Charles Sturt University – An overview
Charles Sturt University was established in 1989 and is a multi-located university within New South Wales. The campuses are located in Australia’s fastest growing regional cities. This university offers a unique study experience with access to the best of city living along with the benefits of a regional lifestyle.
The main campuses include Orange, Bathurst, Wagga-Wagga, Albury-Wodonga and Dubbo. Despite the university being located in the countryside, it has over 36,000 students currently enrolled for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are on offer. A large number of these students originate from the city of Sydney as well regional areas of New South Wales. The architecture throughout the campuses varies with a mixture of modern state-of-the-art facilities as well as traditional buildings.
Charles Sturt University is only one of the three universities located outside a metropolitan area within Australia. The university strives to encourage graduates to enter the regional workforce in order to fill the gap in the shortage of health services in regional, rural and remote areas.
The School of Dentistry & Health Sciences ~ Orange Campus
About the School of Dentistry and Health Sciences
The Dental Course
The Bachelor of Dental Science (five year undergraduate) program was officially established in 2009 after receiving a $65.5 million dollar fund from the Federal Government in 2006. The Dentistry School is primarily located in Orange, 258 km west of Sydney with just over 100 dentistry students currently enrolled. The program itself has received full accreditation from the Australia Dental Council and has close relations with the University of Sydney.
Charles Sturt Oral Health Clinic ~ Dubbo Campus
The dentistry building itself offers a variety of excellent facilities for both students and patients. The state of the art building provides laboratories for research, simulation clinics, seminar rooms as well as public and private dental clinics. All dental services provided within the public clinics are performed by students while under the supervision of dentists and are free at cost for patients. The School of Dentistry has further established itself by extending its oral health clinics in Dubbo, Bathurst, Albury-Wodonga and Wagga Wagga. It has also established a Bachelor of Oral Health course for students in Wagga Wagga.
Charles Sturt School of Dentistry & Health Sciences ~ Wagga Wagga
Pre-clinical training begins in the second half of first year. This training prepares students before stepping into the clinical side of dentistry and treating patients. Students master preventative and restorative procedures as well diagnosing and providing a variety of treatment options.
Pre-Clinical Training ~ Wagga Wagga
Clinical training begins in the second half of second year when students start treating patients from the public. External placements will also occur throughout third to fifth year as part of clinical training. The placements will take students on an adventure to many different areas of New South Wales. These placements aim to provide students an exposure to clinical dentistry and to gain the necessary skills and knowledge within the dental field. Placements occur in the Charles Sturt Oral Health Clinics in Orange, Dubbo, Wagga-Wagga, Bathurst and Albury-Wodonga. Rotations in Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry will also he held at the new Orange Base Hospital which re-opened in 2011.
Orange Base Hospital ~ Orange