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.
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