New UQ Oral Health Centre
The UQ Oral Health Centre will be 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 care.
UQ has provided the site at its Herston campus, just 3.8 km from the UQ Dental School’s current Turbot Street location.
The Oral Health Centre is positioned alongside UQ School of Medicine and UQ School of Population Health, and is immediately adjacent to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
The Royal Children’s Hospital Inner Northern Busway is also conveniently located directly across the road.
UQ Oral Health Centre teaching facilities will include clinical simulation areas, pre-clinical laboratories, lecture/seminar rooms, and research laboratories. Students will have access to more than 150 dental chairs distributed across 11 clinics, covering general practice dentistry, oral rehabilitation, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral radiology, oral medicine, periodontics, endodontics, special needs dentistry and other specialist services, as well as a state-of-the-art imaging centre, a learning centre and library.
Areas of specialist expertise will include oral cancer diagnosis and treatment, with clinics for oral cancer outpatient care, including speech pathology, dietetics and ENT, involving health professionals as well as students from other schools in the UQ Faculty of Health Sciences. These will be conjoint with other multi-disciplinary inter-professional clinics, including special needs dentistry. This will provide excellent physical integration of patient care with ready access to the Queensland Radium Institute, the RBWH Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, the RBWH Maxillo-Facial Unit, and other relevant inpatient and outpatient care facilities.
University of Queensland Dental School
The University of Queensland Dental School’s Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) students enter this program in second year, following one year of science at the university. The remaining four years of the program involve three years of applied dental science and one year of extramural clinical practice.
Clinical work begins in second year and is broadened in the third and fourth years of study. Each student is assigned patients and is then responsible for the dental care of these patients. The final year of study provides external clinical experience. Students will be rotated to a variety of state government health clinics including rural, school, hospital and community clinics.
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: October 31, 2014