Dr Erica Yates

BDSc, GDipBus, MPH

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Dentistry (Restorative Dentistry)
Building 1006 Room 250

Since graduating from the School of Dentistry at UWA, Erica has practiced dentistry across public and private sectors, both in metropolitan and rural settings.

She has also worked in four countries, five dental schools plus one Dental Hygiene and Therapy department.

Whilst coordinating preclinical Operative Dentistry at UWA, Erica sought ways to enrich training in this phase and became an early adopter of haptic technology for development of manual clinical skills by dental students (Simodonts, Moog).

She is a founding member of a national and international group whose aim is to develop the breadth and depth of the training opportunities with such haptic software.

Through her Public Health training, Erica has acquired the knowledge and skills to view dentistry from both a community and individual perspective. She therefore continues to enjoy the role of an educator and researcher in her field of Dentistry.

  • DOH243 Foundations of Restorative Dentistry
  • DOH124 Foundations of Dental Clinical Practice
  • DOH331 Dental Clinical Practice 3A
  • DOH332 Dental Clinical Practice 3B
  • DOH401 Dental Clinical Practice
  • DOH402 Dental Clinical Practice

Public Health

  • Practice profile of dental training institutions
  • Practice profile of dental students
  • Demographics of patients who attend dental training institutions

Education and Training

  • Development of manual dexterity in Dental students
  • Influences upon development of manual dexterity of dental students
  • Use of haptic technology in the development of manual dexterity of dental students
  • Assessing development of clinical skills

Current Grants

Dr Erica Yates, Dr Sobia Zafar, Professor Camile Farah 2016, 'An assessment of the transfer of dental students' skills from the haptic to conventional simulation learning environments', WA Department of Health.


  • Australian Dental Association
  • International Association for Dental Research

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