Celebrating 110 years of Sydney Dental Hospital
Sydney Dental Hospital recently celebrated serving their community for 110 years. A week of celebrations was officially launched on the hospital site. Guest speakers included Dr Teresa Anderson, Chief Executive, Sydney Local Health District; Clinical Associate Professor Sameer Bhole, Clinical Director Oral Health Services, Sydney Local Health District; Associate Professor Norton Duckmanton, Sydney Dental Hospital.
The Sydney Dental School, an integral part of the fabric of the hospital since its establishment, was part of the celebration and Professor Chris Peck, Dean of the faculty was also a guest speaker. Professor Peck said, “It is wonderful to be part of this landmark celebration. Sydney Local Health District, Sydney Dental Hospital and the Faculty of Dentistry have been partners in supporting our community for a long time and it is an honour to be involved today.
“Sydney Dental Hospital is the site for many of our students to train and conduct research. We offer an extensive suite of courses, which produces graduates who work within the public and private clinical settings and in academia. Our students provide over a quarter of a million hours of face-to-face patient care each year to help those most in need. We are proud of the contribution of our students and staff, who from this hospital, provide frontline services to the local community.”
Professor Peck went on to speak about projects that the faculty and hospital have worked on in partnership, including providing oral health services to the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and working closely to establish scholarships and research projects that encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait students to enrol in dentistry.
“The future is rosy for the University of Sydney and the Sydney Local Health District and we recognise the need for the Sydney Dental Hospital to become a hub for interprofessional health including medical, nursing and allied health professionals, to improve the services available to the local community. We look forward to continuing to work closely together in the future.”
Dr Teresa Anderson added, “Sydney Dental Hospital is and always has been a centre for learning, with strong research and training facilities that allow us to educate the clinicians of tomorrow. We are proud of our 130 year relationship with the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney, which continues to grow in strength.”
The Sydney Dental Hospital, the only dental hospital of its kind in NSW, is a centre of excellence that throughout its history has been a key driver in shaping oral health and dental care in Australia. For 110 years it has been a home to employees, students, and most important, patients.
This year the hospital will celebrate its first 110 years, during which it has helped hundreds of thousands of people from across NSW access world-class dental care.