The North Metropolitan TAFE in Australia has opened a new dental training facility. Over 26 million Australian dollars has been invested to provide modern laboratories, digital technologies and state-of-the-art equipment at the Leederville site. The threefold increase in capacity will allow TAFE to train significantly more professionals to meet the growing demand in the dental field. Government funding will also enable the acquisition of state-of-the-art technologies such as 3D printers.
Training Minister Simone McGurk spoke positively about the new facility, emphasizing the growing role of digital technologies in dental education. The center is expected to not only improve access to training, but also increase the number of graduates who can go directly into the workforce.
In recent years, the demand for qualified dental staff in Western Australia has increased significantly. This is reflected in the numbers at NM TAFE, where enrollment in dental training courses has increased by 26 percent since 2019.
The facility has state-of-the-art equipment, including purpose-built dental suites, laboratories, digital technology facilities and even a 3D printer. This allows students to gain hands-on experience in 3D scanning and printing to meet the growing demands of the dental industry.
In total, the state government has allocated $25 million for new equipment at WA TAFEs. For NM TAFE, this includes investment in radiography equipment, CAD software licenses, scanners, 3D printers and other technological equipment.
The building’s design was developed by Carvalho Design Solutions architects in collaboration with A-dec, a leading dental equipment manufacturer. It reflects the latest technological and design trends in the dental industry.