State Award for dentistry partnership

 La Trobe University dental educators have been named winners of the coveted Partnerships in Health Award for their work with a Melton based health services provider.

The partnership between Djerriwarrh Health and La Trobe has resulted in a significant improvement in the oral health of the community, with waiting lists slashed from 18 to 7 months.

The Award, given to both Bendigo's Rural Health School of Dentistry and Djerriwarrh Health, was announced by Victorian Health Minister David Davis. It recognised excellence in education and training partnerships.

Dentistry Course Coordinator Dr David Goode said it was a proud moment for the Bendigo dental team and evidence of what can be achieved when educators and health professionals work together.

In 2011, Djerriwarrh Health introduced a state of the art clinic designed specifically with trainee dentistry students in mind. It employed experienced dentists to oversee training and patient care, provided in part by La Trobe students.

'Building our dental training capacity alongside dentists from Djerriwarrh Health Services has been hugely beneficial for everyone. Through this partnership, we have been able to deliver high quality education, training and workforce development for our students, while also benefitting the community.

' This innovative learning is a win for all involved – patients, providers and our next generation of oral health practitioners.'   

Visiting dental specialists from La Trobe have also provided support allowing students to give a comprehensive range of dental care to the Melton Community.

Dr Goode said this latest award added to recognition of La Trobe Rural Health School's Dentistry and Oral Health programs. Last year it received the Institute of International Education's award for the Oral Health Placement program in Nepal.

'I think we should all be very proud that we have achieved award winning clinical placements and international placements recognised locally, nationally and internationally. Congratulations to all staff and students who have contributed to this,' Dr Goode said.


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