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 seven questions. This week we catch up with the DHAA Victoria Director, Ron Knevel.
- Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist/OHT?
To be honest it wasn’t my first choice. I was initially interested in becoming a teacher (very interested in mathematics). However an assignment in Biology class triggered my interest in oral hygiene and I moved into a different direction.
- What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training?
I am a practical person. So mostly enjoyed the practical sessions. Building relationships with patients is what I enjoyed the most. Treating patients the way you want to be treated. Genuine care.
- What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
The fact that depending on your character or interest you can move into many directions and explore new areas where you could contribute. So many challenges out there where dental hygienists or oral health therapy could play a role. Pioneering.
- Tell us about your current role with the DHAA, and why you decided to get involved.
I am still finding my bearings in my role as Director VIC, however I am interested in improving the profile of DH and OHT in Australia and supporting further advancement of the profession. I am interested in exploring more innovative ways of proving competence and to make the importance of prevention more visible to the general public. More appreciation for dental hygiene interventions and prevention is something that needs to be earned.
- Who is the person that most influenced you, and how?
I don’t think there is one person that influenced me the most. I get inspired by so many people along the way and in many different ways. It is the little things in life that matter. All these little things add up and contribute to change or personal growth. Bigger and smaller role models have played an important role and they change all the time.
- What are you currently reading?
Unfortunately not any exciting books. I am stuck re-reading my own draft chapters from my thesis… over and over and over again. If you are anything like me, it is never good enough, it will challenge your perseverance and confidence.
- Where do you go to escape?
I love traveling. For me to truly escape I need to leave home and switch off email notifications. Being connecting has its advantages, but it is also can stand in the way of slowing down and focusing on ‘just being’. Any destination will do- exotic or a lovely country town. If you have the same problem, here’s an interesting blog post.
Keep an eye out for next time, when we will get to know the DHAA WA Director, Samantha Stuart.