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

Our Vision

To be recognised internationally as a contemporary, progressive, innovative and vibrant centre of excellence in dentistry.

Our Mission

To achieve excellence in dental education, research and oral health care to the benefit of our local community and the advancement of dentistry globally.

Our Motto

 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.

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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 2022 intake for DCD Periodontics.  Contact HMS Admissions to apply - applications will close on 21 May 2021.

Applications for January 2022 intake for Endodontics, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Prosthodontics and Oral Medicine have now closed

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Dental School facilities

Meet our students

Our students practise techniques on state-of-the-art equipment including dental virtual reality simulators before joining qualified dentists in the clinic to gain hands-on experience.

Professional development

The UWA Dental School partners with the Australian Dental Association (WA Branch) in providing high-level continuing professional development as part of WA Dental CPD. This involves continuing dental education, clinical excellence, as well as dental and oral research relevant to the profession. The collaborative effort between the ADAWA and the Dental School is a testament to both organisations’ commitment to quality professional development. A list of available courses at ADAWA can be viewed here.

Dental student

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.

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UWA Adjunct and Clinical Title Holders

Adjunct appointments provide a mechanism for The University of Western Australia to recognise suitably qualified and experienced individuals who make a significant contribution to the academic activities of their Schools.

There are two categories of adjunct – those who are actively engaged in clinical practice (Clinical titles) and those who are non-clinical (Adjunct titles). For any queries, please contact Lead Acserv - SAH lead-acserv-sah@uwa.edu.au 

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