The Oral Health Centre, a state-of-the-art dental teaching and learning facility united with an oral health care clinic, is the only institution in WA offering tertiary training in dentistry.
The Oral Health Centre is first and foremost a teaching facility, and its contract with the Government to provide dental services to eligible members of the public ensures that students have access to a suitable pool of patients to develop the necessary skills and aptitude.
Students learn either 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.
The School of Dentistry believes that students learn best when teaching and learning methods focus on student-centred approaches whenever possible. Students develop a broad base of knowledge, multi-faceted experiences and the ability to think critically and apply knowledge to solve problems through the use of problem-based clinical situations, computer activities, lecture and self-directed learning programs.
The Oral Health Centre of Western Australia provides modern clinical facilities, laboratories with substantial equipment, clinical teaching and computing facilities, as well as access to the broader facilities of UWA.
A number of teaching and clinical facilities are available for hire from Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays) during normal business hours with the exception of the OHCWA Lecture Theatre which is also available after hours.
Teaching facilities include a 100-seat lecture theatre, lecture rooms ranging in capacity from 10 to 50-seat capacity, and a computer laboratory that accommodates 40 people.
Specific training in dental procedures is facilitated by two prosthetics laboratories (25 and 56-seat capacity), a dental simulation laboratory, and several demonstration rooms with dental chairs and full dental facilities.
Most rooms have sophisticated audio-visual capacity, including data projectors, cameras and television monitors.
Enquiries regarding the hire of any of the Centre’s facilities should be directed to General Manager