Professor Alastair J Sloan BSc, PhD, FHEA, FRSB

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Professor Alastair J Sloan BSc, PhD, FHEA, FRSB

The mission of the Melbourne Dental School is to be a world-class, research-based school, offering education of the highest quality and to play a leading national and international role with particular relevance to the Asia-Pacific region.

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What does the Melbourne Dental School have to offer as a prospective student, employer or collaborative partner?

The Melbourne Dental School is at the forefront of oral health education and research, directly impacting patients, health policy, and the commercial sector. With a rich history as a school, we continue to build on this strong foundation to address the needs of oral health in a rapidly changing world. Hear from our current staff and students about their experiences.

History of the Melbourne Dental School

In 1884, a group of dentists formed the Odontological Society of Victoria with the aims of the regulation and education of dentists in the state of Victoria. Mr John Illife (1847-1914), a member and later President of the Odontological Society of Victoria, was the driving force in negotiations for the regulation of dentistry in Victoria and the establishment of a hospital and college in Melbourne.

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Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum

The Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum contains over 2500 objects, photographs, documents and catalogues relating to the history of dentistry and dental education in Victoria.

Objects in the collection date from the early 1700s and provide insights into the changes and developments within the dental profession and its striving to improve the standard of dental education, dental health and dental care within Victoria.

The Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum is located on the ground floor, 720 Swanston Street Melbourne, in the same building occupied by The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

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