Benefits for Students and Staff with the Dental Building Upgrade

For the students and staff

“Great people are better in a great building”, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) Professor Paul Brunton says.

Learning and researching in one of the world’s ‘highest tech’ dental hospitals must benefit students and staff.

The best teaching develops with world-class cutting-edge research and the Faculty of Dentistry has both – the new building houses patient-focused activities for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in dentistry, oral health and dental technology, while the Walsh Building next door will house the Sir John Walsh Research Institute, the simulation clinic, seminar spaces, and offices for staff and postdoctoral students.

Trying it out … TV One reporter John McKenzie is filmed by cameraman Ross Wilson as Faculty of...
Trying it out … TV One reporter John McKenzie is filmed by cameraman Ross Wilson as Faculty of Dentistry Associate Dean for Clinical Services Dr Peter Cathro uses a digital camera to display Mr McKenzie’s teeth on a screen.
For students, the new building’s key advantages include using:

  • Modern dental chairs and equipment that are widespread in the workplace
  • The most common electronic patient records software in the Australasian health sector – many private practices also use a similar version
  • Facilities that help teaching keep up with digital developments in dentistry
  • Larger spaces for teaching students simultaneously – in an operating theatre, three surgical procedure rooms and areas for viewing scans and radiographs
  • A new Student Commons (social area)

 For staff, the benefits include:

  • Electronically sending digital radiographs, scans and other images to the laboratory
  • Electronically receiving patients’ records from community-based dental nurses and dentists
  • An operating theatre and three surgical procedure rooms that cater for developments in surgical specialties
  • Using digital scan and radiograph equipment that:
  • Eliminates hazardous processing chemicals
  • Improves support for researchers (particularly for investigations involving sleep apnoea and jaw movement)

For more stories about this exciting project see the following:
University of Otago Dental Building Upgrade
Exciting New Information for Patients at the New Dental Building
Otago Subcontractors Playing an Important Role in the Dental Building Upgrade


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