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Paediatric dentists

  • Director

    Dr Kerrod B Hallett



    Kerrod graduated from the University of Queensland with first class honours and after a period of private general dental practice, completed a Master of Dental Science (Paediatric Dentistry) in 1991.  

    Following teaching and research experience in the USA (Universities of Minnesota and Texas at San Antonio) and interstate (University of Melbourne and Royal Children's Hospital), he was appointed staff paediatric dentist at the Royal Children's Hospital, Brisbane in 1995.   He completed a Master of Public Health with a major in biostatistics in 1999.   In addition, he has held several other academic appointments including external examiner for the University of Western Australia and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and Associate Professor, Griffith University School of Dentistry and Oral Health.  

    He has been actively involved in continuing education programs within Queensland Health and has lectured nationally at ANZSPD and ADA conferences and internationally at paediatric dental congresses in Europe and the USA.   He was awarded the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation Scientific Award in 1999 for an oral presentation titled Early Childhood Caries and Infant Feeding Practice.   He has contributed to six textbooks on clinical paediatric dentistry and authored publications in the epidemiology of early childhood caries, management of children with special needs and clinical evaluation of dental materials.   His research interests include risk factors for early childhood caries, medically compromised children and the clinical application of antimicrobial agents to control dental caries in children.

    Kerrod is currently Director of Dentistry at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne.

    Director of Clinical Services

    Dentistry - Ramalingam Lochana

    Lochana Ramalingam

    BDS, Dip Clin Dent, MDSc, FRACDS


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    Lochana Ramalingam graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1997 with a BDS and began her Masters degree in Paediatric Dentistry in 1999 at the University of Melbourne.  She completed her course in 2001 and worked as the senior registrar at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne from 2002-2003.  She completed her FRACDS (general stream) in 2002 and her Australian Dental Council exam in 2003.  She worked as a paediatric dentist in Singapore before moving to Melbourne to work as a consultant paediatric dentist at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and part-time clinical demontrator at the University of Melbourne from 2005.  Lochana Ramalingam most recent qualification is her Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons special stream Fellowship in paediatric dentistry obtained in 2006.

    Special Interests

    Use of zoledronic acid in osteogenesis imperfecta


    • Adding Casein Phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate to sports drinks to eliminate in vitro erosion.  Pediatric Dentistry 2005: 27:61-67
    • Early Childhood caries: an update. Singapore Dental Journal, 2004, 26:1 21-9
    • Ramalingam L, Messer LB: Serial extraction revisited. Synopases (ANZSPD newsletter)
    • Ramalingam L, Messer LB: The effects of medication on oral health: Myths and realities. Synopses (ANZSPD) newsletter)
    • Chong SL,  Lam YK,  Lee FKF,  Ramalingam L, Yeo ACP,  Lim CC: Effect of various infection-control methods for light-cure units on the cure of composite resins. Operative Dent 1998, 23, 150-154.

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