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 patient-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.


John Curtin


Mr John Curtin has practiced Oral Surgery in the Essendon area since graduating from Melbourne University in 1971 and opened the Essendon Day Procedure Centre in 1998.  On the 4th February 2016 John retired from Clinical Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery practice.  His succession arrangements have been in place for some time, with Graeme Wright, together with Arun Chandu and Kush Patel. All the Surgeons are qualified with a dental degree, a medical degree, the Special Stream Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and all have done further training in the United Kingdom.  John’s branch practice in Kew, will continue with Graeme Wright consulting and operating. We would like to take this opportunity to thank John for his commitment, support, dedication and specialist care over many years.  We congratulate him on his retirement and wish him health and happiness for the many years ahead.


A/Prof. Arun Chandu

A/Prof. Arun Chandu BDSc, MBBS (Hons), MDSc, PhD(Melb), MPHA, 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.



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 2016 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 2016

There were

no post operative infections recorded

no 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

3 delays in patient discharge, 1x waiting for carer transport, 2 x post op nausea and vomiting

no 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 2016

The Benchmark in Australia in 2015 is greater than 83% compliance with the 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene Australia http://www.hha.org.au/home/5-moments-for-hand-hygiene.aspx

(2016 national figures not available at this time)

At the Essendon Day Procedure Centre we have achieved a in excess of this requirement. Our compliance rate is 95%

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 2017

On the 5th February 2016 the EDPC was independently audited against the NSQHS Standard and ISO 9001:2008 series by Global Mark. The results were once again very pleasing. The EDPC achieved a MET with Merit for 11 action items and have achieved Satisfactorily Met for all applicable core and developmental action items. The auditors went on to comment that these results were very impressive for a facility of our size.

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 2016, 200 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:

– contract with Infection Prevention Australia (IPA) to provide auditing, benchmarking, staff training, policy review and on call support

– 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.

– Hand Hygiene Australia (HHA)- 5 Moments Hand Hygiene annual certification achieved by staff and doctors

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


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.