FIJI National University Vice Chancellor Doctor Ganesh Chand welcomed the launch of the Bachelor of Oral Health program at the university's Pasifika campus in Suva last week.
Dr Chand said the program had been developed on the basis of the need that Fiji has as well as the Pacific region on oral health program.
"To establish that need, we needed to be in touch with the people and the industry," he said.
"To do the wide consultation that we engaged in surely is not an easy or cheap affair. We need resources and for that, resources were kindly provided by our partners at AusAID."
Dr Chand said the university was grateful for the assistance.
"We hope this program will be one of the numerous programs we have to ensure that the needs of the people of this country are taken care of.
"As time goes on, we will be developing more programs on the basis of needs, requirements and support from stakeholders.
"Last year we had established our own dental operation which now is providing a range of dental services."
A dental caravan was given to FNU's oral health department by the Rotary Club of Ballarat West, Australia which was initiated by Doctor David Goldsmith a Rotarian with the club.