New dental labs for LTU Bendigo
Dental students at La Trobe University's Bendigo campus have even more reason to smile, with $1.9 million dollars worth of the latest training facilities at their finger tips.
The Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon Daniel Andrews, today officially opened the newly installed 30 chair simulation laboratory and 32 chair general purpose laboratory. These new facilities will significantly increase the access that La Trobe dental and oral health students have to the latest technology in dental education.
The two new laboratories are in addition to the existing 32 chair oral health laboratory that was completed in 2006, making the La Trobe dental program a leading health training provider for regional Australians.
Pro Vice Chancellor, Regional, Professor Hal Swerissen said the new laboratories demonstrate the University’s aim to strengthen its regional presence.
‘La Trobe University is committed to enhancing its well established reputation in providing health science courses that help to promote the recruitment of health professionals in rural and regional locations,’ said Professor Swerissen.
‘The Bendigo dental school will have regional clinics in places such as Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Melton. We know that people who study in regional locations tend to stay in country areas when they qualify,’ Professor Swerissen said.
Professor Peter Wilson, Head of School of Dentistry and Oral Health said the new facilities set the benchmark for dental and oral health education.
‘The new laboratories have audio visual systems that are fully integrated with teaching stations. This allows lecturers to deliver material to students in any of the laboratories or to any combination of laboratories,’ Professor Wilson said.
‘One simulation laboratory allows students to access teaching material on individual computers. I believe La Trobe University now has one of the best facilities of its kind in the world; it is an outstanding showcase of a cutting edge facility, designed like a modern museum,’ Professor Wilson said.