Rural Placement Experience in Ballina
21 June 2011
University of Sydney final year dental undergraduates enjoying their rural placement experience in Ballina
On May 2nd, 2011, six BDent4 students from the University of Sydney participated in a month-long rural placement at the newly-expanded Ballina clinic as part of the Faculty of Dentistry's "Rural Placement Program"under the supervision of Dr Nanna Kreutzfeldt-Jensen.
The Ballina Dental clinic re-opened its doors in May with the addition of four new dental surgeries and associated clinical areas and offices to expand it from a 3-chair to a 7-chair unit. The project was developed by the University of Sydney in conjunction with North Coast Area Health Services and funded by the Department of Health and Ageing (DOHA).
The students worked in pairs, with four clinical days per week and one day allocated for study as well as an activities program which involved meeting specialist clinical contacts.
Dr Nanna Kreutzfeldt-Jensen commented that the "students were provided good clinical experience and demonstrated that they were well educated." Dr Nanna also reported the patients were very happy and appreciated being provided comprehensive treatment by the students.
Early feedback from several students'reported the supervision provided at the clinic was excellent and the experience had encouraged them to consider working rurally. A detailed evaluation of the student opinions will occur to measure how the experience affected them both personally and professionally.
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