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Students cut their teeth during rural clinical placement

Published:26 June 2014

Oral Health students on Voluntary Rural Clinical Placement with Assoc Prof Leonie Short (in jacket) L-R Emma Odgaard, April Lunnie and Jessica Maguire. Below, a children's education session led by Jessica Maguire.

Three CQUniversity Bachelor of Oral Health students took part in a Voluntary Rural Clinical Placement in Emerald, Clermont and Springsure during mid-June.

April Lunnie, Jessica Maguire and Emma Odgaard were supervised by Oral Health Discipline Lead Associate Professor Leonie Short and CQUni staff member Melissa Plath.

The third-year students presented oral health education sessions at Catholic Education schools. They also provided clinical services to patients at the Emerald Community Dental Clinic, the Springsure Dental Van and the Blackwater Dental Van.

The CQUni trio visited the Mayfair Ridge Dental Practice and made connection with the Rural Division of General Practice regarding establishing a Rural Health Club.

Associate Professor Short said she could not speak more highly of these dedicated and talented students.

"They supported themselves (meals and accommodation) to spend one week of their vacation educating and treating children in Central Queensland. Everybody we met was very impressed with our students."