Short course

Adult Dental Therapy (Preparation to Practice)


This program will prepare dental and oral health therapists for new career pathways by providing additional skills and knowledge in adult dental therapy practice to meet the dental needs of the Australian population into the future.

This course will prepare you to translate your existing scope to provide dental therapy restorative care for patients of all ages. You will develop the knowledge and undertake introductory clinical practice for adult dental therapy practice including treatment planning for simple direct restorations for people aged over 25 years.

Course details

This twelve-week course comprises:

  • Ten weeks (approximately) of online learning and preparation commencing June 14, to be completed by end-October 2021.
  • 10 days of onsite learning at Melbourne Dental School through pre-clinical activities, seminars and hands-on clinical experience undertaken at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, in October 2021.
  • Additional (self-directed) supported clinical practice to consolidate these skills is expected following course completion.

Target audience

This course is open to dental therapists and oral health therapists with at least two years' full-time experience in the provision of dental therapy services, where this experience has been undertaken within the last five years. This course is NOT a workforce re-entry program - it is assumed that applicants have current restorative knowledge and recency of practice in diagnosis and restorative care.

Applicants must be registered (or eligible for registration) as a dental therapist/oral health therapist with the Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency.

As course participants provide clinical services at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, all applicants must hold a current Working with Children Check and undertake credentialing procedures - more information on these procedures will be provided to successful applicants.

Application process

Applicants to this CPD course are required to provide evidence of registration and dental employment history from the past five years. Applicants MUST submit a completed curriculum vitae using the specified template when they apply for either course. Applications that do not conform to this template will NOT be considered.

If you have not already received the CV template to apply for the CPD program in Adult Dental Therapy, please email the CPD Program Office at and request the curriculum vitae template for this course.

Once your application has been received on the completed CV template, it will be forwarded to the course convener for consideration.

Successful applicants will then be contacted by the CPD office and offered a place to enrol in this program via the e-cart.

For enquiries, contact:

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Course Presenters

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Professor Michael McCullough Professor Michael McCullough

Professor Julie Satur Professor Julie Satur

Dr Morgan Wu Dr Morgan Wu

Course Information

Key dates

10 June to late October 2022


Course fee: $10,300 (inc GST)


Melbourne Dental School

720 Swanston St, Carlton, VIC 3053

Extra information

CPD Credit: 90 hours of Scientific CPD