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 Cathryn Carboon, the DHAA representative at SARRAH events.
- Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist/OHT?
When I was a child I thought the dental nurse at our family dental practice was wonderful, she reminded me of Snow White.
I later did Year 10 work experience at the same dental practice and really loved the science and biology behind dentistry. I then became a dental assistant and was fascinated by how you could prevent dental disease and this led me to a career as a dental hygienist.
- What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training?
Preventive Dentistry, so much so that I received the Oral B Foundation Preventive Dentistry Award upon graduation.
- What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
I still love the science behind dentistry and understanding what makes products work. I love balancing clinical care with presenting oral health modules across five Universities, as each element of my work complements the other. I also enjoy planning oral health promotion projects which help children and their families engage in learning about oral health.
- Tell us about your current role with the DHAA, and why you decided to get involved.
I first got involved in the DHAA in 1988 as a dental hygiene student and I’ve been involved ever since.
As a new graduate I was always very inspired and motivated by the leaders of the DHAA and their vision for our profession. Currently I’m the chair of the Rural & Remote Health Special Interest Group. I represent the DHAA at SARRAH (Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health) events.
Having grown up on a farm in the Riverina, NSW and practicing in a rural location for over 18 years, I help provide a voice for rural professionals, expressing the challenges and rewards of working in the country and advocating for better health outcomes for rural communities.
- Who is the person that most influenced you, and how?
Sophie Karanicholas was my greatest influence at Gilles Plains TAFE in Adelaide, where I studied to become a dental hygienist. Sophie greatly shaped my perception of what a dental hygienist could achieve. My father has been my greatest influence in my personal life.
- What are you currently reading?
Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery written by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly.
- Where do you go to escape?
Anywhere you can enjoy a Gin & Tonic! I’m thinking of starting up a DHAA special interest group of HyGINists – for gin loving dental hygienists – who love the history and botanicals behind a great bottle of GIN.
Keep an eye out for next time, when we will get to know another proud DHAA volunteer workforce.