Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons treat patients who experience diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face and jaw, as well as in the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

Clinical Practice

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals and medical specialists to optimise the treatment of major conditions such as jaw and congenital facial disproportion, facial disproportion, facial trauma, salivary gland disease, temporo-mandibular joint disorders and head, neck or oral cancers.

Statistics and information - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Number of specialists - QLD

Number of new fellows - QLD

Number of specialists - AUS

Number of new fellows - AUS

Average weekly hours
QLD

Average Age
QLD

% Aged 60+
QLD

32% of the QLD 2017 workforce intend to retire by 2027

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Location - QLD

Regional
Major cities

Public/Private QLD

Private
Public

Number of trainees - QLD

Number of new trainees - QLD

Number of trainees - AUS

Number of new trainees - AUS

PGY new trainees - QLD

Proportion Female/Male - QLD

Male
Female

Length of Training

4 years full-time

Method of Allocation

College-selected trainees may be allocated to a training post by:

  • College
  • Queensland Health pathway/network (centrally coordinated)
  • Queensland Health facility (accredited for training)

Training and assessment summary

For detailed information in relation to training and assessment requirements, please contact RACDS.

Training program overview

Oral and maxillofacial surgery training incorporates both basic and advanced training, with clinical education and training predicated on trainees undertaking surgery with increasing levels of independence and incremental complexity. Upon completion of all requirements of the training program, trainees may apply for admission to Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeon - FRACDS(OMS).

Eligibility

Applicants must be a resident of Australia or New Zealand, hold a dental degree and full registration as a dentist in Australia or New Zealand, hold a medical degree and full registration as a medical practitioner in Australia or New Zealand and have completed a full year of surgery in general (SIG) whilst occupying a post in a hospital that is approved for surgical training by the Trainee Advisory Committee, or be expected to complete prior to the commencement of training.

Flexibility

Minimum 50% of full-time commitment. Training must be completed within 6 years.

Interrupted training

Allowed however an interruption exceeding 2 years will necessitate a period of additional training.