Announcing the DHAA Oral Health Awards 2019

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The DHAA will be recognising those oral health practitioners that are making a meaningful contribution to our profession with the annual DHAA Oral Health Awards.

Dental hygienists, oral health therapists and dental therapists share a focus on prevention, and collectively are known as oral health practitioners. 

The DHAA Oral Health Awards will be presented across five categories:

  • Community Service
  • Leadership
  • Excellence in Education
  • Commitment to Clinical Excellence
  • Service to the Association

Community Service
Do you know an oral health practitioner that has made a difference to their local community? Perhaps implemented a community oral health program or health promotion initiative? Contributed to the improved oral health of those in their community?

Do you know an oral health practitioner who is inspiring? Who has been a valuable mentor?

Excellence in Higher Education
Tomorrows oral health practitioners are shaped by their education, and the research that underpins it. This award is open to lecturers, clinical educators and placement supervisors who have provided a positive and enriching learning experience for oral health students.

Commitment to Clinical Excellence
Our professional identity is only as good as the quality of preventive care we provide to our patients. Perhaps you work with an oral health practitioner that goes above and beyond, or has developed patient initiative in your practice? Or has committed to professional development?

Service to the Association
To be nominated by the DHAA Board of Directors, for continued and significant contribution to the DHAA.

Nomination requirements
All nominees must be members of the DHAA. Nominations should be completed using the nomination form. Anyone may submit a nomination with the candidate's permission. Nominations must clearly document why the candidate should be considered, above all others, for these distinguished awards. All nominations must contain sufficient information to inform the selection process without additional research. It must include the details of a referee for the nominee from current or former colleagues, employers, editors, students or associates.

DHAA Oral Health Awards Nomination Form
Nominations can be made via email using this downloadable form.


Selection Process
All nominations received will be assessed by a panel with recommendations put to the DHAA Board of Directors for final approval. The panel will consist of three people, with at least one a current Director of the DHAA.

Award recipients are recognised annually at the DHAA National Symposium with a plaque, and acknowledged in the DHAA Bulletin.