Dr Grace Wong

C12 - United Dental Hospital
The University of Sydney

Website The University of Sydney, Faculty of Dentistry
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Biographical details

Dr. Grace Wong is a Lecturer at the Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) program, the Faculty of Dentistry. She completed her PhD in 2017 which focused on the clinical application and impact of Evidence-based Practice teaching of BOH students and graduates.

Her key responsibilities include coordinating all learning and teaching activities for students and clinical educators for the dental therapy component of the program and Grace is actively involved in the OralHealthPromotion 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 an enriched learning experience for students. In addition to teaching undergraduate students, she also conducts training days for clinical educators and continuing professional development (CPD) courses for oral health professionals, such as “Snap the Cap”, and “Dental Therapy Adult Scope CPD Long Course”.

Alongside her clinical practice, Grace earned her Bachelor degrees in Health Management in 1999 and Training and Development in 2003. Since she has commenced teaching in BOH, she has also gained a Master in Health Promotion in 2010, and a Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education and 2012. She completed herPhD in 2017.

Teaching and supervision

Grace is responsible for Tooth Conservation Simulation and Pre-clinical training for Paediatric Practice for BOH 1 and 2 students. She delivers lectures on Dental Materials and Tooth Conservation for Year 1, and lectures and tutorials on Paedodontics Theory for Year 2 and 3. She is currently the Third Year Cohort Coordinator, the unit of study coordinator of BOH 3 Comprehensive Oral Health Management I&II and the assistant coordinator of Integrated Oral Health Clinical Practice I&II. Grace is also responsible for clinical supervision of second and third-year students in Paediatric clinical practice in various Local Health Districts in Sydney.

Current projects

Effectively Using Instructional Videos to Teach Dental Local Anaesthetics Skills

Capturing interest and maximizing student engagement using demonstration videos

Local Anaesthetics Simulation and Pre-clinical Training

Oral Health Literacy among Nursing Students

Visual Interactive Rubric: Learning and Teaching Psychomotor Skills in Dentistry

Intraprofessional Learning: DMD and BOH students

Practice Models of Care: Oral Health Professionals


Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry

Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapy Association

International Association of Dental Research

Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators

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 2011


Evidence-based practice; Simulation and Clinical education; Interprofessional Education; Paedodontics; E-learning and teaching technologies

Selected grants


  • Simulated oral health electronic record platform for authentic dental education; Chen R, Wong G, Tsai C; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Visual Interactive Rubric: Learning and Teaching psychomotor skills in Dentistry; Wong G; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.


  • 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. International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice for the Dental Hygienist, 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. International Journal of Evidence-Based Practice for the Dental Hygienist, 95, 173-179. [More Information]

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