Indigenous Health Scholarship 2018
Adelaide University, SA
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Scholarship Awarded 2018
Rotary Club of Murray Bridge & Coopers Foundation
How will I contribute to improving Indigenous health as a qualified medical practitioner or health worker?
I was absolutely thrilled to gain entry to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Adelaide as I had made the decision to pursue dentistry as a career about five years ago. A career as a dentist will provide me the opportunity to utilise my academic potential and also provide enhanced wellbeing outcomes for those I can assist. I have a very grounded, patient and calming personality and I am confident my demeanuor and ambition towards ‘getting it right’ will ensure I am an excellent dental practitioner. Having had personal experience with family members who are dentist phobic, I am especially concerned to provide a dental service that provides positive experiences and expectations rather than the reverse.
As an Indigenous Australian, I am always cognisant of our overall disadvantaged and the challenges in addressing social, economic, health and myriad other areas for improvement towards genuine equality within Australian society. I am personally committed to breaking through the perceived barriers and ensuring I am an excellent operator and role model for others and using my skills towards better health outcomes.
I keenly seek an opportunity to utilise my dental expertise in remote and regional areas to best advantage Indigenous Australians as well as the general non-urban community. For the past five years I have lived within a low socio-economic township and I am acutely aware of the overall reduced service availability and access to health professionals in regional areas. Indeed, I would also seize the opportunity to work in my home town if available.