Education of the highest quality in Oral Health professions

The vision for the School of Dentistry and Oral Health is to enhance its position nationally and internationally as a world-class, research-based school, offering education of the highest quality in the oral health professions and to play a leading national and international role with particular relevance to the community and economy of Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Dean and Head of School

The School, led by Professor Robert M. Love ONZM, has an internationally recognised staff profile that delivers high standard contemporary-based clinical and Higher Degree Research programs in a stimulating and challenging intellectual environment. The School provides a suite of programs to train dentists, dental specialists, dental technicians, dental prosthetists who are at the forefront of oral health education, enabling students to become competent and caring health practitioners who will meet changing community needs. Central to the vision of the School is our Centre for Personalised Oral Health and Craniofacial Research that undertakes cutting-edge research that is directly applicable to contemporary oral health practice, with particular emphasis to the economic, social and cultural well-being of Australia and the greater Asia-Pacific region.

Research advancements

The School of Dentistry and Oral Health is research active with consistently high national ERA rankings and more than twenty active PhD students, post-doctoral students and senior research associates. Griffith has forged invaluable collaborations with a number of international institutions meaning research and expertise can be shared between organisations, ensuring students get the very best out of their learning experience.

Innovative Learning and Teaching

The AUS$150 million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre (Ian O'Connor building) is set in the stunning Gold Coast region of Australia. Despite its young age, the School of Dentistry and Oral Health is already excelling at providing a world-class education for upwardly mobile and ambitious students to learn their craft in state-of-the-art facilities.

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The School of Dentistry and Oral Health newsletter provides updates on industry news, achievements and events within our School. Topics include learning and teaching innovations, technological advancements, staff and student opportunities and accomplishments, community engagement and school based events.

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World rankings

We're ranked in the top 2% worldwide.


Ajitha Naidu Sugnanam graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science in 2008 and a Graduate Diploma of Dentistry in 2010 and was awarded Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Health Group in 2018.

On graduating from Griffith, Ajitha joined the Royal Australian Air Force where she currently serves as Squadron Leader (one of only a handful of dentists Australia wide who hold this position). She strives daily for excellence in her chosen profession of dentistry, but also instigates and self-funds humanitarian work that changes people’s lives nationally and internationally.

From 2011 – 2013 she volunteered in Vietnam, India and Cambodia, where in conjunction with NGOs, she assessed and treated hundreds of children. She generously passes on her dental knowledge in various teaching capacities, including a humanitarian mission to Nepal in 2014, where she taught dental procedures to medical Interns. In addition, she returns to India annually on self-funded expeditions, to continue to maximise exposure in remote areas of India to basic health care.

“Griffith was a great place to gain a comprehensive training in dentistry,”says Ajitha. “We had some very inspiring lecturers teaching us and also a great exposure to the possibilities of a defence force career; something I had not seriously considered before.”

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