Dr Victoria Mellish BDS MJDF (RCS Eng) PGCertHBE, is the appointed Head of Oral Surgery at James Cook University.
Since working at James Cook University she has created a specialised oral surgery curriculum, whilst also setting up an Oral Surgery Specialty clinic. Dr Mellish lectures and examines dentistry undergraduates in the clinical years 3, 4 and 5, along with the post-graduate students on the James Cook University Implantology Diploma. In 2018 she led a local anaesthesia clinical day for dentistry undergraduates, involving didactic lectures, practicals on phantom heads in the James Cook University Simulation Lab and practicals in the JCU Dental clinic.
Dr Mellish is a registered dentist in Australia and the UK, with ten years experience of performing clinical dentistry and teaching. Whilst working in general dental practice she mentored vocational dental trainees and provided CPD for fellow dentists, dental hygienists and dental nurses. In the hospital environment, Dr Mellish became involved in training oral and maxillofacial surgery senior house officers and then moved on to teaching clinical and theoretical oral surgery to dentistry undergraduates at King’s College London University.
After having graduated with Bachelor of Dental Surgery in the UK, she has also become a Member of the Joint Dental Faculties within the Royal College of Surgeons, England, and holds post-graduate qualifications in healthcare and biomedical education. Dr Mellish worked in general dental practice under the NHS and privately, before moving into the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery. She has worked in numerous NHS Hospitals in and around London providing care under LA, sedation and GA. Dr Mellish is skilled at providing care for anxious and medically compromised patients, whilst performing either general dentistry or oral surgery procedures.