University of Sydney Handbooks - 2018 Archive

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Dean of Dentistry

At the University of Sydney, we have been providing dental health education and training since 1901. The Faculty of Dentistry is part of Australia's most comprehensive group of health-related faculties, including Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Public Health and Medical Sciences. This breadth and depth in health education and research at Sydney provides our students with outstanding opportunities in research and education which ultimately provide gains in sustainable, innovative and excellent health care. We are committed to the sustainability of community dental health through dental health education, training and intellectual discovery. Integral to this are our University, government, industry and dental profession collaborations. To facilitate this purpose, we are undergoing an organisational change in health and launching a new Faculty of medicine and Health in 2018. Furthermore, we are ‘putting the Mouth into Health’, through the discovery of new knowledge translated into practice, education of the profession and leadership in public discourse.

We provide a suite of coursework and research training programs that maximise the potential of our students. We are privileged to have the most promising students enrol in dentistry and we strive to enhance and maximise their potential.

Research training is available at the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy levels across biological and clinical sciences, population oral health and educational research. One of the faculty's goals is to integrate our basic and applied research activities to ultimately improve health and wellbeing in the community. We will achieve this through engaged enquiry, where we engage researchers, teachers, government, industry and the community. We have strong links with the Institute for Dental Research at Westmead Centre for Oral Health, the Australian Dental Association and Australian Dental Industry Association. These partners provide us with expertise, practical insight and resources for our academic activities. I encourage you to visit the research area of our website and contact us for more information. We are always on the lookout for active minds interested in a research career.

Our coursework programs cover the majority of general and specialist dental practice and public dental health. In these courses, the common goal is to develop graduates who are lifelong learners committed to the highest professional and ethical standards. We work closely with the
other health disciplines in the delivery of our courses. Our postgraduate education has a major focus on advancing clinical skills for dentists, and we also offer a unique opportunity for those interested in population oral health to enrol in a postgraduate degree. Here we work closely with the School of Public Health and the NSW Health Department to develop graduates for a career in public health. For those looking for short courses, our continuing education program has a broad range of courses to meet the needs of every enquiring mind.

While our most important assets and focus are our people, we could not achieve our purpose without our university, government, industry and dental profession collaborations. We have enormous talent in our academic and administrative staff and this explains why we are able to provide the large range of courses on offer.

We look forward to you joining us, whether as a student, a staff member or someone with an interest in the future of dentistry and the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Professor Chris Peck
Dean of Dentistry