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Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

There are currently only 35 Indigenous dentists practising in Australia. Poor oral health is a considerable issue for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. This is why TAFE Western Sydney has partnered with the University of Sydney, Sydney Medical School, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and the Rotary Club of Sydney.

The partnership aims to address this through increasing access to suitable services. The goal is to increase the number of Indigenous dentists in Australia.

Fifteen students are currently completing vocational qualifications in dental assisting and allied health which will lead to guaranteed placement into the Bachelor of Oral Hygiene and Bachelor of Dentistry at The University of Sydney. The vocational training is being delivered flexibly with blocks of face-to-face training being held at TAFE NSW's Open Training and Education Network (OTEN) Dental facility in Randwick.

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