GET TO KNOW: Amelia Munn

Formal portrait of Amelia Munn – DHAA Membership Officer

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 new director for DHAA National Membership Officer, Amelia Munn.

    1. Why did you decide to become a dental hygienist/OHT?
      I decided to become a hygienist when I started to understand how important preventative dental care is.

      Before I embarked on my journey through the ADOH course I was working as a dental assistant. In my first year as a DA, in 2005, I remember a 26 year-old guy coming into the clinic and having multiple extractions and a denture fitted. I truly felt for this guy and remember the disappointed look he had on his face that said: "If only I had been a hygienist sooner!"

    1. What was your favourite subject during hygiene/OHT training?
      I have a secret love and passion for paleoanthropology so naturally I gravitated towards anatomy and physiology. I was also very lucky to have Cathy Snelling as my teacher!

    2. What do you love most about being a DH/OHT?
      Teaching my patients. I think deep down there is a teacher in me. However, I can’t speak in front of large groups, let alone a room full of people; so, until then my biology lessons are one-on-one in my surgery, while my hands are in the patients' mouth and they can’t get away!

      Seriously though, I really do give each one of my patients a lesson on biofilm. I am so happy when I see the look on their faces saying that everything has clicked and they finally understand the importance of flossing.

    3. Tell us about your current role with the DHAA, and why you decided to get involved.
      Currently I the National Membership Officer. I started my involvement with the DHAA after graduating in 2012. I was encouraged to come along to a meeting by Jacquie Biggar and I took on the role of the SA Membership Officer.

      When the DHAA decided to amalgamate this meant that state membership officers would no longer be needed as the plan was to have a National Membership officer. With all the skills I had developed over three years, I decided – with the encouragement of Alison Taylor – to apply for the national position... and here I am!

    4. Who is the person that most influenced you, and how?
      The list is long. I love to learn and I was like a sponge while I was a DA. I worked for both specialist and general practices both in SA and for the two years I was living in Brisbane. I also worked as a temp nurse so I have seen many different approaches to dentistry. While in Brisbane I worked with Prof. Ian Myers who just so happened to love to teach. Even though I was having a lot of fun working as a DA, he encouraged me to become a hygienist and to keep on learning.

    5. What are you currently reading?
      There are three books and an audio series that I have on the go. 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee' by Jared Diamond; 'A Storm of Swords, Steel, and Snow' by George R.R. Martin; 'The Barefoot Investor' by Scott Pape; and the audio series, 'The Infinite Monkey Cage' by Brian Cox and Robin Ince.

    6.  Where do you go to escape?
      The beach. Any beach is fine.

    Keep an eye out for next time, when we will get to know another proud DHAA volunteer.