Find out more about the people making the decisions and calling the shots in the DHAA.
The DHAA has a crack team of volunteers that keep the wheels of our association turning. This week we catch up with Michelle Kuss, who is the the new Treasurer of the DHAA.
- Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist/OHT?
I had no idea what I wanted to do on leaving school. I applied for uni but was uninspired and deferred an arts degree. My parents suggested I might like to get myself a job. A friends’ older sister was a dental hygienist and mentioned dental nursing. Why not? I applied for a local job and my destiny was set. After three years and the required night school courses I wondered what else might be out there. At the time I had been working with two amazing hygienists who encouraged me to apply to the Gilles Plains Certificate Course. I admired the way they worked independently with their own patients but in a team with our dentist and how they motivated and changed the health of their patients. I got in and have been in love ever since.
- What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training?
Goodness such a long time ago – I really loved and still do love hands-on clinic.
- What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
The privilege of having a one-on-one relationship with my patients.
- Tell us about your current role with the DHAA, and why you decided to get involved.
I have been a member of my local DHAA committee here in SA for the last two years and had also been on the DHAA executive as President about 25 years ago. As my family has grown up I now have the time to become more involved in what I see as an exciting time for our profession. I believe it’s important to give back when the opportunities are presented for us to move forward.
- Who is the person that most influenced you, and how?
Sue Aldenhoven: She has encouraged me to give things a go during my career and given me the confidence to realise that I am much more capable than I think I am.
- What are you currently reading?
I’ve just finished an e-book of My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante.
- Where do you go to escape?
Melbourne with a foodie friend of mine who lives there.
Keep an eye out for next time, when we will get to know another proud DHAA volunteer workforce.