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from the editor jcudsa snapchat geofilter jcudsa committee members 2016 from the jcudsa president o-week 2016 from the academic president first year so far ATSI report balancing act school visits leadership conference social aspects of third year q & a with mr. kevin cheong donating time 011 night study implants townsville placement 2016’s social must do list the jcu nicci p run club jcudsa geofilter gallery becoming ali the aussie sponsors upcoming dates

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FROM THE EDITOR James Cook Univeristy Dental Student Association’s Word of Mouth magazine has been revamped and jam packed with content. Look forward to the articles and photos that have been included in this issue. Enjoy! Hi everyone! I’m Julian Oronos, JCUDSA’s 2016 Publications and Media Officer. This issue of Word of Mouth, and otherwise known as WOM from now on, has been revamped and is packed full of content. From year level reports, events, photos, and a very unique Kevin Cheong interview. We will hear from JCUDSA’s president, Kae Jenn Tchia, along with our Academic president, Khilan Shukla to discuss how JCUDSA is going along 2016 so far. We were able to hold a special interview with the one and only Kevin Cheong, from the Prosthodontics Laboratory, and he gives us an insight into his journey as a dental technician and also his plans for retirement. From first to fourth year, get to know what has been going on for each cohort in the first half of 2016. Second year school visits, third year clinic experiences, and fourth year implantology are the ones to look out for! Charity Officers Christina Alifraco and Abby Roberts have also been busy with many successful fund raising events and the JCUDSA Executive crew share their experiences at the JCU Leadership Conference held in Townsville in March.

First year international student Alisha Virmani has also written a few words on her big move to humid Cairns, all the way from frigid Canada. Our fifth year students are currently at their placements in various locations around Australia and fifth year student Hannah McVinish will be sharing her experiences in Townsville, so make sure to read all about it. This semester’s WOM publication has been put together by a great team (credits are due at the end of the publication) and we hope you enjoy every word, photo and page of WOM’s newest issue. The team would like to thank our sponsors: A-dec, Dental Protection Limited, Work the World and Australian Dental Association Queensland Branch. Make sure to like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram and YouTube (search JCUDSA), so that you can keep up to date on our social, academic and fundraising events throughout the year. Email publications@jcudsa.org.au or leave us a message on any of our social media pages if you would like to contribute to the next issue of WOM. Thank you for your continued support for JCUDSA!

WRITTEN BY JULIAN ORONOS | PUBLICATIONS AND MEDIA OFFICER

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committee members

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KAE JENN TCHIA President

DAVID CHU Vice President

MAX MILOSEVIC Secretary

“Knows some facts about crocodiles, practically Crocodile Dundee.”

“I can speak four languages fluently.”

“I went to school with Nick Kyrgios, so I’m basically a celebrity.”

SOPHIE ROBERTS Treasurer

JULIAN ORONOS Publications & Media Officer

YI-LIN (JAMES) YANG I.T. Officer

“I can sing the alphabet backwards.”

“My secret hobby is extreme sports.”

“I hate prawns, but my family owns a prawn farm.”

ABIGAIL ROBERTS Charity & Community Aid Officer

CHRISTINA ALIFRACO Charity & Community Officer

HANNAH TRESTON Social President

“I don’t like Nutella, but peanut butter is okay.”

“Won seven national cheerleading titles.”

“My favourite drink is champagne.”

NATHAN BARRETT 5th Year Social Representative

KATIA ALBRECHT 4th Year Social Representative

VISHI PHOEUNG 3rd Year Social Representative

Currently on placement.

“I have probably been every hair colour you could think of.”

“When I’m sad, I watch cat & dog fights on YouTube or dance my butt off.”

RENEE AITKEN 2nd Year Social Representative

CASSIDY REDDEN 1st Year Social Representative

KHILAN SHUKLA Academic President

“I have lived in Cairns my whole life.”

“I have big hands.”

“I’ve been charged at by a rhino.”


ANDREW LIAW 5th Year Academic Representative

EMMA NIEBLING 4th Year Academic Representative

ANDREW PARK 3rd Year Academic Representative

“I have dental fear when I’m the patient, even with a simple scale & clean!”

“I’m a twin.”

“Likes holding hands & long walks on the beach.”

ASHLEY ONG 2nd Year Academic Representative

PRIYA BALNAVES 1st Year Academic Representative

PRASHANT KRISHNA Placement Representative

“If you hear weird, off-key singing in the 2nd year homerooms at night, that’s probably me.”

From Brisbane.

Currently on placement.

SOPHIE BENNETT 4th Year Clinic Representative

SHAIEL PARIKH 3rd Year Clinic Representative

ALEX DANCYGER International Student Representative

“I discovered a passion for Dentistry while working as a journalist for Channel 7.”

“I can eat a whole Nandos chicken.”

“I’m allergic to pickles.”

NICK SAVEKA ATSI Representative

LISA LIM Sponsorship Co-ordinator

CASSEY FOGARTY Sponsorship Officer

“Animal lover.”

“I’m really good at chopping vegetables.”

“Cassey Fogarty, as in Fogarty Park.”

JAMES MEURANT ADSA Liaison Officer From Townsville.

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FROM THE PRESIDENT Throughout this semester, our students have volunteered their time to feed the homeless as part of the Friends On The Street Outreach Program, giving back in a positive and meaningful way. 2016 has started with a fresh new outlook for JCUDSA! In the first eight weeks of university we launched our new Facebook Page (like us if you haven’t already!) as well our very own merchandise in the form of hoodies and t-shirts! We are also in the process of becoming an incorporated organisation which will make us an official legal entity! Already in semester one we have had a number of successful events thanks to our amazing social committee led by our social president, Hannah Treston and also our community and charity officers, Christina Alifraco and Abigail Roberts! This year’s JCUDSA O-Week was another fantastic success thanks to our 2nd year social rep, Renee Aitken. This year JCUDSA is growing its contributions to community and giving back. In February JCUDSA wore red for RedFeb in support of awareness of heart disease. Donning red clothing on campus and in JCU Dental, our students got amongst this great cause with all donations going to Heart Research Australia. Expanding our contributions to the local Cairns community, JCUDSA has partnered with Rosie’s a local organisation that feeds the Cairns homeless community. Throughout this semester, our students have volunteered their time to feed the homeless as part of the Friends On The Street Outreach Program,

giving back in a positive and meaningful way. Campus life is well under way through semester 1 with first years settling into their studies and second years having just finished their school placements, giving oral and hand hygiene instruction to students in disadvantaged primary schools. Our 3rd year students have begun working at JCU Dental, meeting their first patients and developing their clinical skills whilst 4th year students are busy with their research projects. The fifth year students are spread throughout the country and the world practicing dentistry in places like Launceston, Thursday Island, Alice Springs, Darwin, Mackay, Townsville and Sri Lanka to name a few. I’d also like to thank the 2016 committee for their help and support to relaunch our bi-annual publication “Word of Mouth” off the ground. Our fresh new look is thanks to our talented Publications and Media officer, Julian Oronos, who also designed our Facebook Page and merchandise this year. Finally, I wanted to thank our major sponsors A-DEC, DPL, Work The World and ADAQ for their support and contributions to this issue. Their support is the driving force for our success each year. Stay tuned for more events and opportunities to come and I wish all students the best for the rest of this semester!

WRITTEN BY KAE JENN TCHIA | JCUDSA PRESIDENT


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2016

ORIENTATION week first year ice breaker event PHOTOS BY NADIA SEE & JEREMEY YANG


water fight 2016 PHOTOS BY BRAYDEN FRACCHIA

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A C AD E M I C P R E S I D E N T The second year cohort are already complaining about sore backs and are considering visiting a chiropractor or getting a dodgy fifteen dollar massage at the night markets, for those interested. 2016 brings an exciting new year, with many academic events in store. The first year cohort have settled into university life and are naturally panicking about the plethora of content in DS, BM and CH (and probably RH too, while they’re at it). So far, nobody has managed to top Chris Beni, who reasoned that it was necessary to pack an overnight bag and sleep on the first floor couches rather than going home for the night. The second year cohort are already complaining about sore backs, and are considering visiting a chiropractor (or getting a dodgy $15 night-market massage) to deal with the aftermath of their encounters with indirect vision and Class II preps. The third year cohort are finally getting to put their clinical skills to use, and are desperately trying to avoid breaking the current standing record of 9 alginate impressions for a single arch in one session. We are also beginning to understand that developing rapport doesn’t include letting patients leave the clinic mid-treatment to go and climb a tree. The fourth year cohort are stressed out and trying to stay on top of their research projects, and case reports, and tests, and clinic, and COALS, and research, and more tests, and more clinic, and more case reports and...surely the list can’t go on much longer? Lastly, our fifth year cohort are starting to hone their clinical skills and prepare themselves for the outside world — the panic will probably start to set in later in the year. In short: everything is normal. Earlier in the year, the academic committee organised First Aid and CPR training with Gary Woolrich for the first and second years. I’m sure everyone (especially the international students) was

thrilled to hear about the multitude of venomous snakes, spiders, jellyfish and crocodiles that inhabit this region of the world, and now feel well equipped to deal with such a situation (screaming and running away*). In addition to the blatantly dangerous creatures, Cairns’ moths have also been found to be quite hazardous to one’s health, so remember to cover your ears and walk quickly, rather than at a Snail pace. JCUDSA have also organised for a number of loupes companies to visit this year. This is a great opportunity for students to experience the different magnification options that are available, and to give everyone the idea that you really know what you’re doing in the clinic. Later in the year, we are also looking at a collaborative clinical skills night with the RHINO medical student association. This should be an excellent opportunity to prove that dentists are real Dr’s too, and we look forward to the suturing workshops that will be conducted by the medical students. Lastly, in 2015, members of our executive committee organised a guest lecture from Dr Lincoln Harris. Dr Harris presented an excellent lecture on pragmatic patient communication, and gave us some helpful insights into clinical photography and clinical techniques. The academic committee is currently looking at organising another guest lecture for second semester, and will keep everyone posted as it happens. 2016 is shaping up to be a busy year, and JCUDSA’s academic committee are keen to ensure that it is enjoyable for everyone. We wish the students all the best for the remainder of the year. *This should not be taken as sound medical advice - you can run much faster if you’re not busy screaming.

WRITTEN BY KHILAN SHUKLA | JCUDSA ACADEMIC PRESIDENT


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first year

SO FAR

WRITTEN BY CA SSI DY REDDEN 1 ST YEAR SOCIAL REPRESENTATI VE

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Hi, my name is Cassidy and I am a first year JCU dental student here to give a brief overview of the honeymoon period of starting uni and what I’ve learnt so far. Arriving to orientation week and you can tell everyone is relieved JCU spares no expense on the air conditioning. Not because it’s 1000 degrees outside but because everyone has nervous sweats. The pits are drippin’.   It doesn’t take long to realise that the cohort are very friendly minus a few (*cough Liam*). The teaching staff are also quite welcoming.  The first couple weeks of classes are relaxed and the content is manageable and any doubts people had about getting through the course start to disappear.  Nek minnit, you’re six weeks behind and you’ve only been at uni for four weeks and you realise this course is here to challenge and work students hard.  But this is good. We haven’t come here to ‘pass’ and become an average dentist. We are here to be the best dentists we can be and here at JCU, early indications are they will continue to challenge us and we will benefit from their teaching to become not good, but great dentists.  What I’ve learnt so far: “Laminate your notes so the tears roll off” “I can’t show my face if Oral B ask me to do a TV ad” “The best time to go to the dentist is at 2.30” PHOTO BY JULIAN ORONOS


PHOTO BY JULIAN ORONOS

ATSI

REPORT WR I T T E N B Y N I C K S A V E K A JCUDSA ATSI REPRESENTATIVE

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Hi I’m Nick Saveka, the new ATSI (Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander) JCUDSA representative. I will outline my role as an Indigenous JCUDSA representative and what I hope to achieve. Firstly, my main involvement is to engage with cultural Indigenous JCU students and staff, in major events such as NAIDOC week or Reconciliation/Sorry Day. My involvement will look to incorporate some form of oral hygiene awareness, with non-Indigenous and Indigenous Dental students that will be either speaking about or handing out information packages. The purpose of my oral health promotion, is to help bridge the gap and increase knowledge in Indigenous members throughout the community. Secondly, I will look to consistently stay in touch with Indigenous Dental students to seek any helpful suggestions that may assist in cultural principles and study requirements such as funerals, tombstone openings and other events that may clash with studying. This may include simple miss-communications with lecturers or assessments, as English may not be a first or very familiar language with some Indigenous students for example. Overall, my role will be to engage with Indigenous staff and students throughout the James Cook Univeristy campus and assisting or organizing any matters that I can contribute my services/experience to helping others as an Indigenous JCUDSA member.

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BALANCING ACT Incorporating social events into university life has a positive impact on study as it can provide motivation to accomplish tasks and help set time away from study. Study smarter, not harder. Despite James Cook University being located in the tropical paradise of Far North Queensland, the relaxed lifestyle that comes with it can often be overcome by the stresses of university. As a second year student in the BDS program, I have experienced first hand what these stresses are like, and sometimes it’s quite overwhelming. Not to worry though, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, and dealing with a stressful university lifestyle is only a matter of balance. The single most important factor for developing and maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle is the individual. Eating well, exercising regularly and getting enough rest are the first steps to achieving this. Furthermore, it is also important to take time out for yourself and to actually plan time away from study. Online resources such as Calm.com (http://www.calm.com/) and Do Nothing for 2 Minutes (http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com/) are great tools to take time during the day to just relax. Once personal time has been established, academic and social aspects can be taken into consideration. A good rule to keep in mind

when studying is to not bite off more than you can chew. Essentially, you should study smarter, not harder. Effective study can be achieved by setting small, accomplishable goals, utilizing time management tools, avoiding procrastination and removing yourself from distraction. Lastly, your study should be realistic – no one can study for every hour of the day, and it’s not healthy to. Incorporating social events into university life has a positive impact on study as it can provide motivation to accomplish tasks and help set time away from study. As the second year social representative, my most significant responsibility for the year was organizing O-Week. The main aim for the week was to host events where first years could socialize with not only each other, but with other students in the BDS program. The lifestyle balance between each individual varies due to their personal circumstances. However, by focusing on personal, academic and social aspects of life, it becomes easier to develop and maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

WRITTEN BY RENEE AITKEN | 2ND YEAR SOCIAL REPRESENTATIVE

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SCHOOL visits WRITT EN BY ASHLEY O NG | 2ND Y E A R A C A D E M I C R E P R E S E N T A T I V E

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As part of first semester, second year students are required to visit primary school classes around the local Cairns region. We taught children about tooth brushing, hand washing, healthy diet and the dental clinic for a total of five weeks. Even though these visits were only short (one hour long); all the second year students quickly realised just how much planning and effort was required to keep the children attentive and entertained for those 60 minutes. Through this experience, we all developed our skills in interacting with and teaching children about oral health and healthy lifestyle habits. The community placements also resulted in incredible respect for primary school teachers who have to do this for six hours a day, every day! There were many word searches and crosswords done, books read, craft exercises, creating plenty of mess, colouring-in sheets turning into artworks, dress-ups and visits from ‘Toothy/ToothMan’. Overall it was a fantastic and fulfilling community placement. It was great knowing that we were able to give these children a skill they will carry on for the rest of their lives. Thank you to the staff in the dentistry office (especially Sheila!), for the ongoing support and providing us with a plethora of resources for the children. Also thank you to all the schools: Balaclava, Cairns West and Parramatta State School - for letting us into their classrooms and supporting us throughout the five, quick weeks we were there. Lastly, a big thank you to all the students at the schools! You guys were amazing, we loved every Wednesday afternoon and you can expect JCU Dentistry student visits back in your classrooms next year!


leadership

CONFERENCE T OWNSV I L L E, MA R C H 2016


executive committee PHOTOS BY SIMONE ROSS


WRITTEN BY KHILAN SHUKLA | JCUDSA ACADEMIC PRESIDENT

College of Medicine and Dentistry Leadership Forum 2016 was held in Townsville in March. Our own JCUDSA Executive Committee were able to attend the event. Earlier in 2016, the JCUDSA executive committee braved the pelting rain and travelled to Townsville to attend a student leadership forum. The program involved student committees from the College of Medicine and Dentistry and included the schools of Pharmacy, Dentistry and Medicine. Our executive committee managed to network with students from the other associations, and developed a number of ideas for future collaborations. The workshops included a number of presentations from different student leaders and provided the opportunity to refine aspects of our organisation. The morning presentations involved event planning and management, sponsorship, and marketing strategies. Our committee presented the new marketing initiatives that we have implemented, including our new JCUDSA filter on Snapchat (courtesy of our immensely talented Media and Publications officer, Julian Oronos). We were also exposed to the different strategies of the other student clubs and subsequently developed new ideas for attracting sponsors. The afternoon dealt with record and finance keeping, and our organisation was able to identify a number of areas that we could strengthen in this aspect. We found the collective experience of the different clubs was a great asset, and we were able to consider and develop ideas to implement into our

organisational structure. We later had a guest presentation from a pair of Japanese exchange students, Haruka and Shoko, about rural health and medicine in Japan. Their presentation broadened our perspectives about working requirements and conditions in rural health in other parts of the world. To conclude the leadership forum, in what was arguably the most challenging workshop of the day, we were all required to produce a video to market our organisation. Pressed for time, our executive committee produced an entertaining (and slightly humiliating) video which marketed our organisation...we’re hoping it won’t be broadcast anytime soon. The presentations at the leadership forum were of a high standard and the event allowed JCUDSA to interact with other students in the college of Medicine and Dentistry to strengthen our inter- association relationships. We concluded the evening with a dinner with the Head of the College, Dr Richard Murray and the Head of the School of Pharmacy, Dr Michelle Bellingan, both of whom presented inspiring anecdotal lectures regarding student leadership and qualities. Our executive committee were very fortunate to be able to attend this event, and look to implement the skills and ideas we have learned into our organisation.

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S OCIAL ASPE C TS O F 3R D Y E A R Most used hashtags in the third year cohort: #firstdayofclinic, #nostressnoworkdone, #partayyy, #partypeople What a ride it has been! There is no better word to describe third year dental school than a roller coaster ride. Fear, worry, confidence and excitement are all combined at the same time. We have transitioned from theoretical students to growing clinical students. Everyone in the year has been waiting for 2016 (#firstdayofclinic), the year that we all can start practicing dentistry on real patients, real situations and real stress #nostressnoworkdone isn’t that right? But it has been great to have seen all of us grow personally and have developed such professional attitudes and manners, which of course will equip us well to become a competent dental graduate from James Cook University. Besides the load of work, our cohort

never forgets to #partayyy. The Ice-breaker for first years and the Party Bus were successful at the start of the year, the inaugural Beer mile had a massive turn out. There was also a RHINO get together event that our cohort participated in. The girls of JCU Dentistry 2018 also celebrated a high tea as a celebration for Lynlee’s wedding (third year Dentistry student). So far, we all have been doing just fine, everyone is getting excited about our exclusive Halfway dinner of which the social representative is working hard on. Still a secret guys! Of course everyone has been talking about the one and only Dentistry Ball as well! We’ll have a surprise for you! #partypeople

WRITTEN BY VISHI PHOEUNG | 3RD YEAR SOCIAL REPRESENTATIVE

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P HO T O BY JU LI A N O R O N O S

P H O TO B Y J U LI A N O R O N O S


Q& A

KEVIN CHEONG SENIOR INSTRUCTO R - DENTAL TECHNI C I A N JAMES COOK UNI VERSI TY

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PHOTO BY TIM COLLINS


PHOTO BY TIM COLLINS


I NTERVI EW BY J U L I A N O R O N O S

Where and when were you born? I was born in Longreach, Queensland, in 1947. What year did you arrive here at James Cook University? 2009 Why did you become a dental technician? Simply because I knew I couldn’t sit down at an office desk and become a pencil pusher. So I need to be active with my hands. Other than that I would have been in a technical trade either a carpenter, brick layer. Using my hands. Who is the person who influenced your life the most? How I become to be a dental technican is my aunt. She suggested I should become a dental technican. And I took her advice, it’s simple as that. She used to be a nurse in the army, in the war days. Did you make dentures for your aunt? Yes I did actually. And how did they go? Of course they went alright! Which new technology have you found most helpful in your life? In making and constructing dentures, basically, what you’ve learnt here is old-fashioned, and there’s nothing new in making dentures. You guys know there is 3D technology and right now they’re working on getting a 3D denture. They have made a denture from 3D totally. But

they haven’t perfected it. Other than that, 3D scanning [exists] to get models, which means you don’t have to take impressions anymore. Have you used these before? No, I’ve seen them, but it’s going to be costly. Because you guys are coming in to print technology, you can get printed models. By scanning, with a scanner, that means you’re going to buy a scanner. The technology is there. But it’s going to cost you. Which technology have you found most annoying? Modern technology is annoying. CAD CAM is annoying. You know why, because when you go to all these dental shows and they show you it’s marvellous and all this. They don’t tell you how much time it takes to set all that up and get used to using all the technology. They say: “this is good, this is great, let’s go!” And you guys swallow it. You guys have to decide whether or not you want to go with that technology. So that’s the new technology you find most annoying? Yeah. Any new technology in the dental industry is labour intensive for a dental technician. Okay. So anything new that comes out, you guys still want it at the same price, takes us time to make it and refine it, so its retrogressive for us.

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“Dentistry is occlusion” - KE V I N CHE O NG , c i r c a 2 0 1 5 .


PHOTO BY TIM COLLINS


What was the happiest moment of your life?

Do you have favourite quote that you say?

What was the happiest moment of my life? Hahahaha. It was pretty neat when my daughter was born. So that was a happy point. And obviously when I got married, that was okay. Everything else in your life is stressful. Buying a house. All you’re doing is buying debt. It’s a hassle. Right?

Dentistry is occlusion.

What are you most proud of in your career as a dental technician?

By doing whatever I like, whenever I like. Obviously fishing comes into that. As I will be watching football as well, yes.

Well I have had satisfaction in teaching you guys, how to have good quality work. Okay. For 36 years. So you’ve worked as a dental technician in private practice as well? Yes, I’ve worked in practice as well. It’s pretty hard to say [how long for]. There’s four years in Canada. My apprenticeship was five years, and I’ve worked at a dental hospital for three, four years in Australia. Then I worked privately for a year, before I went Canada. And then from when I came back from Canada, I went straight back to University of Queensland where I worked for 30 years teaching. And then after that, they decided they weren’t going to make the students do their own work anymore. So I went to Western Australia and got my dump truck license (mining). Because I wanted to do that. And that didn’t eventuate so I ended up here (JCU). I was invited back here by Prof. Sandham to come and design this laboratory and he offered me the job then and I said no. Because I wanted to try and get a dump truck job. And eventually didn’t happen, so, I had to apply for the job (at JCU) when they advertised it. And I’ve been here since.

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Do you have a favourite movie in mind? Not really. How do you plan to spend you time after leaving JCU?

Who do you support then? Broncos. Simply because I was at the first game when they first started. So I’ve been a supporter since then. One piece of advice you can give to JCU dental students? Maintain the quality I expect of you. No shortcuts. Quality work. Is that it? Yup, that’s enough isn’t it? That’s what I’ve been instilling into you guys. JCUDSA wishes Mr Kevin Cheong all the best in the future and thank him for the priceless knowledge he has given to the dental students of James Cook University.


PHOTO BY TIM COLLINS


28th February PHOTOS BY THE ROSIE’S TEAM

31st March PHOTOS BY THE ROSIE’S TEAM


DONATING TIME Every year, JCUDSA does an amazing job to raise awareness and funds for various charities and we plan to continue this in our role as Charity and Community officers. We hope to leave behind a legacy... With two new faces on the scene, JCUDSA’s Charity and Community events started with a bang this year. Kicking off with the first charity event in the first week of the semester, JCUDSA participated in REDFEB, throwing its first Red Day to raise awareness and funds for heart disease. Each year put in their gold coin donations, but 1st years proved they were the ones to beat, donating $73, nearly more than all other years combined. Along with the Bake sale, JCUDSA raised a total of $389 for the event, which went straight to Researching a Cure. Just two days later, another JCUDSA first happened, when Christina Alifraco took a group of four Dentistry students to volunteer their time at Rosie’s, Friends on the street Outreach on Sunday the 28th of February. Rosie’s is a non-for-profit organisation that provides emotional support for those less fortunate or living on the street, along with providing them with a meal and sanitary items. It was a great night of helping those less fortunate, and lots of fun. Since the first night, Christina has taken five other groups along and is planning to keep it running all year round. With so much happening in just a few short weeks you wonder how we’ll top this? We have a lot more planned! A Trivia Night with RHINO is just around the corner, the classic Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, volunteering at Iron Man to support the FNQ hospital foundation, and partici-

pating in Relay for Life to support the Cancer Council. There’s something for everyone and this is just first semester. So keep your eye out on the JCU Dentistry page on how to get involved so you don’t miss out. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered and donated so far, we look forward to your continued support for the Charity and Community team this year. Now here are some testimonials from the Officers themselves: “My aim this year is to really give back to the Cairns Community and raise as much money as we can for great causes. I think it’s definitely something I can work hard towards and hope everyone enjoys the events we plan.” – Abigail Roberts 2nd Year student. “Like Abby, my aim is to get dental students involved within the Cairns community as much as possible. Not everyone can donate money, but we can donate time. So this year it has been my goal to get students involved in volunteering at community outreaches such as Rosie’s, Clean up Australia Day in conjunction with Sea Sheppard and the FNQ Hospital foundation. Every year JCUDSA does an amazing job to raise awareness and funds for various charities and I plan to continue this within my role. We also hope to leave behind the legacy of raising money for the annual JCUDSA award.” - Christina Alifraco 3rd Year student.

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011 What do we aim to anaesthetize with the standard inferior alveolar nerve block? Half of your face, including your eye. In just eight weeks, we have experienced many highs and lows of beginning clinical practice. Knees weak, arms are heavy, there’s vomit on his clinic jacket, postures pathetic, he’s nervous; but on the surface he is calm and ready, to drop bombs of lignocaine. Everyone, I’m sure, will have different recollections of their first local anaesthetic injection. It most likely involved symptoms such as sweating like a gypsy with a mortgage accompanied with uncontrollable shaking, and probably what would be considered abnormal tachycardia. The journey into clinic has been a tumultuous one to say the least. Learning the citric acid cycle, actively utilizing SOLER and knowing that 13.7% of Australians suffer from dental anxiety; and boy, aren’t we glad we know how to calculate a Mann-Whitney U Test.   Fair to say, we have become well acquainted with the infamous 011 – the old comprehensive oral examination. How long does it take a 3rd year to check your mouth?

Approximately three hours, not taking into account booking the patient’s next appointment. How many times do we need to take an impression for your denture? About nine. What do we aim to anaesthetize with the standard inferior alveolar nerve block? Half of your face, including your eye. In just eight weeks, we have experienced many highs and lows of beginning clinical practice. It is amazing to think, however, how much we have taken in our stride in such a short amount of time. Though this marks only the beginning of a lifelong journey to full clinical proficiency, under the watchful and experienced (hawk) eyes of JCU Dental’s staff and supervisors, the cohort of 2018 is well on their way If you forgot, SOLER stands for: Sit squarely, Open posture, Lean towards the client, Eye contact and Relax. You’re welcome.

WRITTEN BY ANDREW PARK & SHAIEL PARIKH 3RD YEAR ACADEMIC AND CLINIC REPRESENTATIVES

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DENTISTRY BUILDING W RI TTEN BY JULI A N O R O N O S

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he following steps will ensure that you have a productive night in the dentistry building. Whether studying for an exam, OSCE, or formative, these simple steps should be able to help you through what is going to be a very tough night.

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Make sure to have food. This is absolutely critical if you even want to last the night. Without some good brain food (a.k.a chocolates, fermentable carbohydrates of your choice and good ol’ H2O), how are you going to be able to revise? There are some good local “restaurants” available around the area if you do become hungry. Just make sure to come back to study.

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Have your notes with you. This is an obvious step, that many rookies tend to forget. Have everything with you. Your computer, written notes, voice overs, YouTube URLs, $500 textbook and or a classmate (these are very helpful, a highly reccomended source).

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The perfect location. You’ll need to find your own space to be able to study effectively. If a room is empty, that is the jackpot. If you find a room with another student, that’s not too bad. If you find a room with a pizza party in it, not ideal. But remember, if there are any disturbances, you’ll have to move, because as the saying goes: “If you can’t beat em’, join em’!”

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Listen to music. Unless of course you hate music during study, then disregard this suggestion. For something new maybe try some instrumental music, classical piano, ambient rain or ocean sounds. This is not really the time for heavy, dark metal music... unless that’s your kind of thing, if so, go for it!

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Plan it out. Write a to do list of what you need to cover or finish by the end of your study session. Making sure to add: “Stand up & stretch” and “Go to the toilet.”

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Keep track of the time. Don’t forget to check the time to see how you are going with your revision and if it’s time to call it a night. It is not reccommended to study until the wee hours of the morning such as 3-4am, so make sure to go home and sleep. Pro tip: bring a sleeping bag and sleep in the dentistry building! Just kidding.


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IMPLANTS Hands-on experience in the specialised field is generally restricted to postgraduate dental programs and has not previously been part of the BDS program at James Cook University. A groundbreaking undergraduate learning experience at JCU Dental has students, supervisors and patients abuzz with excitement. The 2016 4th year cohort are the fortunate first to take part in the newly introduced treatment option offered to patients, implantology. Hands-on experience in the specialised field is generally restricted to postgraduate dental programs and has not previously been a part of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program at James Cook University. Previously, patients who were interested in implants were referred to outside specialists for care. But now JCU has one of the leading experts in the field at its helm, Professor Neil Meredith, so implant candidates are no longer turned away; a major bonus for both patients and students. Prior to this, the implant learning experience was purely theory based, but now students have the potential to graduate with a greater knowledge and understanding of implants, a vital skill for the modern general

dentist, not just the specialist. Professor Meredith says it’s important for students to be exposed to as much as possible so they can competently diagnose, treatment plan and explain the complex process to potential implant patients. His goal is for every fourth year student to have his or her own implant case, and it may just be possible. An overwhelming number of patients are responding positively; already around 20 students have an implant case so far. JCU is believed to be the only dental undergraduate program in Australia providing implant treatment to patients. It comes as JCU is about to welcome its first influx of postgraduate implantology students. Twenty students will begin the newly introduced one-year Graduate Diploma of Dental Implantology in July. The course will comprise mostly of online seminars covering all aspects of implantology. Clinical workshops will be held on campus at JCU Dental where postgraduate students will treat patients in the clinic under supervision.

WRITTEN BY SOPHIE BENNETT | 4TH YEAR CLINIC REPRESENTATIVE

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With my first placement rotation soon coming to a close, I still can’t believe I’ve made it to fifth year already! It feels like not long ago I was going to Lodge parties, wearing casual clothes everyday (probably what I miss most!) and trying to cram the citric acid cycle in chemistry. This year I’ve been lucky enough to be placed at Kirwan Oral Health Services in Townsville for first semester. I highly recommend it. It is a massive jump up from fourth year, but we all work as a team and get the job done. We also get opportunities to observe (and sometimes treat) patients under general anaesthetic, in prison, in nursing homes, in the school dental vans, in the maxillofacial clinic, in the orthodontic clinic and more. I’ve found these clinics really beneficial because it has helped me enjoy dentistry more, knowing that it doesn’t have to be static. I don’t have to be the same old dentist in the same old clinic for the rest of my life – I can take it wherever I want! A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend RHINO club’s inaugural Outback Experience. Thirteen medicine, dentistry, speech pathology and physiotherapy students from Cairns, Townsville and Mackay travelled to Toomulla Beach for an awesome camping weekend. We learnt a heap of skills like how to check and change a tyre and oil in a car, pick a lock and cook damper. We went swimming, four-wheel driving, and sat around the fire drinking a bucket load of VB. If I were you I would definitely make the trip down for it next year! So where to from here? After exams I’ll be buying my first winter coat and heading down to Launceston for semester two. For now though, I’ll keep enjoying my last few months in sunny North Queensland. PHOTO S BY HANNAH M CVI NI SH


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MUST DO LIST WRITTEN BY KATI A ALBRECHT 4T H YEAR SOCIAL REPRESENTATI VE

What are the two things dentistry students love the most? Teeth and parties of course! This article is going to cover the events of the year which could make or break your social status within dentistry. Despite coming to the end of semester one, the year has already been "jam-packed" with social events. As always, Dentistry's annual Party Bus commenced the year with a bang, allowing the older years to get to know the first years and well, let the first years get to know each other. This crazy night out was followed by possibly an even bigger night, as for the first time ever JCUSA's Toga Party was held in the city, letting us mingle with students from other degrees at JCU. Further down the semester and in between assignments and studying for midsemester tests, we still found time to network with JCU's medical students at the first RHINO event of the year. Regardless of the 4th, 5th and 6th JCU Med students studying at the Cairns Campus being lovely people, Dentistry came up on top for party animals of the night! Now, if you happened to miss these events due to age restrictions or insane stress levels, don't worry there are still many more events to come for you to increase your social standing. And if you did attend these events and like me seem to have gotten stung by the social butterfly, here are some more events for you to network and release some dentistry stress. Continued over the page


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CHECK OUR EVENTS CALENDAR ON PAGE 65

The Australian Dental Student Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (ADSA) Dental Convention, which is held by various dental schools across Australia in the month of July, is the perfect opportunity to combine both academic and social. Five days of world class lecturers and hands on workshops is the ultimate place to network with other dental students and expand your knowledge and skill set. Now while the academic side is completely mind-blowing it's the four wild nights of extravagant parties and crazy dress ups which will leave you wanting more. Convention will definitely have you leaving with fond memories, hilarious stories and a lot more friends than you came with. As JCU Dentistry students have already raised the standard for education and fun by hosting last year's ADSA Convention, why not continue the uncultivated tradition by showing the other universities how it's done! ADSA's Dental Convention hosted by La Trobe University in Melbourne is definitely a 'must do' for your 2016 social calendar.

However, to bring it a little closer to home, JCUDSA is always putting on events to help encourage cohesiveness between each year level. These events include Mixers and Trivia Nights, all of which are bucket loads of fun and most of the time are raising money for a charity. Now let's be real, who doesn't like to party for charity? So undeniably a "must do" in 2016. To finish off, the ultimate "must do" of the year is of course Dent Ball. The Dentistry Ball which is usually held in second semester highlights the classy fun which we dentistry students are all about. A night which allows you to dress to the nines and mingle with other students and staff whilst enjoying the unlimited champagne sunrises is unquestionably something you cannot miss! If you need more information about what's hot and what's not for the social world, contact one of your social representative and keep an eye out on the JCUDSA's website and Facebook page.

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RUN CLUB WRITTEN BY NICO LE PERRY

Established in 2014, the JCU “Nicci P” Run club caters for every ability and every cohort. From those who keep a close eye on the stopwatch, to those just happy to make the distance, and have a few laughs along the way (and there are certainly plenty of these). Coached by Nicole Perry (3rd year Dentistry student) plus a very enthusiastic “ass coach” Louise McCallum (3rd year Dentistry student), the group meets three times a week for a range of sessions with the main focus being a fun, social outlet where students keep fit and have a release from the stresses of university study. The club participates at regular fun runs around Cairns and Townsville, has regular

social functions and even organized the much-anticipated “2016 JCU Beer Mile”. Their next stop is the Cairns Mothers Day fun run on the 8th of May 2016, before they hit the road to show Townsville just how JCU Cairns students roll in the 2016 Townsville Running Festival in August. Stay tuned for the next update on this group’s progress. If you are interested in joining, come along to see what gets so many people running laps at the JCU oval (or doing push-ups if they walk). Pop up to one of the sessions outlined below or join the Facebook group by searching: The JCU Nicci P Run Club. See you at a session soon!

TRAINING DETAILS TUESDAY................ CATTANA WETLANDS 5:00PM WEDNESDAY........... JCU OVAL 5:15PM SUNDAY................. CLIFTON BEACH 5:15PM extra sessions are often added per week, details are updated on thier Facebook page


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WINNER

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BE C O M I N G A L I T H E A U S S I E Even though there are still a few things to get adjusted to, I am very blessed to study in a tropical rainforest. I love having the ability to take advantage of our world-class dental facilities and make heaps of new local friends. G’day mate! My name is Alisha Virmani and I am a first year student in the Dentistry program at James Cook University from the suburbs of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. I left my small town of 5,000 people and -40 degree Celsius weather to make my way down under for the very first time. Before coming to Cairns, all my Canadian friends questioned my safety of moving to a place filled with scary spiders, sharks and jellyfish. In the moment, I didn’t think too much of it and shrugged off their concerns. Much to my disbelief, however, a large snake greeted me outside of my apartment gates upon my arrival. It was in that very moment that everything had finally sunk in; I finally realized that I would be spending my next five years in Oz. Everyone in Cairns was very welcoming

and made sure I had “no dramas.” Everyone was always asking “how ya going” or seeing if I was “keen” to tour my new home. It took a while to get used to hearing how “thongs” mysteriously go on people’s feet and how no one used actual hot dog buns for snag sizzles. I still get laughed at every time I say “wa-ter” not “wa-da” and ask for the nearest “McD’s” rather than a “Macca’s.” Even though there are still a few things to get adjusted to, I am very blessed to study in a tropical rainforest. I love having the ability to take advantage of our world-class dental facilities and make “heaps” of new local friends. I’m finally becoming a pro at the Tim-Tam slam and slowly remembering to get in on the correct passenger side of the car. I can’t wait to see what Australia has in store for me!

WRITTEN BY ALISHA VIRMANI | 1ST YEAR INTERNATIONAL DENTISTRY STUDENT

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UP C O M I N G eve n t s JCUDSA holds many events and also participates in external events held in Cairns and Far North Queensland. Here’s a list of what’s coming up soon:

M AY 6

Trivia Night

MAY 8

Cairns Mother’s Day Fun Run

MAY 14-15

Rosie’s Outreach

MAY 26

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

J UN 12

Cairns Ironman (Hospital Foundation)

J UL 9

3rd Year Halfway Ball

J UL 30

Relay for Life

AUG 5

Jeans 4 Genes Day

AUG 6

Dental Ball

N OV 11

4th & 3rd Year Christmas Party

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W O RD OF MOU TH committe e

J U L I AN OR ON O S

A N DR E W DOMA DIU S

HEAD EDITOR & PHOTOGRAPHER 3rd year dentistry student

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