Sydney oral health students volunteer at Sydney Homeless Connect event
Bachelor of Oral Health students provided dental assistance to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness at the Sydney Homeless Connect event in Sydney’s Town Hall on July 21, 2015.
Accompanied by faculty staff, students dispensed vital oral hygiene information. Guests were taken for triage assessment by dental alumni, who attended with a team in their mobile dental clinic to provide dental treatment on site.
Cathryn Forsyth, Associate Director Health Education & Promotion with the Sydney Faculty of Dentistry said “It was such a great event to be part of, with so many vulnerable people in our community having the opportunity to access essential services and information. The dental team did a fantastic job at providing oral health advice and dental treatment to hundreds of guests.”
Students and staff found that dispensing even the most basic oral hygiene advice was greatly appreciated. Many students were also able to use their varied language skills to assist people who spoke little or no English.
Sydney Faculty of Dentistry Dean Chris Peck described the event as having “confirmed the faculty’s engagement and commitment to our community’s welfare. I was very proud of the professionalism displayed on the day. The students were great ambassadors for the university.”
Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine
The Sydney Dental School’s Doctor of Dental Medicine is a graduate-entry program that has been purposefully designed to adhere to the well-rounded course structure of the North American postgraduate model, but has also maintained the sophisticated clinical training for which the University of Sydney has come to be renowned, giving students an applicable knowledge of dental health from the community to the laboratory.
Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Next available semester intake: February 2017
Duration: 4 years