Great ways to improve yourself

The DHAA have three suggestions improve yourself. Advance your your training, apply for grants to help with your education or just grab some CPD hours for free.

As dental hygienists and oral health therapists, we have a duty to constantly expand our industry knowledge as well as keeping up with all of the changing practices and regulations along the way.

Not so easy to achieve when the appointment book is full – there are just enough hours in the day.

The good news is that there are courses and grants out there to help you with this challenge, and here at the DHAA we are always looking to help by sharing information and links that we think may be of interest.

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Grants for CPD

The Australian Government are aiming to consolidate and build on workforce programs to ensure they better align with, and are able to respond to the needs of health professionals to train and practice, particularly in clinical areas and locations of particular need.

The NAHSSS Allied Health Continuing Professional Development Scholarships are open to practicing allied health professionals who are currently providing clinical services to attend the following CPD activities;

·         Short courses
·         Non-award postgraduate modules
·         Clinical Placements
·         Conferences

Scholarship applications close on 27 February, and with only one scholarship round being offered in 2017 you’d better get your application in quick!

Full details are available on the SARRAH website here.

NB Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) is nationally recognised as a peak body representing rural and remote allied health professionals.

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Online Advanced Dental Leadership Programme

The Advanced Dental Leadership (ADL) programme is designed for young dentists and dental students. It focuses on empowering the emerging generation to perform in the increasingly competitive and evolving arena of modern dentistry.

Registration is free until 28th February, and students can complete the course in their own time.

Full details are available on the Advance Dental Leadership website.

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Hot Topics in Oral Medicine

The Perth Oral Medicine and Dental Sleep Centre are inviting DHAA members to attend a complimentary educational evening at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The ‘Hot Topics’ are as follows;

·         Prof Camile Farah – “Spit & Chips: Salivary chair-side diagnostics
·         Dr Alissa Jacobs – “Pain relief for the inaccessible patient”
·         Dr Su Chan – “Mindfulness for dental anxiety”
·         Dr Jacinta Vu – “Dental Marijuana Is it all it’s cracked up to be?”
·         ClinA / Prof Ramesh Balasubramaniam – “Digital occlusal splints for TMD and bruxism”

So, if you happen to be in the Perth area on Tuesday 20 June you could earn yourself two hours of CPD, learn from five top speakers and all for free!

If that’s not enough to tempt you then there’s a spectacular door prize of two return flights to Singapore and five nights accommodation up for grabs!

What are you waiting for? Register today at

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The DHAA are always looking for ways to improve your life as a dental hygienist or oral health therapist. Come back regularly to to keep a check on our events and news.