I was born in Goondiwindi and after losing my mother at a young age spent most of my life going from school to school and traveling back and fourth from Boggabilla to Brisbane. I only went to Yr 11 in school because I started working straight from high school and never even gave a second thought to having a higher education. Now, while working in the communities of Boggabilla and Toomelah where I spent most of my life, I can see the oral health service, which I’ve been a part of, has already made such a positive impact on so many people. Just seeing people who I have known to have no teeth or caries throughout their mouth for most of their life now with clean, healthy teeth - whether it's because of dentures or because they have changed their oral hygiene or got their cavities filled and received proper oral hygiene instructions to make their smiles beautiful - has really been awesome to experience. I remember day one in 2014, when myself and the team were unpacking brand new instruments for sterilisation on the floor, thinking I had no idea what they were used for.. Thinking back now on all that has been wonderful and a great change of work and life. To be given the opportunity to work for Armajun, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health in the Central Tablelands servicing Boggabilla, Toomelah, Mungindi, Moree and Inverell and to be a proud holder of the Poche Rotary Sydney University Scholarship for a Cert IV in Dental Assisting has given me the kick I needed to further my studies and I have already taken a few steps towards doing a Bachelor of Oral Health to become an Oral Health Therapist.
Certificate IV Dental Assisting, University of Sydney