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