“I always wanted to work in healthcare, and dentistry really appealed to me because it’s a hands-on, challenging profession. You can make a real difference to people’s lives.
“I chose CSU because its dental program is uniquely focused on training dentists to work in regional and remote areas with the goal of addressing the shortage of health services in these areas.
“The hands-on work starts in first year in simulation clinic and we start seeing patients in the second half of second year. From then on the course becomes more and more clinically oriented, with increased exposure to specialist and complex treatments.
“As we rotate through different locations we get experience in both private and public settings. My time in the public system, working at Nepean Dental Hospital and completing a remote placement in Brewarrina, NSW, was particularly rewarding. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at both centres, working as part of team and learning from experienced, skilled dentists. I particularly enjoyed the challenge of the acute and trauma cases that were routinely encountered.
“I was lucky to be part of the One-2-One volunteer program in Cambodia, where I was part of a team providing dental treatment to children and adults, many of whom had never been to the dentist but were in real need of treatment. I was also fortunate to travel to South Korea to present research on orofacial pain at the 2016 International Association for Dental Research meeting.
“The course load is high and it can be difficult to manage both clinical and academic work. A big day in clinic can be quite tiring which makes it difficult to go home and study, but working with patients is extremely rewarding.
“After graduation, I’m looking to work in both the public and private sectors for the first few years to gain as much experience as possible. Ideally, I would also like to use my degree to travel, both in terms of continuing my education and to volunteer with people who don’t have access to the same services we do.”