UWA Dental School

Orthodontics

How to apply

Domestic students

Please complete the application form

International students

Information for International students

In addition to the attachments required in the application form applicants who are not graduates of this University must submit an original transcript or certified copy of their academic record for all tertiary qualifications to date.

Scholarships

KEY INFORMATION

  • 144 credit points
  • 3 years full time
  • Course code: 90840
  • Intake periods: Advertised in May of previous year for intake in the following year in listed specialist areas.

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry Speciality (Orthodontics)

Program Objectives

The DClinDent program is a three-year full-time program leading to a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry degree by Coursework at the University of Western Australia. The program provides didactic and clinical tuition in Orthodontics and related subjects. This is largely achieved through an understanding and a firm command of the contemporary Orthodontic literature.

Students will also be trained in research methodology and they are required to design and conduct a research project. The course allows for consolidation of knowledge of the basic sciences and expansion of clinical experience gained previously as well as during the program.

The program aims to provide carefully selected dentists the necessary skills to provide ethical, patient centred evidence-based orthodontic treatment. Technical skill, broad scientific foundation, critical thinkers and embrace the developing and ever changing science with enthusiasm and caution.

Program Description

Didactic

Year 1 includes didactic courses that are common to all DClinDent programs including Dental Research Methodology, Biostatistics and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiography. In addition didactic instruction in orthodontics is delivered in a unit, Orthodontics Theory encompassing components including Anatomy for Graduate Students, Oral Pathology, Growth and Development 1 and 2, Biomechanics and Material Science, Orthodontic Diagnosis and Literature Review.

The clinical instruction parallels the didactic coursework with extensive clinical instruction and experience in Orthodontics Clinical Practice.

Year 2 includes didactic instruction in Orthodontics Theory encompassing components including Bone and Connective Tissue, Genetics, Occlusion - Function and Dysfunction 1, Adult Orthodontics and Periodontics, Dentofacial Deformities and Literature Review.

The clinical instruction parallels the didactic coursework with extensive clinical instruction and experience in Orthodontics Clinical Practice.

Year 3 includes didactic instruction in orthodontics in Orthodontics Theory encompassing components including Occlusion - Function and Dysfunction, Craniofacial Anomalies and Literature Review.

The clinical instruction as in earlier years in Orthodontics Clinical Practice and includes rotation through a number of private offices to experience aspects of Practice Management.

Research

Students will be required to complete a research project as part of the DClinDent program. A diverse range of projects may be chosen after consultation with the faculty and may include basic science, applied technology or clinical research.

During the first year, students must seriously consider the nature of the project and discuss these ideas with the Discipline Lead, the coordinator of our basic science research program.

Students are expected to present an oral research abstract at the Postgraduate Research Day which is held towards the end of the academic year. The presentation in first year relates to the research proposal, in second year, preliminary data and finally the oral research presentation in full at the end of third year.

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Program Convenor/ Discipline Lead

Dr Mithran Goonewardene

BDSc W.Aust., MMedSc Harv., CertOrth Harv. & Forsyth, FICD, FADI

Academic Profile

Mithran Goonewardene completed his Bachelor of Dental Science at The University of Western Australia in 1981 and attended the Forsyth Dental Center/Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, USA from 1984-1987 where he completed his Certificate in Orthodontics and Master of Medical Science degree.

Dr Goonewardene took up a teaching position in Orthodontics at the University of Western Australia in 1987 and since 1990 has held the position of Graduate Program Director. He has been in part-time specialist private practice for 30 years. Dr Goonewardene visits Sri Lanka regularly as a visiting Consultant in Orthodontics in the Dental Institute, Colombo.

He is Board Certified by the Australian Orthodontic Board and an Active Member of the Edward H Angle Society of Orthodontists.

Contact Details

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Other staff

Associate Professor Mike Razza

BSc Sam Houston State, DDS Baylor Coll., CertOrth MissouriKC

Academic Profile

After completing his undergraduate studies at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, USA, Associate Professor, Mike Razza earned his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) from Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas, Texas, USA. Dr Razza later went on to receive his Certificate in Orthodontics from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Dentistry, USA and has been teaching at the University of Western Australia in the profession for 26+ years to both Orthodontic and Graduate students. Dr Razza has been in the private practice for over 22 years.

Associate Professor Razza is an active member of the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) where he has served as President of the Australian Society of Orthodontists Western Australian Branch and Federal President of the Australian Society of Orthodontists. Dr Razza is also an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Asian Pacific Society of Orthodontists, the North Atlantic Component of the Angle Society of Orthodontists and the Australian Dental Association. He is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International and a member of Delta Sigma Delta. He is also a frequent lecturer in his profession within Australia and overseas.

Dr Razza received one of the highest honours of the profession within Australia, the Australian Society of Orthodontist, Distinguished Service Award in 2015 and then the highest honour of the profession within Australia in 2017 - Honorary Life membership.

Contact Details

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Associate Professor Carl Sim

BDS N.U. Singapore, MDSc W.Aust.

Academic Profile

Carl Sim completed his Bachelor of Dental Science at The University of Singapore and his Master of Dental Science at The University of Western Australia in 1996. He took up a teaching position in orthodontics in 2000 and also works in specialist private practice.

Contact Details

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Associate Professor Peter Tien

BDS BDSc MDSc W.Aust., MRACDS

Academic Profile

Peter Tien completed his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Dental Science in 1998 and his Master of Dental Science at The University of Western Australia in 2000. He took up a teaching position in orthodontics and also works in specialist private practice.

Contact Details

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