About Us

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

At the Essendon Day Procedure Centre (EDPC) we specialise in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

The EDPC Quality Policy is to provide the best possible oral and maxillofacial day surgery services and care appropriate to the facility. All care is provided in an ethical and professional manner by highly skilled and credentialed staff and Visiting Medical Officers’. At the EDPC the emphasis is on person-centred care where the patient’s individual needs determine their care plan, where risk is managed and minimised to ensure the best care and outcomes for the patient, carer, customer, visitor, staff or stakeholder

Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons are surgical specialists who treat conditions, defects, injuries and aesthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaw and face.  Specifically we are involved in the removal of wisdom teeth, other teeth, implants for replacement teeth, pathology of the mouth including cysts, trauma to the jaw, including fractured jaws and cheekbones and orthognathic surgery for the correction of jaw discrepancies.


Graeme Wright

Mr. Graeme Wright MDSc, MBBS, BDS, FRACDS (OMS)

Mr. Graeme Wright graduated dentistry from the University of Sydney in 1998. After 4 years service to the Royal Australian Navy he moved to Melbourne to train as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon which he completed in 2000. Married to Vicki with 3 children who attend school in the local area. His practice is based in Moonee ponds and the western suburbs of Melbourne. He has interests in conservative Oral surgery, orthognathic surgery and implant surgery.


A/Prof. Arun Chandu

A/Prof. Arun Chandu MRSV, MPHA, BDSc, MBBS (Hons), MDSc, PhD(Melb), FICD, FDSRCS (Eng), FDSRCS(Ed), FRACD(OMS), FRCS(Eng).  Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, University of Melbourne

Brought up in Keilor East, Arun was educated at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. Arun has completed Medicine, Dentistry and a Masters of Dental Science from the University of Melbourne and holds Fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. He has had extensive training in Australia and the UK and completed a Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship and Oculoplastic Fellowship at St George’s Hospital, London in 2005. Arun is a specialist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon with an interest in removal of wisdom teeth, orthognathic surgery and salivary gland surgery. He is particularly interested in reconstruction of the jaws and teeth with bone grafts and dental implants. Arun is also Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Western Hospital and is a consultant surgeon to the Royal Melbourne and Royal Dental Hospitals.

Arun’s research Link  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=chandu+a


Mr Kush Patel   MDS (Otago), MBChB (Otago), FRACDS (OMS)

Kush gained his dental degree in 1997, before working for 2 years as a dental house surgeon in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was here and then in Cardiff, Wales, that he developed an interest in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery. Kush returned to Dunedin, New Zealand and gained his medical degree and Masters degree in 2007.

Kush completed his Oral and Maxillofacial surgical training in 2013 (FRACDS OMS), and has since completed a Fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne (2013) and also the “Gillies-Cairns” Trauma Fellowship at the Royal London Hospital in the (UK 2014/15).

Kush has worked extensively in a variety of hospitals in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia.

In his time off he enjoys playing tennis, snowboarding and keeping fit at the gym.


The Essendon Day Procedure Centre respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri People as the traditional owners and custodians of the lands on which Moonee Ponds is located. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country. We aim to respect the cultural, heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people past and present.


Essendon Day Procedure Centre Clinical Results

The Essendon Day Procedure Centre collects information on many safety and quality performance areas for patients having procedures under local anaesthetic with sedation.  Our results for January to December 2017 are summarised below.  Please feel free to add any suggestions or acknowledge these results by using the Contact Us tab and completing the Enquiry Form.

Clinical Indicator Results Jan- Dec 2018

There were

no post operative infections recorded

no return to theatre

no adverse drug reactions recorded

no unplanned or emergency transfers of patients

no incident recorded

no delay in patient discharge

no pre-operative cancellation

no falls


all patients had a pre-anaesthetic consultation

all medication allergies were identified

all patients had a medical consultation and consent completed prior to treatment


Hand Hygiene Results 2018

The Benchmark in Australia in 2018 is greater than 85.4% compliance with the 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene Australia http://www.hha.org.au/home/5-moments-for-hand-hygiene.aspx

At the Essendon Day Procedure Centre we have achieved in excess of the national average. compliance rate we are extremely proud of.  Please let us know if you would like any further information about our Hand Hygiene achievements.


 EDPC News Flash 2019                    

Essendon Day Procedure Centre (EDPC) is a standalone day procedure centre with 1 procedure room and 6 bed/recliners and is registered with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in Victoria.

On the 1st February 2019, the EDPC was independently audited against the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, Version 2, by Global Mark Pty. Ltd. We are extremely proud to report we are again the first healthcare facility in Australia to be awarded certification against the  standards. 

On the 30th January 2019 the EDPC was also audited against ISO 9001:2016 series by Global Mark.  Our organisation was rewarded certification against this internal standard for a further 3 years.

Infection Prevention

The Essendon Day Procedure Centre has maintained best practice in infection prevention since it opened in 1998.  Since this time, management and staff have continued to strive for the best healthcare outcomes for our patients.      

In 2018, 201 patients were admitted for procedures under sedation with local anaesthetic at the Essendon Day Procedure Centre.   During this period there were no reported cases of post-operative infection.

In 2018 the EDPC contracted Infection Prevention Australia, IPA to independently review the infection prevention management systems and processes.

IPA, principle consultant Michelle Bibby is a Registered Nurse with more than 20 years’ experience in the area of infection prevention and peri operative services. Over the past 12 months Michelle has completed a risk assessment based on the AS 4187:2014, reviewed hand hygiene compliance, staff health, provided aseptic education programs, reviewed environmental services including waste management and cleaning practices. The feedback and results continue to affirm the centre provides infection prevention practices to the highest standard.


Know your rights read the AUSTRALIAN CHARTER OF HEALTHCARE RIGHTS at www.safetyandquality.gov.au


The Essendon Day Procedure Centre is a member of the Australian Private Hospitals Association.  The facility has agreements with most major health funds and is a recognised Second Tier facility as listed  by the Australian Government- Department of Health.  



We hope that this information is of benefit and reassuring to you.  Please feel free to add a suggestion to any aspects of our care or service by completing the enquiry form on the Contact Us Page.