Indigenous Health Scholarship 2022
University of Adelaide, SA
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Scholarship Awarded 2022
How will I contribute to improving Indigenous health as a qualified medical practitioner or health worker?
I have chosen to study dentistry as I have a great interest n oral health care. I have always really enjoyed going to the dentist since I was young, and have been fortunate enough to benefit from visiting the dentist regularly. I have also chosen to study dentistry as one day I would really like to be able to give people the gift of smiling. Many people struggle with their self-esteem from the appearance of their teeth; therefore, I would like to boost peoples self-esteem to enjoy smiling by becoming an orthodontist after completing my current degree in dentistry. I also hope to be able to encourage will people to visiting the dentist nby increasing oral health knowledge and raining awareness of available pathways to dental care for Aboriginal people.
I hope by completing my degree in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery that I would be able to provide better access to oral health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be able to better bridge the health gap in our communities. Furthermore, I hope to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to visit oral health facilities by promoting and education communities about the importance of oral health. Additionally, I would like to utilise my qualifications and skills to support Aboriginal individuals and communities to overcome the fear and anxiety associated with visiting the dentist by promoting a friendly and welcoming environment for all patients.