I have chosen to dedicate my professional career and consequently a large portion of my life to improving health outcomes for the people of my community. Thus far, I have completed a Bachelor of Nursing and a Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing with Distinction. Prior to commencing the Doctor of Dental Medicine program with the University of Western Australia, I worked in a large public intensive care unit, nursing a variety of critically unwell patients. My collective experiences as a student and nurse have cultivated a passion for the fundamentals of basic healthcare, which strangely enough led to my interest in dentistry.
In terms of Indigenous health, the overall health inequalities experienced by Indigenous Australians is well known and well documented. Yet we continue to see this formidable gap in life expectancy, mortality and access to healthcare. In my mind dentistry is the way of the future for public health and we need more Indigenous dental practitioners in the field, as we are underrepresented.
I aim to complete my degree with honours and go on to make a positive impact on Indigenous health throughout my career in dentistry. I will strive to educate the community about healthy living and disease prevention whilst offering services that are accessible and affordable to all. For me the ultimate goal is to empower my patients with knowledge thereby fostering a sense of self-determination and confidence. Finally, as a proud and ambitious and ambitious Wurundjeri woman I will continually endeavour to be a role model for my community and show young Indigenous people that regardless of colour, creed or race you really can achieve anything.