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Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Bush dentistry attracts esteemed UQ School of Dentistry alumni

What inspired two former presidents of the Australian Dental Association Queensland Branch (ADAQ) to take up leadership positions in rural dental clinics?

For UQ School of Dentistry alumnus Dr Derek Lewis, the Supervising Dentist Team Leader at UQ’s St George Dental Clinic it was to encourage students to experience the joys of rural practice, as he did throughout his career.

Bush dentistry attracts esteemed UQ School of Dentistry alumni

Dr Ralph Kelsey, Clinical Coordinator (Jade Utz) and Dental Assistant (Halina Nettelfield) (Photo: UQ)

“When I graduated, I was very much the ‘wet behind the ears’ city boy,” Dr Lewis said.

“Working for Queensland Health, I was appointed in Cloncurry as ‘Dentist in Charge’ and was the only dentist in the Cloncurry and Julia Creek clinics.

“Following that, I spent 18 months at the Collinsville Dental Clinic where I thoroughly enjoyed the exposure to rural and remote practice and very quickly became involved in the local community.

“Whilst I had found a passion for working in rural communities, it was when I was president of the ADAQ in 1999 that I was enlightened to the problem of access to dental services away from the major coastal centres.”

Following Derek’s 35-plus years as a practicing dentist working in both private and public practices in city and rural areas, he is looking forward to instilling in students some of the worldly wisdom he accumulated along the way.

“Encouraging more dentists to ‘The Bush’ is a very important health service I can assist with, as well as provide the students with a successful career choice.”

For University of Queensland alumnus Dr Ralph Kelsey, the Supervising Dentist Team Leader at UQ’s Dalby Dental Clinic, it was having an educational role within the university he graduated from and working in a town he had a family connection with that drew him back.

“My mother was raised on a property north of Roma where my siblings and I worked for most of our school holidays, so I am quite familiar with the challenges and satisfaction of living and working in a rural environment,” Dr Kelsey said.

“Whilst ADAQ President I was made aware of the significant challenges that dentists working in rural and remote areas faced, such as specialist referrals, dental laboratories, equipment maintenance, staff and mentorship.

“In this role I hope to be able to impart the skills and knowledge I gained after almost 35 years in clinical practice to the dental students.”

As the Dalby Dental Clinic is based within the Goondir Health Services, there is a high proportion of Indigenous patients from the Goondir Community.

“Students find that there are many health challenges being experienced by the patients which impact the delivery of care and the structure of comprehensive treatment plans,” Dr Kelsey said.

“They are finding the Goondir patients very pleasant to care for and very appreciative of the service provided by the students.

“It is very satisfying being able to support the university and students in this location.”

UQ School of Dentistry  Head of School Professor Pauline Ford said the School was extremely fortunate to benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of Dr Lewis and Dr Kelsey.

“Their experience in both private practice and hospital clinics in city, regional and rural areas provides an excellent basis for future dental practitioners to learn from, and to encourage students to return to the bush after graduation.”

Both clinics are operated in partnership with UQ’s School of Dentistry and Goondir Health Services, supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Dental Training Expanding Rural Placements (DTERP) Program and Rural Health and Medical Training (RHMT) Fund.

Studying at the UQ School of Dentistry

UQ School of Dentistry’s Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) (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. The program which provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitude they require in order to become competent practitioners of dentistry.

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 Dental School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Caitlin Sargeant at caitlin@oztrekk.com.

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.

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.

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Studying dental science at the University of Queensland

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.”

dental science at the University of Queensland

Learn more about dental science at UQ

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 2015
Program Duration: 5 years
Application Deadline: October 30, 2015

Entry Requirements for the UQ Dentistry Program

There are two entry pathways:

1. High School
To be eligible to apply, you must have

  • completed a high school diploma;
  • completed prerequisite subjects Grade 12 English and Chemistry;
  • attained an average of 98% or higher in their top six Grade 12 classes; and
  • not have completed any post-secondary studies

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 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). There is no minimum ISAT score indicated by UQ Dentistry. Applicants should strive to achieve the highest score possible.

Apply now to UQ Dental School!

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Would you like more information about UQ Dental School and about how you can study in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

About the UQ Oral Health Centre

The University of Queensland School of Dentistry is recognised 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 UQ School of Dentistry has now relocated to the UQ Oral Health Centre (UQOHC) located on the UQ Herston campus, alongside the UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

The UQOHC is the nation’s largest and most advanced tertiary oral health facility and brings together renowned academics and researchers, leading practitioners and top tier students who are united by their passion to improve the lives of everyday Australians through better dental care.

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
Program Duration: 5 years
Application Deadline: October 31, 2015

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

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

$134m UQ facility a leader for Australian oral health

The University of Queensland has unveiled the nation’s largest and most advanced tertiary dental facility, a $134-million Oral Health Centre at Herston in Brisbane’s inner north.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj and Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy were joined at the opening by Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley.

UQ Dentistry

VIPs at the opening (L – R): Federal Member for Ryan Jane Prentice, Health and Behavioural Sciences Dean Professor Bruce Abernethy, Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick, Federal Minister for Health Sussan Ley, UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj, Federal Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro, School of Dentistry head Professor Lakshman Samaranayake and State member for Brisbane Central Grace Grace. (Photo credit: UQ)

Ms Ley said the $104-million Australian Government contribution to the Oral Health Centre provided Queenslanders with improved access to a range of high quality oral health services and facilities.

“This ensures the community receives the most appropriate care earlier and builds on the Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to improving the delivery of health services,” Ms Ley said.

“This centre is particularly impressive through the bringing together of academic and researchers, leading practitioners and students.

“It will support the current and future dental profession.”

Also in attendance at the opening were Federal Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro, Federal Member for Ryan Jane Prentice, Queensland Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick, and State Member for Brisbane Central Grace Grace.

State government contributed $3 million towards the Oral Health Centre, on which design began in 2009.

Professor Høj said the impressive facility offered a broad range of dental services to the public and provided industry-leading education for high-achieving UQ Dentistry students.

“This is a home befitting the future professionals of Queensland oral health, channelling their outstanding academic achievements into top-class services for the community,” Professor Høj said.

“The UQ Oral Health Centre has been a significant project over several years and is a fine facility of which we can be proud.

“UQ has been at the forefront of Australian dentistry for the best part of a century, and this ensures we continue to set the standard for coming generations.”

Located next to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, the centre will focus on general dentistry, as well as specialist services including orthodontics and periodontics.

Aside from having roughly double the number of patient chairs as the UQ School of Dentistry’s former home at Turbot Street in Brisbane’s CBD, each chair comes with its own x-ray machine.

All general dentistry clinics boast two demonstration chairs with facilities to record and stream procedures, while the radiography clinic houses four of the latest diagnostic machines.

The upper levels feature a certified Physical Containment (PC2) research laboratory, two operating theatres and a specialist 15-chair suite with state-of-the-art microscopic equipment and intra-oral cameras.

A total of 161 seats are provided for students to be educated in multi-functional dental simulation laboratories utilising identical equipment to that used in general dental practice.

Professor Abernethy said the centre remained central and was a one-zone public transport journey from the CBD via the Inner Northern Busway.

“It boasts excellent proximity to the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine, the QIMR-Berghofer Medical Research Institute, existing public health infrastructure and other UQ health activities, including nursing and medicine,” Professor Abernethy said.

“Students have access to 173 top-of-the-range dental chairs across 11 clinics, as well as a state-of-the-art imaging centre, a learning centre, book store and café.

“This facility will ultimately help improve the quality of dental service provision for Australians – and for Queenslanders in particular.”

UQ has recruited dental scientist Professor Lakshman ‘Sam’ Samaranayake to steer the UQ School of Dentistry through its exciting next phase.

Professor Samaranayake was previously Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Hong Kong for a decade, and has authored more than 400 publications and been a consultant for the World Bank.

The centre was designed by Cox Rayner Architects, who designed  the new ferry terminal and pedestrian link at  UQ’s St Lucia campus and other  Brisbane projects, including the Kurilpa Bridge, the James Street Market and One One One Eagle Street.

The centre connects the Royal Brisbane Hospital to the adjacent heritage-listed 1930s Mayne Medical School.

The Oral Health Centre’s environmental features include a natural ventilation system for all major social spaces within the building.

UQ’s previous dental education facility at Turbot Street treated patients from throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) at the University of Queensland

Program: Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) (Honours)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester Intake: February
Program Duration: 5 years
Application Deadline: October 31, 2015

Apply now to UQ Dental School!

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Would you like more information about UQ Dental School and about how you can study dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).