News

VIDEO: Students take bite out of dental wait list

Katelyn Murray is one of CQUniversity Rockhampton's Bachelor of Oral Health students who is studying to become an oral health therapist. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Katelyn Murray is one of CQUniversity Rockhampton's Bachelor of Oral Health students who is studying to become an oral health therapist. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

KATELYN Murray is one of the students helping to take a bite out of Rockhampton's dental waiting lists. 

She's part of CQUniversity's Bachelor of Oral Health programs, one of only two in the country where students are accredited to perform fillings on adults as well as children. 

Katelyn, who studies at CQUniversity by distance from her home in Bundaberg, was at the Rockhampton campus yesterday as part of a residential school running next week.

She said it was great to be able to have some practical experience after studying by distance. 

"It's quite hard, trying to apply things from textbooks," Katelyn said 

"It's great being able to see and touch and visualise (with the training models)." 

Katelyn dreams of working with children in third world countries, teaching them how to care for their teeth. 

She also wants to combine oral health therapy with education for children to eliminate the fear many feel when going to the dentist. 

"Helping people is the main reason I like it," she said.  "(I like) seeing I can make a difference." 

Associate Professor in Oral Health at CQUniversity Rockhampton, Leonie Short said accreditation to work with adults was an important development for a regional university. 

During their degree, second and third year students treat adult patients referred by Queensland Health, as well as working with children in the government's school-based dental clinics. 

"The work they're doing I think it really assisting in reducing waiting lists (for dental care)," Leonie said. 

Leonie said it was great to see the course grow from 14 students when it started in 2012 to 60 across first, second and third years. "It's amazing to see it develop and evolve from an idea on to paper," Leonie said.   

Topics:  cquniversity




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

3 easy dinner recipes your kids will love, and so will you

No Caption

THERE is a middle ground! Dinners fit for kids and adults.

How to reduce your child's risk of food allergies

ABOUT 90% of food allergies are caused by just seven foods.

5 good mental health habits for kids (and parents)

CRYING OUT FOR HELP: The demand for counselling support for children and young people is increasing.

FORMING good habits early is critical for your child's mental health.

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Susie O'Neill: Why I stopped smacking my children

Swimming legend Susie O'Neill says she has stopped smacking her kids.

“I (smacked) because that’s what I knew growing up."

Introducing a step-parent into the family

Introducing a step-parent into the family can be stressful for the children, as well as the new parent.

THERE is no easy way to introduce a step parent into the family.

Here's how to stay busy this weekend

TRY TIME: The CQ Capras will play the ISC front runners the Burleigh Bears at Browne Park tonight. Kick off is 6pm.

48 hour planner for this weekend

Yeppoon up with the state's best as house prices rebound

Agent Adam Cook (right) says coast homes are now more affordable.

Capricorn Coast homes, once out of reach, are now more affordable

Lauga: It's not up to the state to fund Putney erosion wall

Keppel MP says 50 year lease documents outline responsibilities

Latest deals and offers

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum

Justice Lucy McCallum says she reduced Oliver Curtis's sentence due to comments...

Anthony Lynham on the Mount Morgan Mine

Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Dr Anthony Lynham talks about...

Fitroy Basin River report 2014-5

Nathan Johnston announces the 2014-15 Waterway health report card at the Fitzroy...

Yeppoon up with the state's best as house prices rebound

Agent Adam Cook (right) says coast homes are now more affordable.

Capricorn Coast homes, once out of reach, are now more affordable

Is this state’s cheapest house?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward