Brushing up on uni
SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD Cameron Pinese knows what it is like to grow up in a community where there is no permanent dentist.
It is one of the reasons the Newell Beach teenager is so excited about being offered a coveted place in the James Cook University’s dentistry course at Cairns. He was delighted to discover this week he was one of 66 students to gain admission into the Bachelor of Dentistry course.
Cameron said he hoped to be able to make a difference when he gained his qualifications.
“Here in Mossman we are used to only having one dentist visit once a week, it’s always chopping and changing,” he said. “I would like to stay in the area, maybe based in Cairns and coming to Mossman a few days a week or something like that.”
JCU is the first dentistry school for northern Australia and the only one beyond the southeast corner in Queensland. This year, first, second and third year dentistry students will be based entirely on campus in new facilities which include a state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory.
Construction also is underway on a $25 million dental clinic which will open in 2012.
“I’ve been to the uni and the new dentistry building looks awesome,” he said.
You beauty: Cameron Pinese with his acceptance letter from JCU