Get To Know: Cathryn Carboon

Image of the DHAA representative at SARRAH events – Cathryn Carboon

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. What are you currently reading?
    Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery written by NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly.

  7. 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.