[two_fifth] [responsive]DHAA WA Director Rhonda Kremmer[/responsive] [/two_fifth] [three_fifth_last] Rhonda trained in the first year of Dental Therapy in Victoria. They were pioneers working in new dental vans/clinics at primary schools where the caries rate was high. Fluoride was only introduced into the Melbourne water supply in 1977, the year they graduated. Children often required eight fillings or more and extractions of six year old molars. In 1999 a bridging course was offered at Melbourne University for the first time (pioneering again). A diploma offered Dental Therapists training as Oral Health Therapists (Hygiene) and Rhonda undertook the year intensive study. Rhonda became passionate about periodontal disease and addressed the need to educate and treat predominately adults with this condition. She has worked with periodontists and the experience has aided her clinical expertise. Currently Rhonda works part time in a private dental practice in Subiaco.

She (Rhonda) has a keen interest in our profession and have been actively involved in lobbying for hygienists’ to address aged care oral health and hopefully other disadvantaged communities.

Rhonda has held executive positions on dental hygiene committees for over fourteen years including being a past president in Victoria and National Councillor in two states. She has a keen interest in our profession and have been actively involved in lobbying for hygienists’ to address aged care oral health and hopefully other disadvantaged communities. Rhonda enjoys participating in a team environment and appreciates the privilege of representing our members at national level where we can make a difference. She finds mentoring the newly graduated hygienists on our committee rewarding and benefits herself from their keen assistance.

With three adult children not living close by (and two delightful grandsons who live in South Africa) Rhonda has time to give back to the profession so long as she can fit a couple of games of golf in per week!

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