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.
Applications for 2023 commencement opened on 1 February 2022 and closed on 31 March 2022. Please refer to admissions requirements for information regarding eligibility and the selection process.
Applications for 2023 commencement in the Oral Medicine specialisation have been extended to 30 June 2022. Please contact the Specialist Admissions team to express your interest.
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
Paediatric Oral Health
Paediatric oral health at UWA is tailored to meet the major oral health-related needs of children, adolescence, and individuals with special healthcare needs.Read more about Paediatric Oral Health
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
Periodontics and Oral Implantology
Our research focuses on clinical and translational research to benefit patient care and health.Read more about Periodontics and Oral Implantology
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
Renewing the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia
The new state-of-the-art Dental Simulation Laboratory is looking to secure final funding ahead a refurbishment in December 2022.Read more
The history and future of the WA Dental Foundation
The WA Dental Foundation has had many initiatives over the years, and is now focusing on revitalising education facilities at OCHWA.Read more
New course to put dentists on the frontline in managing sleep issues
Dental health professionals interested in treating patients with sleep-related disorders such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea are encouraged to sign up for a new at The University of Western Australia.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 Amr Fawzy Moussa
Dr Amr Fawzy Moussa leads the Biomaterials and Nano-Dentistry research group and is a senior lecturer at The University of Western Australia.Read more about Amr Fawzy Moussa
Adam Hamilton is the Discipline lead in Prosthodontics at the University of Western Australia.Read more about Adam Hamilton
Professor Hien Ngo works at The University of Western Australia as the Dean and Head of Dental School, and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA.Read more about Hien Ngo