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100 Years of Adelaide Dental School

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In 2019 we are proud to celebrate our centenary anniversary, and 100 years at the forefront of research and developments that improve oral health and contribute to general health outcomes.

Adelaide Dental School has been the cornerstone of oral health education and training in South Australia for 100 years. The University of Adelaide accepted its first cohort of dental students in 1919, and the Adelaide University Dental School Society (AUDSS) was founded the same year.

Celebrate with us

To acknowledge this significant milestone, Adelaide Dental School will host a 100 Year Gala Dinner and a Continuing Professional Development Day in October 2019. All proceeds of these events will support Adelaide Dental School's Community Outreach Dental Program, delivered in conjunction with Housing Choices South Australia (formerly known as Common Ground).

100 Year Gala Dinner

We warmly invite all those with a connection to Adelaide Dental School to celebrate our 100 year anniversary at a special Gala Dinner. Join us for an evening of festivities and reminiscing as we take a look back at the school’s achievements.

When: Saturday 19 October 2019, 6.30 - 11 pm
Where: Hickinbotham Room, National Wine Centre
Cost: $195 per person, or $1,800 per table of 10

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Day

Join guest speakers Professor Paula Moynihan, Director of Food and Health at the University of Adelaide; and Professor Hien Ngo, Dean and Head of Sharjah Dental School, for our CPD day as we ask “Adelaide Dental School: 100 years – What’s next?

When: Friday 18 October 2019, 9 am - 4 pm
Where: Exhibition Hall, National Wine Centre (map)
Cost: $160 per delegate

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Community Outreach Dental Program

infographic: 1240 patients seen, 8 volunteer dentists, 3 volunteer hygienists, 1040 student placements

Adelaide Dental School’s Community Outreach Dental Program provides oral health care services to some of the most vulnerable South Australians in our community, including those who are experiencing homelessness, are low income earners, or have arrived in Adelaide as refugees.

The service encourages people to turn their life around by removing the barriers created by poor oral health—empowering them with the confidence to put their best foot forward.

Dental services are provided by a small team of volunteer dentists, hygienists and therapists at the Light Square Common Ground complex in Adelaide’s West End. They are assisted by fifth year students from the University of Adelaide’s dentistry and oral health degrees.

We see a different patient base in the Outreach Program than we normally work with in a regular clinic and so it’s been interesting to experience another side of dentistry. The patients are very grateful. It’s very rewarding to see how much they appreciate the work we do and how something small for us can change their life so much.
Joshua Chong, 5th year Bachelor of Dental Surgery student

The Community Outreach Dental Program was established by Adelaide Dental School in 2011 with a one-off grant from the Department of Housing and Ageing. Since then, all running costs have been covered by the generosity of partners, volunteers and donors. It costs an average of $289 per patient to keep the clinic operating each year.

In the past year, the clinic has provided eight screenings at support centres, 98 scales and cleans, 277 filings, 12 dentures and 8 education sessions.

All money raised for the Community Outreach Dental Program is put towards the treatment of patients who need it most.

Every dollar raised enables us to minimise the inequities in access to appropriate dental care – our donors, volunteers and students form part of a network of generous likeminded individuals caring for our community.
Margie Steffans OAM, Program Director