Dr Arosha Weerakoon is a dentist and Senior Lecturer who holds a PhD (2023) from the School of Dentistry, University of Queensland (UQ). She graduated from UQ in 2003 with a BDSc (Hons) and commenced employment with Queensland Health before moving to private dental practice where she currently works in her own practice. In 2007, she completed her fellowship exams with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, and in 2014 Arosha graduated with a Masters in Public Health. Arosha holds honourary fellowships with The Pierre Fouchard Academy and The International College of Dentists.
Her Master’s thesis explored the experiences of patients, dental practitioners, and general medical practitioners experiences related to the now-defunct Chronic Disease Dental Scheme. Arosha completed her Ph.D. in 2023, her thesis title is, 'Dentine, Adhesives and Physiological Ageing'. Her research focuses on the effect of patient age, tooth depth, and site on changes to dentine collagen and mineral, and how these changes affect the bond to different white adhesive restorative materials.
In 2002, Arosha was awarded the Pierre Fouchard Academy’s Undergraduate Award of Merit and won the Australia-New Zealand International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Colgate Pre-doctoral research award. She was a finalist at the 2003 International Association for Dental Research’s Hatton Pre-Doctoral Research Competition. In 2015, Arosha was nominated to compete in the Emerging Young Lecturer’s Award Competition at the Australian Dental Association National Congress and placed second in the 2018 3MT competition held in IADR London, UK. IN 2019, Arosha was awarded the top prize, The Vice Chancellor’s Award, for her research pitch titled: "It’s about bonding with fillings", hosted by Universities Australia, the peak body that represents Australia’s Universities. As part of her prize, Arosha completed an internship with The Conversation (TC) and is now a regular contributor. She was also a successful recipient of the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant. Her research presentation at the 2019 Light Microscopy Australia Conference won the ‘Best Oral Presentation Award’. Arosha has co-lectured with Professor Ian Meyers at Australian Dental Association (QLD) workshops related to restorative dentistry. Arosha has been a speaker at local, national, and international conferences and has published her research in several journals. Arosha holds honourary Fellowships with the Pierre Fouchard Academy and the International College of Dentists.
Colgate Palmolive Australia Advocate for Oral Health.
Australian Dental Association QLD and Bank of Queensland Specialist Dental Excellence Bursary.
Winner of Vice Chancellor’s Award for the Pitch It Clever competition hosted by Universities Australia.
Winner of The Lord Mayor’s Convention Trailblazer Grant
Winner of ‘Best Oral Presentation' Award at the Light Microscopy Australia Conference, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
2nd Place Three Minute Thesis Competition, International Association for Dental Research Conference, London, UK.
Finalist IADR/Unilever Hatton Pre-Doctoral Research Award 2003
Bede Hintz Endodontic Scholarship 2002 & 2003
Pierre Fouchard Academy Undergraduate Award of Merit for outstanding academic achievement 2002
Colgate Pre-doctoral Research Award 2002
Pierre Fouchard Academy, International College of Dentists