Upgraded training laboratories for dental students

On Tuesday 17 December, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Professor Shitij Kapur, and Acting Head of the Melbourne Dental School, Professor Michael McCullough, officially opened refurbished technical teaching spaces at the Melbourne Dental School.

Professors Kapur and McCullough speaking at the official opening.

The refurbishment has increased the capacity of teaching spaces at the Dental School to accommodate higher student numbers.

Upgrades include the installation of eight new pre-clinical simulated dental chairs and two new Moog haptic simulation machines at the Melbourne Oral Health Training and Education Centre (MOHTEC), and an expansion of labs at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) to accommodate 14 new pre-clinical dental work spaces.

New pre-clinical simulated dental chairs at MOHTEC.

All building work was planned to minimise impact on teaching, and the upgraded teaching spaces remained in use over the duration of the refurbishment.

At the official opening, Professor Kapur said: "When we are investing in facilities like these, what we are actually investing in is the student experience. Enriching the teaching and learning experience will see us continue to make a valuable contribution to dentistry and oral health in this country."

Professor Kapur being given a demonstration of one of the new pre-clinical simulated dental chairs by Dental School Lecturer Dr Anu Polster.

The Faculty thanks all who contributed to the successful completion of this project.