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The University of Sydney School of Dentistry

Australia's first dental school
For more than 100 years, we have provided education and training in dentistry and oral health, creating exceptional graduates, conducting research with a real-world impact and offering continuing education.

About the Sydney Dental School

Our school is based in integrated research, teaching and clinical settings. We have connections not only with Sydney Dental Hospital, Nepean Hospital and the Westmead Centre for Oral Health, but also with other other local health district dental hospitals in remote, regional and rural NSW such as Ballina, Broken Hill, Dubbo, Orange and Armidale.

This allows our students to step outside their comfort zone, meet patients, learn from diverse oral health issues, interact with dental and medical professionals and develop an understanding of current issues in healthcare. 

Our academics are expert oral health professionals, and our researchers are pioneering new dental treatments to improve patient outcomes. Our graduates are caring, clear thinking, clinically outstanding and research capable. They are engaged and globally aware and have the capability to become leaders in oral health and dentistry practice and research.


Our teaching, clinical activities and research are structured into six disciplines, which consist of cognate subject areas:

This includes the subject areas:

  • biomaterials
  • oral life sciences.

This includes the subject area:

  • oral health.

This includes the subject areas:

  • conscious sedation and pain control
  • dento-maxillofacial radiology
  • exodontia and oral surgery
  • oral pathology
  • oral medicine
  • special needs dentistry.

This includes the subject areas:

  • orthodontics
  • paediatric dentistry.

This includes the subject areas:

  • behavioural sciences and professional practice (including ethics and law)
  • population oral health.

This includes the subject areas:

  • endodontics 
  • periodontics
  • prosthodontics and oral rehabilitation (including fixed and removable prosthodontics)
  • tooth conservation (including cariology).

Our people

Professor Heiko Spallek
Head of School and Dean

Emma Dupal
School Manager

Associate Professor Ky-Anh Nguyen
Deputy Head of School, Academic Lead (Research)

Dr Delyse Leadbetter
Academic Lead (Learning and Teaching)

Tracey McClure
Manager, Education and Research Support

Head of School and Dean

Heiko Spallek
Professor Heiko Spallek
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Sydney Dental School

  • +61 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) - in Australia
  • +61 2 8627 1444 - outside Australia
  • +61 2 8890 7178 (Westmead Centre for Oral Health)