Mrs Grace Wong

C12 - United Dental Hospital
The University of Sydney

Website The University of Sydney, Faculty of Dentistry
Curriculum vitae Curriculum vitae

Biographical details

Grace Wong currently serves as the Strand-Coordinator of Dental Therapy of the Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) program where her key responsibilities include co-ordinating all learning and teaching activities for students and clinical educators for the therapy component of the program; and the planning and organization of clinical placements for all BOH students. She delivers lectures within the discipline of Tooth Conservation and Paedodontics Theory and supervises dental therapy pre-clinical and clinical practice. Grace is actively involved in the Oral health Promotion activities within the faculty including the Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu Summer Program and Sydney Homeless Connect.

Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Grace had an exceptional 20-year career as a Senior Dental Therapist at Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD). She served as the Oral Health Promotion representative and the Co-ordinator for Infection Control and Occupational Health and Safety for the LHD. She designed and implemented a number of Oral Health Promotion programs with a focus on Early Childhood teachers and English as Second Language (ESL) students. Her vast clinical experience brought her to the BOH program as a clinical educator in 2007. She became a full time academic staff in 2008 and is now heavily involved in curriculum development, didactic, simulation and clinical teaching. Her passion and dedication for teaching and developing the next generation oral health professionals have won her an “Excellence in Teaching Award” nominated by students in 2011. Grace’s creative talent in producing short demonstration videos for teaching Dental Therapy pre-clinical skills has provided enriched learning experience for students. In addition to teaching undergraduate students, she also conducts training days for clinical educators and continuing professional development workshops for oral health professionals.

Alongside her clinical practice, Grace earned her Bachelor degrees in Health Management and Training and Development. Since she has commenced teaching in BOH, she has also gained a Master in Health Promotion, and a Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education. She is currently completing her PhD, which focuses on the impact of Evidence-based Practice teaching on BOH students and graduates.

Research interests

Evidence-based Practice

Simulation and Clinical Education

Student Engagement

Peer Learning

Learning Analytics

Current projects

Curriculum development of Graduate Certificate in Advanced Oral Health Therapy

Introducing a new oral health profession and education in China

Dental Local Anaesthetics Pre-clinical Training

Capturing interest and maximizing student engagement using demonstration videos


Australia Dental and Oral Health Therapist Association

Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators

Australian & New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry

International Association of Dental Research

Awards and honours

Proficiency in Theory and Technique in Preventive and Operative Dental Care of Children with Merit (First in Class) 1987

The Excellence in Teaching Award, Bachelor of Oral Health, Faculty of Dentistry 2011


Evidence-based practice; Student engagement; Simulation and Clinical education

Selected grants


  • Using demonstration videos for the pre-clinical training of administering dental local anaesthetics and performing dental extractions to transform student learning experience; Wong G, Apthorpe H; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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  • Wong, G., Chen, R. (2017). Critical Appraisal of a Cross-Sectional Study on the Association Between Vitamin D and Dental Caries in Canadian Children. Evidence Summaries and Critical Appraisals, 95, 173-179. [More Information]


  • Wong, G., Chen, R. (2017). Critical Appraisal of a Cross-Sectional Study on the Association Between Vitamin D and Dental Caries in Canadian Children. Evidence Summaries and Critical Appraisals, 95, 173-179. [More Information]

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