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)
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Simulation (GCCS)
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 involves mentorship, leadership, student and course coordination, sharing knowledge and love of 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.From here I took a position with the Oral Health Therapist Graduate Year Program at Westmead Centre for Oral Health. This was an amazing year, during which I gained so much knowledge & experience, working in several different departments. 

Current Work:  I have been employed by 2 private practices in the Newcastle region, and I am currently on maternity leave until April 2018, raising my beautiful little girl. The practice I will be returning to has shown me how an oral health therapist can fit into a private practice, and how unique the relationship between an OHT & dentists is.  I have continued to grow my knowledge through both practice and attending conferences and other seminars, and look forward to my learning continuing into the future. 

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.
Maria Pana

Maria Pana

NSW General Executive

Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) 2013
Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy (GDDT) 2014
Work history: Following the completion of my oral health degrees at the University of Newcastle, I had the opportunity to complete the Oral Health Therapist Graduate year program in 2015. I was positioned at Dubbo Community Dental Clinic Western NSW Local Health District (LHD) where I had the opportunity to work in the community dental clinic and also as a sole practitioner in rural clinics such as Wellington, Nyngan, Baradine and Cobar. It was from these experiences that I decided I would continue working for the public sector. I continued working for Western NSW LHD until 2017. I then relocated back to Sydney and worked for Northern Sydney LHD at the Northern beaches and Royal North Shore dental clinics.     
Current work: I am currently employed with Hunter New England LHD. I work across the Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton clinics where I see both hygiene and therapy patients.
What made you join ADOHTA: I have been a member of ADOHTA since I was at university. I was elected into a general executive position at the 2017 ADOHTA AGM in Bowral.  I admired the passion of previous committee members in advocating for our profession to other health groups and government bodies.  ADOHTA has continuously provided professional development events which I find are great for not just learning up and current research, but also great for networking.  I hope to continue the hard work of previous members and add another voice in promoting and empowering our profession.
Clare McGeachie

Clare McGeachie

NSW General Executive

Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) 
Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy with Adult scope (BOHT)

Working History: After completing my HSC, I commenced my studies in Oral Health at the Ourimbah Campus, University of Newcastle. I graduated from the Bachelor of Oral Health in 2015. Having found the BOH both interesting and enjoyable, I then applied to further my studies in Dental Therapy with Adult Scope which was offered part time at the Ourimbah Campus University of Newcastle. Whilst completing my studies in the BOHT, I worked as a registered Dental Hygienist in a busy general practice located in Muswellbrook NSW. I thoroughly enjoyed working in this rural community and was fortunate enough to continue both working and studying due to the flexibility of this practice. Prior to working in Muswellbrook I gained the opportunity to work in a specialist Orthodontic practice in Newcastle.

Current Work: I am currently employed as the Oral Health Therapist with Adult Scope in the Western NSW Local Health District. I am based at the Lachlan Health Services site, located in Parkes, NSW.

What made you join ADOHTA: As a student I had the privilege of being guided and supported by a number of excellent clinical tutors and lecturers from the University of Newcastle. These mentors encouraged me to be involved with Australian Dental Associations and to attend various events over the years. Towards the end of my final year of study I was approached to join the ADOHTA committee. At the AGM meeting in Bowral last year I was elected a General Executive on the committee.

I joined the association to be part of the growth and development of our profession by being actively involved in the creation of educational and professional events in the best interests of my colleagues.

Interests: My interests include all outdoors activities, spending time with family and friends, travel, the gym, music and dancing

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