Find out more about the people making the decisions and calling the shots in the DHAA.
Every fortnight we ask various movers and shakers, in the association, a set of questions. This week we catch up with Josh Galpin, who is the IT Liaison Officer of the DHAA.
- Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist/OHT?
Well, it all started in primary school; by 10 years of age, my Dental Therapist had completed four quadrants of dentistry under LA & I thought it was fantastic! You got time off of class, stickers and once the four quadrants were finished, a plaster dinosaur; I had a huge longing to press the buttons on the dental chair.
Being a high-risk teenager, you could schedule your appointments for just after lunch; this meant an early minute off school; I loved going to the SADS clinic, the working atmosphere and the team there were really enjoyable; it was this point of time that really made me want to enter the dental world.
- What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training?
I must say that the whole experience was enjoyable. However, my favourite subject was dental health sciences – the stream helped put all of the concepts together and assisted in practically applying knowledge to practice. Other stand-out learning experiences were country placement working both on therapy/hygiene patients, human biology learning labs and cariology.
- What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
The patients. I have developed some really quite close working relationships over the years, particularly with some clinically challenging patients in terms of stabilising disease processes in their mouths. The other aspect I love is imparting knowledge onto people. I think this is what has led me on to education, the thing I most love to see is watching our students grow into industry ready professionals, meeting up with them as post-graduates and hearing how they’re going.
- Tell us about your current role with the DHAA, and why you decided to get involved.
It started with a champagne breakfast AGM. After a couple of champagnes, Kyla Burman and I decided to join the DHAA Inc. (SA Branch) executive. Originally starting as secretary our executive saw the importance of growing our membership, yet websites were quite difficult at this time. We decided to learn and build our own website, and this grew very rapidly. Within 24 months, we worked on the national platform and things grew from there. My recommendation is to any of you considering a volunteering role that it’s a great way of building networks and developing some really deep friendships within the organisation.
- Who is the person that most influenced you, and how?
There are so many influencers who have helped me in so many ways:
- The academic teams at the University of Adelaide & TAFE SA. Each staff member played such an pivotal role in developing me as a professional. Their advice, guidance and support has been ongoing post-graduation. They have helped both as a clinician and educator.
- As a new graduate, there were quite a few American dental hygienists I followed. There were some great PD courses in Las Vegas in advanced instrumentation techniques that I still use to this day.
- The DHAA executives, both past executives and the current national committees. There are amazing people who are full of advice, wisdom and learning experiences that have always been influential in the decisions of the organisation. I really have developed a deep respect for the both present and past presidents, treasurers, administrators and CEO with all the hard work they do behind the scenes.
- My own wife. As an OHT herself, she’s been a great sound board and my voice of reason over the years.
- My current working team. Although they don’t know it, at times, they push me out of my comfort zone to achieve new milestones and accomplishments. They’re a fantastic, positive group of people to work with.
- Numerous CPD speakers, specialists and oral health influencers. Each of them bringing their own paradigm that I can’t wait to implement into practice.
- In other words, I can be easily influenced...
- What are you currently reading?
At the moment paediatric I am reading dental journals – working to develop a very applied paediatric dental subject with our students.
- Where do you go to escape?
As you’ve probably noticed, most of my life is involved indoors or behind a screen. However, I also love to get out into nature, I love bike riding, 4WD driving and camping trips with family.
Keep an eye out for next time, when we will get to know another proud DHAA volunteer workforce.