New year – new appointments

The DHAA Ltd is excited to announce the new appointments of State Chairs and Communication Officers.

The Board is extremely grateful for the enthusiasm and effort of all of its volunteers. Without them our Association would not function.

We have asked each of our new State Chairs to introduce themselves so please take a moment to get to know them and if they are in your state then don’t forget to say ‘hi’.

We welcome all new and ongoing appointments and wish them well in their roles in 2017. As you can see, there are still a few vacant positions available – so if you are keen to give back to your profession and would like to be involved, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

2017 DHAA State Chairs

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2017 DHAA Communications Officers

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Get to know your State Chairs
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DHAA SA State Chair 2017 Lyn Carmen

South Australia: Lyn Carman
Email: [email protected]
Having worked in the dental profession for over 30 years, I feel very grateful to still be excited and passionate about my chosen career. I am inspired to give back to the profession and to enable others to be excited and passionate about their chosen path.

What makes me believe I have anything to offer? I have sought out and successfully gained opportunities as a Practice Owner, Registered Dental Hygienist, Prime Practice Management Client, Practice Manager, Clinical Tutor and Mentor.

What an amazing gift to be able to get up (nearly) every morning and love what I do!

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DHAA Vic State Chair 2017 Anne Di Paulo

Victoria: Anne Di Paolo
Email: [email protected]
I am a registered practicing dental hygienist in a Melbourne general practice with over 30 years of experience in the industry. My professional career in dentistry has included expanded dental assistant roles, clinical dental hygiene, dental assistant and dental hygiene education and professional speaking.

Following completion of my Advanced Diploma of Oral Health (Dental Hygiene) in Adelaide, I returned to Melbourne where I became involved with the Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia. I have served as President and have been an active member in various roles within the committee since graduating, most recently as State Chair under the restructured DHAA. An extensive list of committee appointments through the years reflects a close association with colleagues and peers and a genuine interest in oral health and representation of the profession. I still remain an active member of Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch Oral Health Committee where I have held that position for 10 years.

I have worked in both specialist and general practices and am a keen photographer.

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DHAA WA State Chair 2017 Aileen Lewis

Western Australia: Aileen Lewis
Email: [email protected]

Dental hygiene and therapy is my passion. Education, promotion and prevention are the main ideals of my occupation. I aim to assist my colleagues and contemporaries to further their careers and to be involved in continuing their education and to involve themselves in issues such as aged care, mental health and the 0-4 age group, which are fairly forgotten about in regards to dental health.

Married for almost 30 years, I have two daughters, aged 19 and 24, and am the proud owner of two Mini Schnauzer dogs and three cats.

I trained as a Dental Therapist 1981-1983 and went to Moora Central Wheatbelt to work with School Dental Service and Rockingham General Government Clinic. Here I was employed continually for 34 years until 2014 as both therapist and hygienist. I completed my conversion and registration as a general dental therapist and hygienist in 1985 whereupon I started working for private practice from 2009 to present day. Currently employed at Byford Dental and South Street Dental Centres for three days per week. I have been heavily involved in Health Promotion with the Oral Hygiene Promotion Unit (formally Dental Health Education Unit) with the WA Government from 2005-2012, involved in aged care, mental health, community and specifically Aboriginal Health promotion.

I look forward to representing DHAA in Western Australia as Chairperson and to work as a collaborative team member.

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DHAA Qld State Chair 2017 Carlene Franklin

Queensland: Carlene Franklin
Email: [email protected]

I have represented the DHAA Ltd on the Qld state committee for over 6 years. I have had roles in all aspects of the QLD committee including:
• State Communication Officer – 2015-2016
• State Secretary role – 2012-2015
• Part of the working party for the Brisbane DHAA Symposium in 2012
• Organising state based CPD events
• Mentoring new committee members
• Attending multiple national leadership training days.
I have worked closely with our outgoing state Chair Robbern White over the last 12 months in transitioning from a state association to a national association, and am excited to now be taking on the role of State Chair.

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DHAA NSW State Chair 2017 Tabitha Acret

New South Wales: Tabitha Acret
Email: [email protected]

Graduating from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor’s Degree in Oral Health in 2008, I now enjoy working in a private practice, with the main focus on promoting and integrating preventive dental care in patients of all ages. I have a special interest in myofacial and craniofacial dentistry and pain management.

Socially conscious and a regular volunteer, I have been involved with the Dental Health Foundation, taking part in an Australian organised trip to Vietnam to provide free dental care. I am also currently working on a project to provide dental care to recent refugees to Australia.

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DHAA ACT State Chair 2017 Madellyn Kennedy

ACT: Madellyn Kennedy
Email: [email protected]

I have gained extensive experience in the dental profession over a 33-year period. This has seen me working in a variety of dental environments – such as rural and city, public and private, as well as general and orthodontic – and in numerous locations across New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory and ACT.

Since graduating from the Westmead College of Dental Therapy in 1983, I have also completed the Queensland Health Dental Hygiene Academic Upgrade program in 2005 and graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science degree (Public Health) at QUT in 2009.

I have been an active member of the DHAA ACT branch since registering as a Dental Hygienist in 2006. Prior to that I was an active member of ADOHTA. My roles have included; ACT Branch President of ADOHTA 2000-2002; editor of the DHAA ACT Branch newsletter from 2007-2011; and, more recently, I have been assisting with ACT Branch CPD events.

I have spent 17 years in total working in the ACT dental industry. The last eleven have been in a specialist orthodontic practice.

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DHAA Tas State Chair 2017 Rachelle Johnson

Tasmania: Rachelle Johnson
Email: [email protected]

I started as a Trainee Dental Assistant with Oral Health Services, Tasmania in 2007 before joining the Royal Australian Navy Dental Branch for six years. The postings on ships and ashore in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth where particularly enjoyable.

I graduated from RMIT University in 2015 with an Advanced Diploma of Oral Health. Now I am currently working in general private practice in Northwest Tasmania. Having attended the DHAA leadership day last year I am now excited to take on the role of State Chair!