Skilled recruits boost dental services in Western Sydney

WSLHD dental registrars Dr Elizabeth Arena, Dr David Joo and Dr Stephanie Rose.

We’re used to welcoming new doctors and nurses to the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) and now it’s smiles all round with five dental registrars and two dental officers joining the oral health ranks.

The new dental officers will rotate through general dental and specialist oral health departments in over the next 12 months, while the registrars will complete a three-year specialist training program.

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Westmead Centre for Oral Health General Practice head of department Dr Phillipa Wenderoth said the dental officers would be on the frontline of dental work – performing everything from examinations to root canal treatments.

“There are lots of training opportunities for the students including treating many complex patients,” Dr Wenderoth said.

WSLHD dental registrars Dr Ashleigh Raikuna and Dr Andrea Fenwicke.

Dental officers Dr Georgina Gott and Dr Lydia Skabar are excited to be working at WSLHD – especially at Westmead Hospital where they will spend much of their training.

“Dentistry provides the perfect balance between creativity and science. It allows me to problem solve and apply my technical skills, whilst utilising my creative mind to provide solutions for my patients,” Dr Skabar said.

“I’m surrounded by a fantastic team of clinicians and I could not have hoped for a more supportive and diverse environment to start my dental career.”

Dental registrars Dr Ashleigh Raikuna, Dr Andrea Fenwicke, Dr David Joo, Dr Elizabeth Arena and Dr Stephanie Rose will train in clinical and research modules at WSLHD.

Dr Fenwicke who moved to Western Sydney from Tamworth to complete her specialist dental training enjoys working in paediatrics.

“I decided to become a dentist when I was 16 years old after doing work experience as a dental assistant,” she said.

“I enjoyed working in the dental practice as an assistant and this is what inspired me to be a dentist.”

Westmead Centre for Oral Health’s director Dr Josephine Kenny said the registrars would complete their training in Western Sydney, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Sydney Dental Hospital.

“I’m delighted to welcome the dental registrars and officers to the District. Both disciplines will receive enhanced training by our expert dentists and will contribute to our specialist workforce,” Dr Kenny said.

The Westmead Centre for Oral Health provides general dental services to the eligible population of WSLHD, along with dental clinics at Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.

Equipped with advanced patient care facilities and operating suites, it’s also a state-wide specialist oral health service provider for NSW and one of two teaching facilities for the School of Dentistry at the University of Sydney.

For more information about the Westmead Centre for Oral Health click here.

Westmead Centre for Oral Health dental registrars Ashleigh Raikuna and Andrea Fenwicke.