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 the DHAA NSW State Chair, Jacquie Biggar.
- Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist/OHT?
I fell into the dental industry because I wanted a job closer to home - I started as a receptionist then was offered a traineeship in Dental Assisting. I decided to become a Dental Hygienist after completing my Certificate III, because I always remember thinking ‘I can do that’ when assisting the Dentist with scale and cleans.
What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training?
Biology, the body is fascinating.
- What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
Challenging patients. Whether its small children, or adults with a ‘sour taste’ in their mouth. I love installing confidence in people about the dentist and dental visits.
- Tell us about your current role with the DHAA, and why you decided to get involved.
I was asked to become involved after graduating from ADOH in Adelaide by one of my educators, Alison Taylor. Starting off as Vice President then President of SA, I learnt very quickly how SA ran their Association.
I’m now the chair of NSW and proud to say it! NSW has an awesome committee that is motivated and fun to volunteer with. Moving states, it was a great way to network and get to know people in the industry.
Who is the person that most influenced you, and how?
Two people. Alison Taylor and Dr John Berketa.
Alison Taylor is my numero uno. She pushed me to get me where I am today. She believed I could things that I never thought I could, in study, in life, and with the DHAA. She felt like a security blanket that would catch me if I failed. She is now a good friend and I still text and email her asking stupid questions and for advice. I trust her like my mum.
And the second is Dr John Berketa, one of Adelaide’s best! This man got me pumped about Dentistry. He always used to wonder why his dental nurses would always leave him and go on to study Dentistry or Oral Health… hehe. Now he knows! He was so inspiring and influential. He is the most humble man on earth and doesn’t even know it.
- What are you currently reading?
The Australian Dental Journal... durr!
Where do you go to escape?
The beach. I have been lucky enough to live in Bondi Beach and Manly for the last three years, the ocean is my happy place. If Australian beaches wont suffice, Indonesia’s my next port of call.
Keep an eye out for next time, when we will get to know another proud DHAA volunteer work-force.