Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry)


The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) is aimed at qualified local and international dentists who wish to develop the comprehensive skills and knowledge to practice in the special needs of children's dentistry. This course is primarily clinically based with didactic sessions and a research component in each semester.

As a postgraduate dentistry student, you will learn from expert oral health professionals as you study at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health, Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Dental Hospital.

Who should study this course?

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) is suitable for qualified local and international dentists preparing for a career in paediatric dentistry.

Graduate opportunities

Upon graduation, you will be experienced in:

  • the diagnosis of orofacial, occlusal and functional abnormalities
  • the implementation of preventive care programs
  • treating the dental needs of growing children, including interceptive orthodontic care
  • management of challenging behaviours with and without the use of medications
  • management of paediatric orofacial trauma
  • care for children and adolescents who have special care needs or are medically compromised
  • collaborating in multi-disciplinary situations for special care patients
  • hospital and operating room practice and dental treatment under general anaesthesia
  • research design and methodology.

Course accreditation

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC).

Study Plan

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) is a three-year full-time course. Students will enrol and complete all units of study outlined for each semester. This course is primarily clinical based with didactic sessions and a research component in each semester.

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