The Oral Health Alliance is founded on the shared belief that a future world-class clinical service, teaching and research is dependent on commitment to integration.

Through the Oral Health Alliance, UQ and Metro North Hospital and Health Service have leveraged opportunities flowing from the integration of clinical service delivery, clinical innovation and education and training of the next generation of the dental workforce in the pursuit of the highest standard of oral health care for the community.

By combining our expertise, knowledge and resources, we bring together complementary strengths and take the combined capacities and potential of both organisations to create a truly world class operation, leading the way in oral health. The Oral Health Alliance is a generational opportunity realised; uniting the clinical treatment capabilities of the health sector with the dental education and research capabilities of the School of Dentistry within the Oral Health Centre – the hub of the Oral Health Alliance.  

Alliances between universities and public health services are central to tackling the health issues of our future, harnessing the skills of each partner to transform service delivery to meet the expanding and complex needs of our community. It provides an opportunity to truly embed research into the health system; to pursue new knowledge, technologies and innovation.

Our approach represents best practice nationally and internationally, expanding our mission to include the elements of clinical service, teaching and research.

The organisational structures of both the School of Dentistry and Metro North Oral Health Services have adapted to match such a commitment, led by shared conjoint roles specifically developed to create an amalgam of strengths, expertise and reputation.

Established in January 2017, the Oral Health Alliance is led by Acting OHA Director, Associate Professor David Thomson.