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Friday October 15, 2010

Smile, the tooth fairy has been

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Vocational dental education and training has received a major boost with the official opening of RMIT University's Vocational Dental Education Centre at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

A new 70-seat lecture theatre, a dental technician laboratory, a student computer classroom, and a dental radiography/clinical simulation laboratory are just some of the state-of-the art teaching and learning facilities in what will be known as Building 154.

The facility provides training for vocational dental health support services in the areas of dental assisting, dental technology, dental prosthetics, and in future, dental hygiene.

Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Vice-Chancellor and President, said RMIT had an international reputation for excellence in work-relevant education, high-quality research, and engagement with the needs of industry and community.

"RMIT has delivered dental technology training for more than 20 years and is the largest provider of dental assisting training in Victoria."

The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne is the leading referral centre for specialist care. The hospital, in partnership with RMIT and the University of Melbourne, trains nearly 1,000 students each year to become dentists, dental technicians, dental therapists, dental prosthetists and dental assistants. RMIT's programs include:

  • Cert III in Dental Assisting
  • Cert IV Dental Assisting Radiography stream
  • Diploma in Dental Technology
  • Advanced Diploma Dental Prosthetics

Cheryl Underwood, Head of the School of Life and Physical Sciences, said RMIT provided work integrated training and education programs which were well regarded by industry.

"We provide students with career pathways through undertaking further study and articulation into other programs."

Organisations represented at the launch included Dental Health Services Victoria, the Australian Dental Association, Skills Victoria and the Australian Dental Prosthetists Association.

The project is funded by the Australian Government through the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund (TLCF) for Vocational Education and Training (VET).

RMIT has also received funding from the State Government to equip the Dental Technician Laboratory.

A celebratory cake with mixed messages for the RMIT Vocational Dental Education Centre.

Students and staff from RMIT Dental programs.

The Tooth Fairy celebrates, too.

Source: RMIT University;ID=eoq45hy47kxiz;STATUS=A

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