ADOHTA Membership Fees

ADOHTA Membership Fees are annual from 1 July to 30 June

Full Membership – $330 (Inc. GST)

Currently registered as a Dental or Oral Health Therapist and/or Hygienist

Associate Membership – $275 (Inc. GST)

Not currently registered as a Dental Therapist or Oral Health Therapist and/or Hygienist but wish to retain associate membership; or are engaged in the industry of dental and oral health but not working as a Dental or Oral Health Therapist or Hygienist.

Graduate Membership - $165 (Inc. GST)

For students who graduated in the last 6 months, this is an introductory membership offer valid for one year only.

Student Membership – Free

Free for the duration of their undergraduate degree [Bachelor of Oral Health or equivalent] and including up to 6 months following graduation up until the renewal period following their graduation. Students are required to enter their Student ID number and the Name of the University they are studying at for verification of eligibility.

Pro Rata Membership – after 1 October calculated at;

$33 (Inc. gst) per month for remaining months of financial year
Pro Rata Membership is only available to 1) new members for the first year of membership only or 2) those with lapsed membership of more than 2 years for the first year of re-joining only. Currently registered as a Dental or Oral Health Therapist and/or Hygienist.

Life Membership – Free

Only available to members nominated by their State or Territory Branch for outstanding contribution to the profession and/or the association.
Free for the life of the member or until member resigns from the association.

Honorary Membership – Free

Only available to members nominated by their State or Territory Branch and supported by ADOHTA Council for special contribution to the profession and/or the association.
Free for the duration determined by the ADOHTA Council or until member resigns from the association.

Adohta Executives

Denise Higgins

Denise Higgins

NSW President

Diploma of Applied Science in Dental Therapy (Dip.App.Sc.DT)
Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH)
Bachelor of Health Science [Honours] (BHlthSc[Hon])
Graduate Certificate in the Practice of Tertiary Teaching (GCPTT)
PhD Candidate
Working History: I graduated from The Victorian School of Dental Therapy in December 1990 and commenced work as a Dental Therapist in January 1991. I was a full time employee for the Victorian School Dental Service in Gippsland, Victoria. I worked in two fixed clinics located in public school grounds in Morwell and Sale, and also on mobile school dental vans servicing rural areas of Gippsland and The Latrobe Valley. In 1994 I relocated to NSW and commenced work as a Dental Therapist in the public dental service with Hunter New England Oral Health Service (previously Hunter Oral Health). I worked in several school based and community clinics within The Hunter and Lake Macquarie regions. In January 2009 I commenced work as an Oral Health Therapist after gaining my qualifications in dental hygiene. I continued to work at The Maitland Hospital Dental Clinic as an Oral Health Therapist where I was originally employed as a Dental Therapist.
Current Work: I am currently employed as a Lecturer in Oral Health for the Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy with The University of Newcastle. My career now involves sharing my knowledge and love of all aspects in oral health and empowering the future generations of Oral Health Therapists.
What made you join ADOHTA: All previous and current executive members of ADOHTA work selflessly to build and develop the career of Dental and Oral Health Therapy. The dedication of those members was my inspiration to join the executive committee for ADOHTA (NSW). I was firstly nominated and elected as a general member for two years, and then served as Vice President for one year. I was elected President of ADOHTA (NSW) at the 2014 AGM held at Port Macquarie. During my time on the committee I have fulfilled the role of Newsletter Editor. I endeavour to continue to serve on the executive committee with dedication and sincerity.
Interests: My special interests include spending time with my husband and two children, cooking and eating, walking my dog, parkrun and PhD studies.
Emily Smith

Emily Smith

NSW Vice President

Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) 2013
Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy (GDDT) 2014
Working History: I started working in the dental industry 2 years out from school, in 2007, as a dental assistant in a small private practice in Taree, NSW. From there, I moved to Gympie in QLD, and continued working as an assistant in an orthodontic practice until January 2011. It was here that I discovered my love for dentistry, and I was inspired to do more. I began my BOH at University of Newcastle in 2011, and worked part time as an assistant at a local general practice. Following graduation in 2013, I began working in another orthodontic practice in 2014 as a dental hygienist while I completed my GDDT, graduating in 2014.

Current Work:  My love for learning wasn’t satisfied by my four years of study, but I wanted to work full time and gain experience, so I decided I would apply for the Oral Health Therapist Graduate Year Program. I was accepted, and placed at Westmead Centre for Oral Health this year, where I have been working in several departments and gaining so much experience. The OHTGYP has also allowed me to continue learning with online case studies and participating in a research/oral health promotion project. I am now seeing patients from a variety of backgrounds, including refugees, and I work alongside several specialists and dentists.

What made me join ADOHTA: I joined ADOHTA because I always wanted to do that little bit more for the industry which I am part of. I think it’s important that we help to grow the profession of Oral Health and Dental Therapy, and raise awareness within our respective communities and government bodies, the importance of oral health and how poor oral health can place a heavy burden on the health care system. Knowing the influence that associations such as this can have on government bodies has inspired me to become more involved. I have also discovered the strong ties with colleagues that are important for a relatively small profession to build in order for it to continue to grow and develop through the years. 
Michelle Davidson

Michelle Davidson

ADOHTA Council Representative, NSW Treasurer

Bachelor of Oral Health (Hygiene/Therapy) (BOH) – Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga)
Working History: I have been employed in the dental industry as a dental assistant for 27 years. I was lucky enough to be employed in my first job by Dr Victor Kiven in Melbourne, where he instilled a love in me for periodontics and dentistry in general. I can say I have loved every minute of my career as a dental assistant and have been lucky enough to work in fields from private practice, periodontics, orthodontics, corrective services, to public health and been lucky enough to assist a visiting Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon in theatre in Cairns.

Current Work: After the death of my husband in 2008, I decided to further my career and try to enrol in university in the Bachelor of Oral Health program. I spent a year at Sydney University doing a university preparation course in maths and science. I was then accepted to the Bachelor of Clinical Science at CSU in Orange and after completing first year, transferred over to Bachelor of Oral Health (Hygiene/Therapy) at CSU in Wagga Wagga, which I successfully completed in 2014. I am currently employed as an Oral Health Therapist in private practice in Wagga Wagga. My work has largely been as a hygienist but am now slowly integrating more therapy work.

What made you join ADOHTA: As an Oral Health Therapist, ADOHTA is my professional body. I wanted to be a part of the group who seeks to further our profession for the better. I attended the professional development day in Sydney in October and met women there who had been therapists for a very long time and who were still just as excited about their careers. Therapy and hygiene have come a very long way but also still have a very long way to go. Changing perceptions to our role is something I want to be a part of. At the professional development day, I nominated and was successfully elected as Treasurer for the ADOHTA NSW branch.
Interests: My special interests include encouraging my 3 children to be the best they can be, travelling, cooking, and eating out. I love to spend time outdoors, whether that is picnicking, swimming, bushwalking, hiking, or simply lazing in the hammock.
Trolisa Knudsen

Trolisa Knudsen

NSW Secretary & Newsletter Editor

Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH, Sydney Uni., 2013)

Working History:  When I finished high school I truly believed that my dream profession was to work internationally in the hospitality industry, I even completed my Cert IV in Hospitality Management. Then, in 2005, I landed a full-time job as a dental assistant on the South Coast of NSW. After one week I was hooked and after 5 years I decided that I wanted to expand my role within the dental team. I was lucky enough to be accepted into the BOH program at the University of Sydney in 2011. At the completion of my degree I was 1 of 50 graduates nation-wide that were offered a place in the inaugural Oral Health Therapists Graduate Year Program (OHTGYP). I completed my year in the OHTGYP working within the Illawarra Shoalhaven local Health District at the Nowra Dental Clinic.

Current Work: At the completion of my time in the OHTGYP I was lucky enough to attain a permanent job with the same service, in the same clinic.

Why I joined ADOHTA: I joined ADOHTA in my first year of studying BOH as I could see the difference this organisation had made to the working conditions for DT’s and OHT’s, and I wanted to support ADOHTA to continue its hard work.
Meghana Pai

Meghana Pai

NSW Assistant Secretary

Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene)

Personal/work history: In 2006 I immigrated to Australia with my family from India. I completed my High School Certificate from Figtree High School, Wollongong in 2011, soon after I commenced my degree in Oral Health and graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene) from Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga in December 2014. In January2015, I relocated to Melbourne to undertake full time employment at Plenty Valley Community Health, Epping, as part of the Oral Health Therapist Graduate Year programme. I will be completing this rewarding programme in January 2016, following which I aspire to continue working as an Oral Health Therapist in New South Wales.

What made you join ADOHTA: I have actively been involved in committees throughout University. I have undertaken the role of President of the university’s Oral Health Students Association, prior to which I was the Social co-ordinator and the course representative for a rural health club. I have thoroughly enjoyed these leadership roles. After receiving the ADOHTA award for outstanding professionalism, as well as attending ADOHTA run conferences, I was very impressed by the level of organisation, dedication and commitment by the committee. In 2015, I had the privilege of attending the AGM and being nominated into the position of Assistant Secretary. I look forward to working with the executive committee to continue the great work of our professional association in 2016/2017.

Interests: Growing up in Wollongong, I have always enjoyed walking on the beach, hiking and travelling. I also enjoy food, fussy about good coffee and love exploring new cuisines.
Sue Wilson

Sue Wilson

NSW General Executive

Certificate of Dental Therapy
Working History: I graduated from Westmead School of Dental Therapy on the 3rd of March 1982. I had grown up in the Newcastle region of NSW and after graduating I accepted a position in the Hunter Area Health Service, now known as Hunter New England Local Health District.  Initially I was placed at Adamstown Dental Clinic and over the years have worked at a variety of school based, hospital, and mobile caravan units at East Maitland, Raymond Terrace, Maitland, Cessnock, Wallsend, Singleton, Buladelah and Beresfield Child Clinic where I have been for the last 19 years.
Current Work: I currently work at Beresfield Child Dental Clinic. The last school based clinic in the lower Hunter.  This is a two chair clinic with a Dental Officer 1 day a week and two Dental Therapists working part time.  As a sole trained Dental Therapist I am proud of the service we contribute to the communities of our region. We keep up to date with current work practices through ongoing learning and are a valuable part of the Dental team in the Hunter.
Why I joined ADOHTA: ADOHTA NSW has always strived to serve the Dental and Oral Health Therapists of NSW with dedication and honesty. I was inspired by other Dental Therapists whom have been on the executive to also contribute my services to help promote the future of our profession for those younger than myself.  I initially joined the executive as a general member and I am currently the secretary of ADOHTA NSW.
Interests: My main loves are my husband, children, grandson, family and travel. Wayne and I love cruising, though we have recently brought a motorhome and plan to spend our future holidays exploring our own beautiful country. 
Kyle Cheng

Kyle Cheng

NSW General Executive

Qualifications: Bachelor of Oral Health Science (Therapy/Hygiene)
Work history: After the completion of my degree, I began working as a graduate oral health therapist in a private practice in the beautiful regional Victorian town of Geelong. Although I had great support and mentorship from colleagues, I felt I needed to expand my experience by moving into public dental health where I have been for the past 3 years.  
Current work: I currently work for the Northern Sydney Local Health District where I spend 4 days a week treating child patients from the Northern Beaches of Sydney. I also work 1 day a week as a hygienist serving patients with chronic diseases.
What made you join ADOHTA: I joined ADOHTA because I wanted to be part of a support community of dental professionals that meet and participate in professional development together. I look forward to working with the Executive Committee to advocate and support this community.

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