Melbourne Oral Health Training and Education Centre
The Melbourne Oral Health Training and Education Centre (MOHTEC) comprises a 51-chair specialist-focused, private-patient Melbourne Dental Clinic and a 50-seat preclinical simulation laboratory. The centre enables an essential expansion of the Melbourne Dental School and the transformation of current dental education through a vertically integrated, clinically oriented suite of programs.
Enhanced Teaching and Learning
MOHTEC gives more students more hours of higher-quality clinical experience, both through high-fidelity clinical simulation and direct patient-contact in a working clinic delivering general and specialist treatments. Under the Melbourne Model, aspiring dentists will gain foundational scientific and biomedical knowledge at an undergraduate level and then enter a the graduate professional-entry Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) with an advanced clinical training focus. Once qualified, dentists can earn specialist qualifications through the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. They will be trained alongside future dental hygienists and therapists studying the Bachelor of Oral Health.
Infrastructure and Operations
The preclinical simulation laboratory component of MOHTEC has been incorporated into the Melbourne Dental School with 50 sophisticated workstations, integrated with computer-aided learning suites that include simulated patient dummies. This enables students to develop high-level practical skills by offering a full simulation of the clinical environment.
After extensive learning in the preclinical simulation laboratory, students will gain wide-ranging patient contact clinical experience in the new Melbourne Dental Clinic. The clinic will be managed and operated as a private commercial entity. It will feature 51 dental chairs comprising 10 general, 4 multipurpose and 37 specialist chairs. The specialist chairs are split between four specialties: orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics.