This year marks 20 years since the University of Melbourne graduated its first cohort of oral health practitioners. Since then, the University has graduated nearly 350 students from the Diploma of Oral Health Therapy and the Bachelor of Oral Health.
To mark this special occasion, we held a reunion for all those connected to oral health on Friday 25 August at University House at the Woodward.
All who attended would agree that the reunion provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the strong connections in this community and to share fond memories of teaching and learning oral health at the University.
While enjoying the stunning city views and delicious canapés, we heard from guest speakers about the evolution of the field, from the humble beginnings of the Diploma of Oral Health to the establishment of Australia’s first Bachelor of Oral Health and the potential for further specialisation in the near future.
It was also an opportunity for the Melbourne Dental School to celebrate and recognise the achievements of the students, graduates, staff and volunteers who have contributed to the success of the oral health program at Melbourne over the past 20 years.
We are immensely proud that our oral health graduates are now located all over the world, working in a range of disciplines including public health, policy development, Indigenous health, emergency care, community health, private practice and much more.
The evening was captured on camera and we are pleased to share these photos with you here via an online gallery.