Profile: Akram Abdullahi

Akram Abdullahi (BSc 2013, DDS 2017) loves dentistry because he says it encourages him to both think critically and scientifically, while also engaging his creative side.

He hopes to pass on that passion by returning to the University in a few years’ time to teach Australia’s future dentists using his own experiences as a clinician.

Whilst studying, Akram was a Dental Team Leader for the Teddy Bear Hospital, a program established and run by student volunteers from across the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Students have a mock health check-up with a child’s teddy bear or soft toy to help familiarise children with healthcare environments and to promote a healthy lifestyle.

“It’s an invaluable opportunity to develop communication skills with children and their parents through a range of fun, interactive and educational activities.”