On 6 May 2020, the Australian Dental Council (ADC) announced that it had removed the final monitoring requirement on the Charles Sturt BDSc program, meaning that all accreditation Conditions and monitoring requirements on the Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Dental Science program have been satisfied. Furthermore, the ADA has changed the fortnightly COVID-19 reports for all dental schools to monthly reports, reflecting how diligently dental schools, including Charles Sturt, are managing the transition to on-line teaching and planning the return to on-campus practical teaching.
The program is now fully accredited, without any conditions. Indeed, in the ADC report of an evaluation of Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Dental Science program (September 2019), the School was commended for:
The School is therefore justifiably proud of all our staff and students who have contributed not only to the resolution of previous issues but also are enhancing the growing reputation of our School and its BDSc program.
Professor Andrew Flatau
Head, School of Dentistry and Health Sciences
Dr Kumar Rhagav is the 2020 winner of the prestigious IADR Giddon award for Distinguished Research in the Behavioural Sciences, awarded on the basis of a significant research paper he co-authored on the efficacy of virtual reality exposure therapy on patients with dental phobia. This news item was widely disseminated:
Charles Sturt's School of Dentistry and Health Sciences in Orange was in the spotlight at the recent Conference of the Asian Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (CASOMP) in Kuala Lumpur, when Orange-based senior lecturer and clinician, Dr Muhammed Yakin, addressed leading oral medicine specialists from Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, South Korea, Indonesia and other Asian countries on the topic of specialist oral pathology in Australia.