The Australian Dental Health Foundation (ADHF) and Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) have awarded three study grants to support Indigenous undergraduate dental hygienist and Indigenous oral health therapy students in their studies.
Now in its seventh year, this year’s successful study grant recipients will receive $5000 each plus mentoring services by DHAA, with each grant offering funding that may be used to cover costs of dental equipment, textbooks and financially support students while they are on placements or living away from home.
The successful students for 2020 are:
- Taneecia Walker, University of Sydney
- Kellie Gleeson, University of Newcastle
- Jasmine Miller, University of Melbourne
“All of our successful recipients are passionate about enhancing the oral health of the Indigenous and wider community,” ADHF chairman Dr Rick Olive said.
“The Foundation hopes that the grants will provide recipients with valuable assistance to help them complete their courses so they can embark on delivering care which reduces the inequality that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
“We know that the delivery of dental care to Indigenous Australians is enhanced if that care is provided by a professionally qualified Indigenous practitioner.”
DHAA CEO Bill Suen added: “The DHAA is proud to be able to help fund study grants and mentoring support to these undergraduate students during their university journey.
“It is very important to have close linkage between the university and the profession. The DHAA mentoring will provide the link to support the recipients in developing their leadership skills in preparation for their entry to the oral health workforce. I look forward to getting to know them better through this part of the award.”