Dental Therapy

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Postgraduate Degree

Description

The Graduate Diploma of Dental Therapy is aimed at those who have already completed a Bachelor of Oral Health or equivalent qualification and clinical experience and wish to register and practice as Dental Therapists and Oral Health Therapists. This post graduate qualification relates to a specific area of Oral Health and Dental Work. While it may allow for entry into high level qualifications its primary focus is on giving students the skills and knowledge to excel in this area.

This degree will allow graduates to perform restorative dental care for children and young adults. Students will have an important role to play in promoting oral health in schools and communities. Career opportunities exist in the private and public sector with graduates moving into research, academic and clinical roles. Students in practicing positions will operate under the supervision of a Dentist or for an area Health Service.

Following completion of the Diploma and subject to professional accreditation by the Australian Dental Council and the Dental Board of Australia, graduates will be eligible for registration in Australia as Dental Therapists.

 

Postgraduate Study

Some occupations require a higher level of completed study than an undergraduate degree, and for this reason it is worthwhile considering the range of postgraduate study options available. Postgraduate study may also be useful for specialising in a particular area, or to stimulate career change. Some of the postgraduate study options following the Bachelor of Biomedical Science include:

Research:

Masters (http://www.newcastle.edu.au//policy/000216.html)

PhD (http://www.newcastle.edu.au//policy/000091.html)

Coursework

After completing a degree there are a broad range of postgraduate options available in a variety of fields which can allow you to specialise in a particular area of interest or build upon your existing knowledge base. To explore such options please visit the Postgraduate Handbook (http://www.newcastle.edu.au/program/postgraduate/).

Sample Jobs

The following list provides some example jobs for Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy graduates. The various types of jobs will depend upon the previous qualifications and the level of experience gained in particular industries prior to graduating.

Getting the Edge

Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.

  1. Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
  2. Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
  3. Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
  4. Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
  5. Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
  6. Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
  7. Consider volunteering.

Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.

 

Sample Employers

Recruitment Timing

Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.

Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .

Societies and Associations

Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.


Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.

Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.

Job Search Sites

Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:

Australian and International

  • CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.

Australian

  • CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
  • MyCareer: Australian and international listings
  • Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
  • The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs

International