Alison graduated as a dental hygienist in 1990, after studying at Gilles Plains TAFE and worked for many years in a general dental practice in Glenelg, SA. When she commenced there, the dentists had recently begun visiting aged care facilities to treat residents, and shortly afterwards, when SA legislation changed, Alison also started to visit the facilities to treat residents and promote good oral health through staff training.
Alison became involved in the Executive Committee of DHAA SA Branch in 2009 (after a short stint in 2000), where she has held several Executive positions, including President and Vice President, and mentored incoming Committee members.
In 2004, Alison undertook the Local Anaesthesia for dental hygienists program at the University of Adelaide. She has also completed Cert IV in Training and Assessment, and Diploma of Training and Education.
Alison started clinical tutoring in the BOH program at the University of Adelaide in 2004, and has tutored both BOH and BDS students of varying year levels. She also tutored at TAFESA Gilles Plains, and commenced lecturing there in 2009. Currently she is both lecturer and coordinator in the Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene) program, and is highly motivated to provide relevant and current teaching methods to engage students.
Alison became involved in the Executive Committee of DHAA SA Branch in 2009 (after a short stint in 2000), where she has held several Executive positions, including President and Vice President, and mentored incoming Committee members. She has recently joined the Restructure Taskforce group and is utilising skills and knowledge she gained during South Australia Branch’s wind down process. Alison is always happy to receive feedback from DHAA members, and believes that an effective Board should be driven by what the members see as important.