Oral Health—Dental at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Contact details

  • Phone: (02) 9845 2582
  • Fax: (02) 9845 2566
  • Email: schn-chw-dentalservices@health.nsw.gov.au
  • Location: The Children's Hospital at Westmead, corner of Hainsworth and Hawkesbury Road. Access to the department is on level 2 (entry-level)

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Oral Health service provides specialist and emergency children’s dental services for eligible patients, as well as an inpatient consultative service.  

We treat children who:

  • have special needs, including children with medical conditions, syndromes, social or environmental deprivation/dislocation.
  • have oro-facial anomalies or syndromes, including facial clefts, growth anomalies of teeth and associated structures.
  • require specialist dental care under sedation or general anaesthesia emergency management of oro-facial trauma.

The Department operates as a hospital-based service to provide dental and surgical services to the emergency departments, inpatient units and speciality outpatient clinics. Registrars from the Westmead Centre for Oral Health (Westmead Dental Hospital) provide after-hours cover for our service.

Recent articles

Resources for parents

Resources for children

See the photos of a visit to the hospital dentist. This can also be used to support children with autism or learning difficulties.

Watch the Growing healthy teeth video.

Meet our friendly staff

A/Prof Richard Widmer (Head of Department)

Associate Professor Richard Widmer received his Master's Degree in Paediatric Dentistry from the University of Melbourne. The majority of his paediatric clinical practice over the last 40 years has been at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health and The Children's Hospital at Westmead. He holds the position of Associate Clinical Professor in Paediatric Dentistry, The University of Sydney, and Head of the Dental Department at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

He is an active clinician and lecturer, presenting to students and graduates in all branches of the Health Sciences, both locally and internationally.

Over the years he has held a number of positions within his speciality including, the Presidency of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry, the Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry. A/Prof Widmer co-edited the Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry.

Richard’s clinical work is all about making the dental visit one to remember, from the first visit of a child and family to the sensible decisions on the need for work for many others.

Dr Diane Tay, Visiting Specialist Paediatric Dentist

Dr Diane Tay is a registered specialist paediatric dentist. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) and after several years of working in both the private and public sectors in Sydney, Diane went on to pursue her passion in paediatric dentistry, successfully attaining a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry (paediatric dentistry) from The University of Sydney in 2013. Her research thesis was based on frenotomies and its effectiveness on infants with tongue-ties and feeding difficulties. She has also completed a diploma in child health in addition to her specialist paediatric training.

Diane works as a specialist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead where she thoroughly enjoys managing a range of cases in which her main clinical interests lie; the management of special needs and medically complex children, paediatric oral medicine and pathology and dental trauma. Diane is actively committed to continuing education and teaching, maintaining her role as a clinical associate lecturer with The University of Sydney and lectures to both her medical and dental colleagues. She is also presently supervising several student research projects. In addition, Diane also works in private practice in Parramatta and St Peters.

Originally from Singapore, Diane always enjoys dining with family and friends. She has 2 beautiful children who constantly remind her of ‘what is important in life’.

Dr Winey WAN. BOH (USYD), BDSc (CSU)

Winey’s experience of working with children started 12 years ago as an Oral Health Therapist ( OHT ). Following several fun years as an OHT and getting a broad clinical experience, Winey decided to undertake a dental degree.

As a dentist, Winey still enjoys working with children, however, she is now enjoying helping children and families in a significantly broader context. Her particular interest lies in helping children and their families to building confidence in the dental setting and assisting them on their journey in achieving good oral health. During a busy clinical day, Winey can find herself not only taking a well but anxious child through their dental visit but also seeing children/families with complex co-morbidities and managing their health / oral health issues.

Winey is a popular and friendly member of the Dental Team and building a relationship with the children who seek dental care is her priority.

Dr Melissa Warren, Visiting Specialist Paediatric Dentist

Melissa is a registered specialist in Paediatric Dentistry, having obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours, from the University of Sydney.

During her training, Melissa received the prestigious Sydney Scholarship from the University of Sydney for the duration of her degree. She was also awarded the W Alan Grainger Memorial Prize and HJV Cusack Memorial Prize for clinical proficiency during her Bachelor of Dental Surgery, and the Dentsply Prize for Postgraduate Research­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ during her Clinical Doctorate in Paediatric Dentistry.

As a Staff Specialist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Melissa is involved in the multi-disciplinary management of children with complex medical needs. Her interests are in public health, dental trauma, dentistry for children with additional needs, and behaviour management for anxious children.

Melissa is an associate lecturer at both The University of Sydney and The University of New South Wales, where she is involved in the teaching of dental and medical students, and postgraduate doctors in the Sydney Child Health Program.

Melissa volunteers her time both at home and abroad, with organisations such as the Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia, Special Olympics Australia and Lifeline. As a mother of three young children, Melissa understands the importance of being involved in and giving back to her local community.

Dr Sally Hibbert, Specialist Paediatric Dentist

Sally Hibbert graduated from the University of Liverpool Dental School in 1986.  She completed her Specialist Training and Masters research at the same institution and was awarded her MPhil for a study into the inheritance of cleft lip and palate. 

After moving to Sydney in 2002 Sally was appointed as a Staff Specialist at Westmead Centre for Oral Health and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. 

She has many years of experience caring for children with special needs, chronic medical and craniofacial conditions. Sally also runs the Dental Transition Clinic, helping young adults and their carers adjust in their move from Paediatric Services. 

Private patients

Training for health professionals

The NSW Health Early Childhood Dental Oral Health program is an online course that leads the health professional through early identification and prevention of dental disease.

It provides 1 CPD point.