Dr Hawthorne developed an interest in a career as an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon whilst working in the remote communities in the Gulf of Carpentaria. After these two years’ experience as a remote general dentist, Matthew commenced training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital prior to completing his Medical degree at the University of Tasmania. Dr Hawthorne then returned to his home town of Brisbane for his residency at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and in the subsequent year, he was offered the position of General Surgical PHO and Oral and Maxillofacial Registrar at the Ipswich Hospital.
After this extensive general medical experience, Dr Hawthorne began his Advanced Surgical Training in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery working at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Princess Alexandra, and the Mater Hospitals. On obtaining his specialist qualifications in 2006, Dr Hawthorne accepted an appointment through the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital as a Visiting Medical Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is now based at Logan Hospital.