UWA Dental School
WA's only tertiary dental training centre
The UWA Dental School is WA’s only tertiary dental training centre, offering aspiring and existing dentists a range of practical and innovative postgraduate courses in a high-tech dental teaching and learning facility.
The graduate Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program extends over 4 years and is clinically focused with early clinical contact and exposure to research activity. The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent) postgraduate speciality training extends over 3 years, offering programs in Dento-maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry and Oral Medicine. These programs enrich the training environment at the School, and offer opportunities for advanced patient care.
The School operates the Oral Health Centre of WA (OHCWA), a centralised public tertiary referral centre and dental teaching hospital, where eligible patients are treated on behalf of the State Government of WA. OHCWA offers a full range of general and speciality dental services to the Western Australian community, and we are proud of the high standard of care provided by our clinicians, dental clinical assistants and laboratory technicians.
“We strive to integrate education, research and clinical care; so our graduates can serve both individual patients and communities. Dentists also need skill sets and knowledge which enable them to participate with other health care professionals, to holistically cater for health needs of the Western Australian, Australian and overseas communities.”
Professor Hien Ngo, Dean and Head, UWA Dental School, and Director, Oral Health Centre of Western Australia.
Our vision, mission and motto
To be recognised internationally as a contemporary, progressive, innovative and vibrant centre of excellence in dentistry.
To achieve excellence in dental education, research and oral health care to the benefit of our local community and the advancement of dentistry globally.
Achieve excellence, pursue impossible.
Doctor of Dental Medicine
You'll be based at the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia, a high-tech dental teaching hospital and learning facility on the UWA Health campus in Nedlands. You will learn by treating patients under close supervision by highly experienced and skilled tutors, or by observing general and specialist dentists treating a wide range of dental conditions. Successful graduates can register with the Dental Board of Australia as a dentist and enter the profession immediately.
Doctor of Clinical Dentistry
The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is a three-year, full-time specialist training program for qualified dentists accredited by the Australian Dental Council for specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. For further information on our specialisations which include Dento-maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry and Oral Medicine, click here.
Limited places are available for January 2021 intake for Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Oral Medicine.
Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2020.
Oral imaging research at the UWA Dental School aims to improve diagnostic imaging skills and knowledge to benefit patient care and health.Read more about Oral imaging
Our research seeks to provide evidence for the many technical aspects of root canal treatment that have not been investigated previously.Read more about Endodontics
Our research at The University of Western Australia aims to understand the cellular molecular mechanism of oral biology to support and aid oral tissue regeneration and healing.Read more about Craniofacial Biology
Oral Medicine & Pathology Research Group
Our group members are nationally and internationally reputed for their outstanding contribution to the recent advances in the field of oral diseases.Read more about Oral Medicine & Pathology Research Group
Biomaterials and Nano-Dentistry
This research group aims to translate biomaterials and nanotechnology research to clinical dentistry to provide better dental treatment for patients.Read more about Biomaterials and Nano-Dentistry
Research Day 2019
The UWA Dental School Research Day was held on Friday 28 June at the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research to showcase the exciting research being undertaken within the School. With 170 attendees, the day was extremely well attended, and demonstrates the increased interest in our research activities.Read more
UWA dentist honoured for work with disadvantaged communities
UWA paediatric dentist Dr Jilen Patel has been named 2019 7News Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year and also awarded the Masonic Care WA/Freemasons WA Community Service and Volunteering Award for his work with vulnerable communities.Read more
UWA's Dental School celebrates 70 years
Our history started in 1946 when the first intake of dental students was admitted, and in 1951 the first cohort of dentists graduated from the University.Read more
Henry Schein Halas visit
In recognition and appreciation of Henry Schein Halas, Mr Mike Covey, Vice President & Managing Director, Mrs Gayle Jones, WA Branch Manager, and Ms Teresa Swarbrick, Sales Specialist Corporate & Government were invited to visit the UWA Dental School.Read more
AJ Herman Fellowship Lecture
Each year the Dental School invites a distinguished scholar from outside Western Australia to the University to undertake research or to teach in the School. A lecture is presented by the Fellowship awardee.
In 2019, the School welcomed Professor W. Murray Thomson, an experienced dental researcher and specialist in dental public health. He is well known for his influential life-course work in the renowned Dunedin Study.
Dr Jilen Patel works at The University of Western Australia as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Dentistry. He works with communities in disadvantaged areas to improve oral health outcomes.Read more about Jilen Patel
Dr Mario Couto Ferrari
Dr Mario Ferrari is a senior lecturer in the UWA Dental School, inspiring students to become leading dentists.Read more about Dr Mario Couto Ferrari