Dr. Manjunath Rajashekhar joined the College of Medicine & Dentistry, James Cook University, Australia as a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Dentistry and Dental Public Health in 2021. He works as The Director of Simulation Clinic. Dr Manju completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Masters of Dental surgery in the speciality of Preventative and Dental Public Health from the prestigious universities from India. He started his teaching career as a lecturer in the speciality of Orthodontics and then as a general dentist in private practice. He worked as an Assistant Professor before he moved to New Zealand. He curently holds an Adjunct Professor position at The Yenepoya University, India. He has extensive experience in teaching (both undergraduates and postgraduates) and research. He has presented papers at various national and international conferences and awared with best paper presentations in India and Australia. He is the first Public Health Dentist awarded with Diplomate of National Board in the speciality of Dental Public Health from Government of India. Manju is serving as independent reviewer for PhD students from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India.

Dr Manju completed his New Zealand Dental Registration Examination and started working in private dental practice in Auckland. He also completed Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health with Distinction from The University of Auckland before he moved to Australia. In 2013 he moved to Cairns where he worked as a Dental Officer at Wuchopperen Health Services. He was the runner up for Best Dentist Award for two times from North Queensland Public Health Network (NQPHN). He worked collaboratively with other speciality health providers to meet the oral health needs of Indigenous populaiton. He is awarded with Membership of Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons (MRACDS) in the speciality of Dental Public Health. Dr Manju also started his private dental practice and providing oral health care to the population with a philsophy of prevention and health promotion.

Dr Manju is currently doing his Masters of Dental Public Health from The University of Sydney. His project is on mapping the dental services provided by Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCHO's) across Australia and investigating the barriers and enablers to integrate oral health services in their existing primary health care services. 

Dr Manju's current research interest aligned to:

1. Indigenous oral health

2. Fluoride in dentistry

3. Rural and regional oral health services - barriers and enablers

Manju is open for collaboration and team supervision for HDR students and Honours

  • DS1101: Dental Science 1 (Level 1; CNS)
  • DS1102: Dental Science 2 (Level 1; CNS)
  • DS2101: Simulated Clinical Dentistry 1 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS2102: Simulated Clinical Dentistry 2 (Level 2; CNS)
  • DS3101: Introduction to Clinical Dentistry (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS3102: Clinical Dentistry 1 (Level 3; CNS)
  • DS4101: Clinical Dentistry 2 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS4102: Clinical Dentistry 3 (Level 4; CNS)
  • DS5101: Clinical Practice 1 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
  • DS5102: Clinical Practice 2 (Comprehensive Oral Care) (Level 5; CNS)
  • 2021 to 2022 - Seniour Lecturer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2017 to 2022 - Principal Dentist, Clifton Family Dental (Cairns)
  • 2013 to 2021 - Dental Officer, Wuchopperen Health Services (Cairns)
  • 2008 to 2013 - General Dentist, Everglade Dental and Pacifica Dental Care (Auckland)
  • 2004 to 2006 - Assistant Professor, Yenepoya Dental College (India)
  • 1999 to 2001 - Lecturer, Bapuji Dental College & Hospital (India)
  • 2017 - People Choice Award for paper presentation - Cairns and Hinterland Research Symposium
  • 2006 - Diplomate of National Board in the speciality of Dental Public Health
  • 2005 - Best poster award at Indian Association of Pubic Health Dentistry, Chennai, India
  • 2005 - Best paper award at Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry, Chennai, India
  • Indian Dental Association
  • International Associaiton of Dental Research
  • Indian Association of Public Health Dentistry
  • 2016 - Member of Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons (MRACDS) in the speciality of Dental Public Health

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