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Monday, June 19th, 2017

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian dental school, is it valid in Canada?

Students at JCU dental school

Absolutely! Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates. To become a licensed dentist in Canada, graduates of accredited dental programs must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada’s (NDEB) Certification Process. The Certification Process comprises two examinations. These examinations are based on the competencies required to be a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.

Your Pathway to Certification

  1. Application – Create an online application through the NDEB portal.
  2. Registration for the Examinations – Register for available examinations through your online profile.
  3. Proof of Graduation – Provide an original official transcript of marks indicating date of convocation.
  4. Certification – When you have passed both examinations and proof of graduation is received, you will be certified and a certificate will be issued.
  5. Provincial Licensure – Requests for licensure are made through the provincial dental regulatory authorities.

Ready to take that next step? Apply to an Australian dental school!

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Do you need help with your Australian dental school application? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Study dentistry in Australia, practice in Canada

If you’ve been considering studying dentistry, you know that there are 10 Canadian dental schools. But what if you’d like to study internationally? If you earn a dentistry degree from an Australian Dental School, is it valid in Canada?

Australian Dental Schools in Australia

Study dentistry in Australia

Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic graduates.

To become a licensed dentist in Canada, graduates of accredited dental programs must successfully complete the National Dental Examining Board of Canada‘s (NDEB) Certification Process. The Certification Process comprises two examinations. These examinations are based on the competencies required to be a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.

The written examination consists of two 2.5-hour examination papers. Each examination paper contains 150 multiple-choice type items. The examination tests foundation science knowledge and applied clinical science knowledge and judgment.

For the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), clinical judgment and problem-solving skills are tested in a case-based examination. Patient data is presented in timed stations with extended match-type questions. Candidates may also be required to review patient information and write an acceptable prescription for a medication commonly prescribed by general dentists in Canada.

Your Pathway to Certification

  1. Application
    Create an online application through the NDEB portal.
  2. Registration for the Examinations
    Register for available examinations through your online profile.
  3. Proof of Graduation
    Provide an original official transcript of marks indicating date of convocation.
  4. Certification
    When you have passed both examinations and proof of graduation is received, you will be certified and a certificate will be issued.
  5. Provincial Licensure
    Requests for licensure are made through the provincial dental regulatory authorities.

For detailed information, be sure to visit NDEB website: http://www.ndeb.ca/

Ready to take that next step? Apply to an Australian Dental School!

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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.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

University of Melbourne dental researchers: is sugar-free still bad for teeth?

Scientists at the University of Melbourne’s Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre have warned about the damage sugar-free drinks can do to tooth enamel.

Researchers in the centre tested 23 different types of drink, including soft drinks and sports drinks, and found drinks that contain acidic additives and with low pH levels cause measurable damage to dental enamel, even if the drink is sugar-free.

Melbourne Dental School

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“Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake does reduce your risk of dental decay, the chemical mix of acids in some foods and drinks can cause the equally damaging condition of dental erosion,” Melbourne Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds, CEO of the Oral Health CRC, said.

“Dental erosion occurs when acid dissolves the hard tissues of the tooth. In its early stages erosion strips away the surface layers of tooth enamel. If it progresses to an advanced stage it can expose the soft pulp inside the tooth.”

Early dental erosion can usually be reversed by oral health professionals with treatments to replace lost minerals.  In more advanced cases, the lost surface of a tooth may need a filling or crown.

Studies in the Oral Health CRC measured dental enamel softening and tooth surface loss following exposure to a range of drinks.

Significant findings:

  • The majority of soft drinks and sports drinks caused softening of dental enamel by 30%-50%.
  • Both sugar-containing and sugar-free soft drinks (including flavoured mineral waters) produced  measurable loss of the tooth surface, with no significant difference between the two groups of drinks.
  • Of 8 sports drinks tested, all but 2 (those with higher calcium content) were found to cause loss of dental enamel.

The Oral Health CRC has this week released a briefing paper outlining the findings of its dental erosion studies and is recommending better consumer information and product labelling to help people consider their oral health when selecting food and drink products.

Professor Reynolds says sugar-free labelling does not necessarily mean a product is safe for teeth.

“We have even found sugar-free confectionery products that are labelled ‘Toothfriendly’ and which when tested were found to be erosive.”

Preventing dental erosion:

  • Check ingredients for acidic additives, especially citric acid (ingredient number 330) and phosphoric acid (ingredient number 338).
  • Drink more water (preferably fluoridated) and limit soft drinks and sports drinks.
  • After eating or drinking acidic products, don’t brush your teeth straight away as this can remove the softened tooth layer. Instead, rinse your mouth with water and wait one hour before brushing.
  • Have regular check-ups with your oral health professional.

About the Oral Health CRC

The Oral Health CRC is a consortium of university and industry partners based at the University of Melbourne and supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. The Centre carries out world-class scientific and clinical research to advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases.

University of Melbourne Dental School

The Melbourne DDS 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. Students will spend their entire final year in clinical settings including the planned Melbourne Dental School private dental clinic, community health centres and rural community clinics which will include provision of oral health care to the aboriginal community. Students will also learn how to run a private practice based on a small-business model.

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was July 30, 2015.

Apply now to the University of Melbourne Dental School!

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For information about the Melbourne DDS program and about the 2017 intake, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

The mission of the Melbourne Dental School

The mission of the Melbourne Dental School is to be a world-class, research-based school, offering education of the highest quality and to play a leading national and international role with particular relevance to the Asia-Pacific region.

University of Melbourne Dental School

Inside the Melbourne Dental School

In recent years, the school has attracted more research funding than any other dental school in Australia and in 2003-4 established a Cooperative Research Centre for Oral Health Science and the Victorian Centre for Oral Health Science. The school has a major commitment to undergraduate dental education and the training of dental therapists and dental hygienists. It is at the forefront of graduate dental education and has Australia’s largest postgraduate program. It also offers a variety of exciting and valuable continuing professional development programs for dental practitioners. The diverse range of Australian and international students from many social and ethnic backgrounds provides a stimulating intellectual environment which enhances the learning experience for all students at the school.

The Melbourne Dental School has a strong tradition in dental research and an established international reputation in several research areas. Research in the school is an integral component of staff and student activities underpinning both the undergraduate and graduate curricula. The school is ranked as the leading dental research organisation in Australia by the Department of Education, Science and Training. Globally, it has been ranked together with the leading dental schools at Harvard University and the University of Toronto based on the achievements of its staff and students. The major research activities of the school are conducted by four major research groups which cover a vast area of scientific research from basic science to clinical studies and involve a range of scientific disciplines.

The school provides a stimulating and challenging intellectual environment at the forefront of oral health science research with state-of-the-art technologies and international collaborations.

University of Melbourne Dental School

The Melbourne DDS 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. Students will spend their entire final year in clinical settings including the planned Melbourne Dental School private dental clinic, community health centres and rural community clinics which will include provision of oral health care to the aboriginal community. Students will also learn how to run a private practice based on a small-business model.

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

Apply now to the University of Melbourne Dental School!

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For information about the Melbourne DDS program and about the 2017 intake, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Melbourne dentistry application timeline for 2016 intake

If you’ve been thinking about applying to the Melbourne Dental School, please note that the application deadline for the Melbourne DDS program is July 31, 2015; however, in order for your application and supporting documents to be submitted to the university on time, you are encouraged to submit your documents before noon Thursday, July 30, 2015.

University of Melbourne Dental School

Inside the Melbourne Dental Clinic

Application Timeline for 2016 Intake

  • Application deadline: July 31, 2015. All application documents must be received by Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 12 noon.*
  • Last date to submit DAT results: July 30, 2015
  • Last date to submit university transcripts (final results): July 30, 2015
  • Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 19 – 20, 2015
  • Deadline to accept (unconditional) offer of admission and pay deposit: November 17, 2015
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 17, 2015
  • Enrollment deadline: January 14, 2016
  • Mandatory DDS Orientation: January 21, 2016 (TBC)
  • First day of class: January 25, 2016 (TBC)

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

Apply now to Melbourne Dental School!

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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 at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Melbourne DDS learning outcomes

With state-of-the-art technologies, the Doctor of Dental Surgery at the Melbourne Dental School uses new infrastructure, including a 100-seat pre-clinical laboratory and the new Melbourne University Dental Clinic for advanced clinical teaching.

University of Melbourne Dental School

Inside the Melbourne Dental School

Highly qualified academics with research experience from leading universities around the world deliver the course using lectures, pre-clinical practical classes and clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry.

Learning Outcomes of the Melbourne DDS

  • acquire essential factual knowledge to become a general dentist and leader of the oral health team
  • disease processes and mechanisms together with their aetiologyclinical manifestations, prevention and treatment
  • professional skills and attitudes expected of a dental practitioner
  • the ability to critically appraise research evidence relevant to common oral problems
  • induce oral health changes in individual patients and their families
  • practice effectively in oral health promotion and education
  • achieve the competencies identified by the Dental Practice Boards of Australia necessary for practice as a registered general dentist
  • communicate effectively with patients and their relatives, also  with professional colleagues and members of other health professions

University of Melbourne Dental School

The Melbourne DDS 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. Students will spend their entire final year in clinical settings including the planned Melbourne Dental School private dental clinic, community health centres and rural community clinics which will include provision of oral health care to the aboriginal community. Students will also learn how to run a private practice based on a small-business model.

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application Deadline for the 2016 Intake: July 31, 2015. Please note that all application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 12 noon in order for your complete application to be submitted to the university on time.

Apply now to the University of Melbourne Dental School!

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For information about the Melbourne DDS program and about the 2016 intake, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Melbourne study shows older Australians going online for better dental health

Losing teeth is not an inevitable consequence of ageing according to researchers in the Oral Health CRC at the University of Melbourne.

That is the clear message coming from a new online learning program to help older Australians maintain and improve their oral health, and keep their natural teeth.

University of Melbourne Dental School

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Older adults have been identified by public health agencies as a group highly vulnerable to poor oral health, including dental decay, gum disease (periodontitis) and oral cancer.

Loss of natural teeth often leads to problems with eating and speaking, and further problems in the mouth.

But researchers say that, armed with some basic oral health knowledge and proven techniques for looking after teeth and mouths, older Australians should expect to maintain healthy, natural teeth into older age.

The new web-based oral health education program is a series of 10 interactive tutorials developed and trialled by researchers.

Project leader Associate Professor Rodrigo Mariňo said the people who took part in the trial embraced the new technology and made positive changes to their dental care routines.

“The learning materials were developed by oral health experts after extensive consultation with older adults,” Associate Professor Mariňo said. “They specifically address oral health issues for older people, in a way that people can understand and act on.”

The online program was trialled with adults over the age of 55 from the City of Whittlesea who completed the online tutorials in libraries, community centres and from home.

At the completion of the trial, people had increased their factual knowledge of oral health and disease, and had improved their daily and weekly oral health care.

The program covers oral health issues that are of particular concern to older people, including decay of the tooth root, periodontitis (gum disease), dry mouth caused by medications for health conditions such as hypertension, gum recession and how to access public dental services.

The series of online tutorials is available for free to the public. Health and aged care professionals can also use the program to encourage better oral health care among patients and residents.

This project was a collaboration between the Oral Health CRC at the University of Melbourne, Bupa Health Foundation and the City of Whittlesea, Victoria.

University of Melbourne Dental School

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.

Students will spend their entire final year in clinical settings including the planned Melbourne Dental School private dental clinic, community health centres and rural community clinics which will include provision of oral health care to the aboriginal community. Students will also learn how to run a private practice based on a small-business model.

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years

For information about the Melbourne DDS program and about the 2016 intake, please contact OzTREKK‘s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Melbourne DDS application deadline for 2015 intake

If you’ve been thinking about applying to Melbourne Dental School, please note that the application deadline for the Melbourne DDS program is June 23, 2014. In order for your application and supporting documents to be submitted to the university on time, you are encouraged to submit your documents before 4 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014.

University of Melbourne Dental School

Learn more about the Melbourne DDS

Application Timeline for the Melbourne DDS

  • Application deadline: June 23, 2014 (Melbourne time)*
  • Last date to sit MCAT for 2015 intake: May 31, 2014
  • Last date to submit DAT/MCAT results: July 7, 2014
  • Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 20 – 21, 2014
  • Deadline to accept offer of admission and pay deposit: November 17, 2014
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 17, 2014
  • Mandatory DDS Orientation: January 22 – 23, 2015
  • Enrollment deadline: January 23, 2015
  • First day of class: January 27, 2015

University: Melbourne Dental School
Course: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Duration: 4 years
Description: 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.

Students will spend their entire final year in clinical settings including the planned Melbourne Dental School private dental clinic, community health centres and rural community clinics which will include provision of oral health care to the aboriginal community. Students will also learn how to run a private practice based on a small-business model.

Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized international university within the past 10 years;
  • completed prerequisite second-year subjects (one semester each) in human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry (approved by Melbourne);
  • completed an entrance examination: either the Canadian DAT, US DAT, or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Please note that the carving portion of the Canadian DAT is not required for Melbourne Dental School; however, if you have completed the carving section of the test, this score will be considered. Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. There is no minimum cutoff GPA or DAT score for this program; however, a high level of academic standard is required for entry.

The University of Melbourne charges $100 AUD application fee for the Doctor of Dental Surgery program.

For the 2015 intake, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at Melbourne has advised OzTREKK that we may request a fee waiver for our Melbourne DDS applicants who meet certain admissions criteria. When you submit your University of Melbourne application to OzTREKK, your OzTREKK admissions officer will automatically consider you for a Melbourne application fee waiver. We will let you know if your application fee can be waived as an OzTREKK student! For more information about the fee waiver, contact Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith adam@oztrekk.com.

*Please submit your documents by Friday, June 20, 2014.

Apply now to Melbourne Dental School!

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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 at any time to assist you with your 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.

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Success for OzTREKK Australian Dental Schools applicants

OzTREKK is proud to announce that approximately 90 per cent of international students who have been accepted and have enrolled into a 2013-intake Australian dentistry program for the following Australian universities applied through OzTREKK!

James Cook University Dental School

University of Melbourne Dental School

University of Sydney Dental School

OzTREKK is proud to help all students pursue their dreams, but sometimes attaining those dreams is a little more difficult than anticipated. The reality for many Canadian students pursuing professional degrees is that demand for seats in professional programs heavily outweighs the supply within Canada’s education system. For instance, Canadian dental schools currently only accept a combined total of 331 students each year.

In 2010 the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB) started recognizing the reciprocal agreement between the Australian Dental Council and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. The agreement allows accredited graduates of either body to practice dentistry in Australia or Canada. It also means Canadian students returning home with dentistry degrees earned in Australia can follow the same licensing process as Canadian domestic graduates. Full licensure is granted after successfully completing the National Exam administered by the NDEB.

About Australian Dental Schools in Australia

Australian dental schools in Australia have traditionally offered professional degrees at the undergraduate level, and students enrol in these Bachelor of Dental Science degrees straight from secondary school. OzTREKK‘s universities, the University of Queensland (UQ) and James Cook University (JCU), offer five-year dentistry programs at the undergraduate level.

The University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney recently introduced four-year, graduate-entry dental programs in Australia—the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), respectively. Canadian applicants must complete an undergraduate degree, the MCAT or DAT, and undergraduate prerequisite subjects to be eligible for admission to the Melbourne Dental School and Sydney Dental School.

James Cook University Dental School launched its dentistry program in 2009, and welcomed international students for the first time in 2012, at the beautiful JCU Cairns campus. JCU accepts applications from high school graduates or from those who have completed university studies.

The University of Queensland Dental School offers a five-year, undergraduate-entry Bachelor of Dental Science degree. Students may enter the UQ dentistry program directly from high school or after having partially or fully completed post-secondary studies; however, with only two or three international places available each year for applicants from countries like Canada, applicants must have graduated at the very top of their class to be competitive for admission into this UQ program.

Students from Canada, who have already completed an undergraduate degree, can apply for entry into Australian dentistry programs at either the graduate-entry or undergraduate-entry levels.

Learn more about dentistry programs in Australia:
James Cook University Dental School
University of Melbourne Dental School
University of Queensland Dental School
University of Sydney Dental School

Contact OzTREKK for more information about studying dentistry in Australia!

Apply now to Australian Dental Schools in Australia!

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