capacity or resource rather than a state, a definition which corresponds more to the notion of being able to pursue one’s goals, to acquire skills and education, and to grow.

This broader notion of health recognizes the range of social, economic and physical environmental factors that contribute to health (Public Health Agency of Canada).

Program: Master of Public Health
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February/March
Duration: 1.5 – 2 years (depending on background of candidate)
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline for this public health program, applicants are strongly encouraged by the University of Melbourne to submit their applications a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Entry Requirements: To be eligible to apply, you must have an undergraduate degree in any discipline; or at least 200 points of tertiary study (equal to two full-time years of study) in any discipline and at least five years of documented relevant health-related experience.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Public Health School!

Find out more about public health degrees available at the University of Melbourne. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Public Health Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

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Dentistry at the University of Melbourne Dental School

Interested in dentistry? The Melbourne Dental School offers the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), which incorporates all aspects related to the provision of advanced general dental care to patients as well as teaches students to prepare, develop, execute and write for publication a small research project.

This dentistry course commences with the introduction of specialized oral health subjects to allow students to enter the clinic as quickly as possible to maximize the experience in all aspects and phases of clinical treatment.

The final year of the dental course is comprised of one year-long subject in which the students will spend 40 weeks in clinical settings including the planned University of Melbourne private dental clinic, community health centres and rural community clinics which will include provision of oral health care to the aboriginal community. In addition, students will learn how to run a private dental practice based on a small-business model.

Would you like more information about the Melbourne DDS and about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith to answer any questions you may have regarding dentistry school in Australia. Email Adam at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, May 13th, 2013

UQ oral health volunteers will head to Vanuatu

A team of 10 oral health volunteers, including third-year Bachelor of Oral Health students and staff from the University of Queensland Dental School, will once again head to Malekula Island, Vanuatu this June. The team will collaborate with Vanuatu Health and not-for profit organization, Smile Vanuatu, to provide much needed oral health promotion and clinical assistance to school children.

Vanuatu recorded just six dentists, six therapists and zero hygienists in a study published in the International Dental Journal (2011). The dentist / population ratio sits at a staggering 1:34,812, while the comparable figure for Australia is 1:1,910.

“Last year the team provided over 820 school children with screening and education and transported over 450 kilos of donated dental supplies to Malekula. We would like to achieve even better figures this year,” said Ms Andrea Maguire, UQ Bachelor of Oral Health Lecturer.

About the University of Queensland Dental School

The University of Queensland 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 dental school is located at Turbot Street in the heart of Brisbane City, with operations also at a number of external sites. Shortly, the school will move to the UQ Oral Health Centre (UQOHC) on the UQ Herston campus, alongside the UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR); Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital; and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

University of Queensland Dental School’s Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) 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.

Entry Requirements for the UQ Dentistry Program:

There are two entry pathways in to the Bachelor of Dental Science at the University of Queensland:
1. High School
To be eligible to apply, you must have
– completed a high school diploma;
– completed prerequisite subjects Grade 12 English and Chemistry; and
– attained a high school graduating average from the best six subjects, including the above prerequisites, of 98%.

2. University
To be eligible to apply, you must have
– partially or fully completed an undergraduate degree;
– completed prerequisite subjects including Grade 12 English and Chemistry as a minimum or equivalent subjects at university level; and
– have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 6.5 on a 7-point scale in your university studies. In terms of the GPA requirements, in Canadian terms, it is recommended that you have achieved at least an 80% overall average in your university studies.

Additionally, all international applicants (those who have completed high school and/or university studies) will be required to sit the International Student Admissions Test (ISAT).

Apply to the University of Queensland Dental School!

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Would you like more information about the Bachelor of Dental Science program at the University of Queensland?

Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at any time to assist you with your University of Queensland Dental School application, or to answer any questions you may have regarding dentistry school in Australia. Email Adam at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1 866 698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Learn more about the UQ dental program and about Australian Dental Schools.