FNQ dentist translates his passion to high honour

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Far North Queensland's Wuchopperen Health Service dentist, Dr Manjunath Rajashekhar, has been recognised by the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons at a ceremony in Adelaide.


The Cairns-based Wuchopperen dentist said being recognised by his peers was deeply heartening and provides a platform for continuous professional development.  


"It was a great honour to be accepted as a member into the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons," Dr Manjunath said.


"Being a part of such a prestigious organisation is a great opportunity to continue to improve our dental services, and ensure we are offering best-practice dental healthcare in line with the international industry."


Dr Manjunath has a passion for public health dentistry and believes prevention is the key to achieving positive outcomes for clients.


He says one of the most rewarding aspects of his work since he joined Wuchopperen in 2013 is turning a practice that was mostly involved in tertiary treatments, such as extractions, into a service that can now focus on restorative (crowns, root canals, fillings, etc) and preventative care.


"I like to take a holistic approach to a client's health. I enjoy working as part of a team with all the multiple health care providers to ensure the patient is getting the care that they need."


Dr Manjunath, whose wife Geeta is also a dentist at Wuchopperen and travels with him to remote communities, has a special message for diabetes health professionals.

"There is a direct link between diabetes and oral health," Dr Manjunath said.


"People with diabetes have a lot of gum infections. When their gums are infected, that raises their blood glucose levels.


"Good oral health is a vital part of effective diabetes treatment," he said.


Dania Ahwang, Wuchopperen CEO, said the recognition of Dr Manjunath is well deserved and highlights the key impact Dr Manjunath has had on the provision of dental healthcare to the Cairns and surrounding districts' Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. 


"We are very lucky to have Dr Manjunath here at Wuchopperen working with and for our community. His passion and commitment to improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is exactly what we need in the community controlled health sector.


"Prior to Dr Manjunath joining our team we were unable to integrate dental health into our holistic health care model as seamlessly as we do now.


"He and our entire dental team have worked tirelessly with our clients to create positive change in their lives," says Dania.


Wuchopperen provides a wide variety of dental services including information sessions on preventative practices to keep teeth healthy.


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