Heads of Schools and Deans

Professor Andrew Flatau

BDS(Hons), BA(Hons), PhD

Dean of the Centre for Rural Dentistry and Oral Health
Building 1006 Room 257

Professor Andrew Flatau is the Head of School of the School of Dentistry and Health Sciences at Charles Sturt University and took up his appointment on 14 April, 2020.

Professor Flatau graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours and the University Medal in both Dentistry (1982) and Arts (1988), and was awarded his PhD in 2001 for a thesis entitled 'The anatomy of the infratemporal fossa: dissections and historical representations'.

Before commencing his original appointment as Associate Professor in Clinical Dentistry at Charles Sturt University in 2011, Professor Flatau had a long academic association with the University of Sydney, where he was involved in the teaching of Prosthodontics, Restorative Dentistry, Anatomy and Histology. In 1988 he also taught Dental Anatomy and Oral Physiology and supervised the Oro-facial Pain Clinic at the University of Iceland.

Throughout his academic and professional life, Professor Flatau has maintained a strong connection with the cultural life of his various communities, and has maintained a commitment to continued professional development and clinical practice as a part-time dentist.

Apart from publications on descriptive anatomy, including co-authored textbook chapters on the anatomy of the temporomandibular joint and the salivary glands, Professor Flatau has an ongoing research interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL), including the integration of models of reflective and inter-professional practice, the development of competency frameworks and the quality assurance of the work-readiness of new graduates. He has published a series of papers in 2017-2018 on aspects of dental education in the European Journal of Dental Education and is working on strategies to manage an already crowded curriculum in an ever-changing world.

Professor Flatau has taught every dental student who has graduated with a BDSc degree from Charles Sturt University. He has undertaken a wide range of teaching and coordination roles during this time, but currently he is the Dentistry Discipline Lead and Year 5 Coordinator.

Throughout his academic and professional life, however, Professor Flatau has maintained a strong connection with the cultural life of his communities – as an Art writer/curator/speaker and he has many publications and exhibition credits in support of regional artists and organizations.

Professional Memberships:

  • Member of the Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch, Western Division)
  • Member of the International Association of Dental Research.
  • Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.
  • Fellow of the International College of Dentists

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Apart from many conference papers, presenting research on clinical anatomy, which have been published in abstract form, A/Prof Andrew Flatau has been co-author of two textbook chapters:

  • Hawthorn R, Flatau AT. Temporomandibular Joint Anatomy. In: Norman JE deB, Bramley P eds., 'A Textbook and Colour Atlas of the Temporomandibular Joint'. London: Wolfe Medical Publications, 1990: 1-25.
  • Flatau AT, Mills PR. Regional Anatomy. [The first section of Chapter 2: Anatomy and Physiology (pp. 13-57).] In: Norman JE de Burgh, McGurk M eds. 'Colour Atlas and Text of the Salivary Glands: Diseases, Disorders and Surgery'. London etc: Mosby-Wolfe, 1995: 13-39; references: 55-56.

Recent publications

  • Hyde S, Flatau A, Wilson D.
    Integrating threshold concepts with reflective practice: discussing a theory-based approach for curriculum refinement in dental education. Eur J Dent Educ 2018 (in Early View). Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/eje.12380
  • Flatau A.
    Jaw muscle attachments to the temporomandibular joint: Some anatomical and pathophysiological considerations. In Murray G ed., Oral Rehabilitation Symposium. The University of Sydney, 2018: 95-101. Also published as a chapter in an e-Book:
  • Flatau A.
    Jaw muscle attachments to the temporomandibular joint: Some anatomical and pathophysiological considerations. Chapter 16 in: Proceedings of the Oral Rehabilitation Symposium (June 2018, University of Sydney). Lucerne: Foundation for Oral Rehabilitation (FOR), 2018.
    Available at: www.for.org/en/learn/elibrary/proceedings-2018-oral-rehabilitation-symposium
  • Flatau A.A discussion of qualification frameworks, work-readiness and dental education in Australia. Eur J Dent Educ 2018 (in Early View). First published 23 May 2018. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/eje.12363
  • Hassan NMM, Akhter R, Al-Aubaidy, Flatau AT.Undergraduate dental students’ perceptions of head and neck anatomy teaching in Australia. Eur J Dent Educ 2018 (in Early View) First published: 1 November 2017. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/eje.12299

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