Australia is a popular study destination for Indian students and other international students who want to get trained to become orthodontists. With the Australian Dental Council reviewing and accrediting all the postgraduate courses offered in Australian schools, you can be rest assured that you only get the best of education. This review ensures that all the courses maintain a good balance between theory, clinical work, research and community service.
The Master of Science degree in Orthodontics or the Master of Dental Science offered by Australian universities is very similar in structure, content and delivery to the courses offered in the U.K and North America. The degree is for duration of two to three years and orthodontists from other countries visit as guest lecturers and external examiners. You can choose to specialise in a variety of areas within dentistry such as oral medicine and pathology, orthodontics, prosthodontics and oral implants, paediatric dentistry, community oral health and so on.
At most dental schools, part time teachers from private practice who are members of the Australian Society of Orthodontists as well as specialist orthodontists working in state public hospitals teach the courses. This keeps the curriculum up-to-date and students get exposed to current industry trends and mainstream clinical procedures.
During your training period, you will benefit immensely from high quality research and clinical facilities offered by the Sydney Dental Hospital, and the Surry Hills and the Westmead Centre for Oral Health. Specialist facilities include an Institute of Dental Research, Jaw Function and Orofacial Pain Research Unit, Oral Pathology Laboratory, and Biomaterials Laboratory and Orthodontics Research Unit among others.
Course pre-requisites for international students are an undergraduate degree in dentistry or in other scientific disciplines. Some universities ask for two to three years of clinical work experience.
There is a separate Dental Board in every state and territory in Australia where you need to register to practice.
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