About Us

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

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

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.


John Curtin


Mr. John Curtin has practiced Oral Surgery in the Essendon area since graduating from Melbourne University in 1971. Following completion of his specialist training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1982 he set up his specialist practice in Moonee Ponds. He has interests in implant surgery and general oral surgery. He has appointments at most hospitals in the area and he also consults in Balwyn.


A/Prof. Arun Chandu

A/Prof. Arun Chandu BDSc, MBBS (Hons), MDSc, FDSRCS (Eng), FRACDS (OMS), FICD

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 IMG_6305  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.



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 2014 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 2014

There were

no post operative infections recorded

2 return to theatre to review bleeding, both patients were discharged a short time later

no adverse drug reactions recorded

no unplanned or emergency transfers of patients

no incidents recorded

2 delays in patient discharge, waiting for carer transport

1 pre-operative cancellation, patient elected to reschedule surgery date

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 2014

The Benchmark in Australia is greater than 70% 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 this requirement.

A statistic we are extremely proud of.

Please let us know if you would like any further information about our Hand Hygiene achievements.


EDPC News Flash 2015

Infection Prevention Risk Management

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 2014, 210 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. A result we are again very proud of. 


 Management would like to share some of the following strategies which we believe have minimised patient infection risks at our centre:

– all staff are experienced and qualified healthcare professionals

– all policies and procedures relating to infection prevention are reviewed according to updates and changes to Australian Standards.

– introduction of Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA)- 5 Moments Hand Hygiene certification in 2013

– annual competency training of staff in Aseptic Non Touch Technique, scrubbing, gowning and gloving techniques

– 300 moments of HHA auditing of nurses, surgeons and anaesthetists per year

– access to alcohol based hand rubs in the waiting room and all treatment areas

– introduction of antimicrobial stewardship program which monitors the use of antibiotic therapies and arranges activities to increase doctor, staff, patient and carer awareness of appropriate antibiotic use.

– external and internal education and training on infection prevention, cleaning, disinfection, sterilising and packaging of reusable equipment

– use of single use items including suction catheters

– ongoing use of external infection prevention consultant service including access to microbiologist

– communicable disease brochures displayed in waiting area.

– review of post operative instructions and discharge pack.

– annual flu vaccine taken up by all staff, surgeons and anaesthetists

– regular calibration, maintenance and replacement of critical equipment as per Australian Standards

– independent auditing by Department of Health, Infection control consultants and accrediting bodies

– ongoing audit of cleaning schedules

– patient disclosure of infection status

– development and access to training tools on infection prevention

– review of traffic flow between sterilising and theatre area.

– access to appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) i.e. gloves, masks and gowns in various sizes

– appropriate disposal and destruction of clinical and non-clinical waste

 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.