Brush­ing up on uni

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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