Indigenous perspectives in online exhibition, Dentistry: Innovation and education

Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum & Medical History Museum

This exhibition celebrates the 135th Anniversary of the establishment of the Odontological Society of Victoria in 1884, which brought about the development of the first dental school in the State. The organization consisted of a group of trained dentists and was modelled on the Odontological Society of Great Britain, established in 1856. The Australian College of Dentistry established in 1897 and affiliated with the University of Melbourne in a process that formalised dental education and further legitimised dental practice and research.

Showcasing the development of dental practice, education and public health in Victoria through collections including the Henry Forman Atkinson Museum, Medical History Museum, Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch, Royal Dutch Dental Association and the University Museum Utrecht, The Netherlands.


For 65,000 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have occupied the lands, with distinct cultural boundaries defined by intimate relationships with Country. There are continuous traditions of healing practice and bush medicine. The Yolngu community has shared their traditions for this exhibition through contemporary art work

Mulkun Wirrpanda (b. 1946) language: Dhudi-Djapu
clan: Dhudi-Djapu / Dha-malamirr moiety: Dhuwa
artist location: Yirrkala, Northern Territory
Buṉdjuŋu, 2014
woodblock, edition 3/25
81.0 × 57.0 cm
MHM2017.39, Medical History Museum