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About this Guide

Dear First Years,

First of all, congratulations on starting your new course! The Australian Dental Students' Association (ADSA) warmly welcomes you into the ADSA community! You must be excited to begin your oral health or dental hygiene degree, and this Guide to First Year has been prepared by the ADSA team to welcome you into your course and help to make the transition into school life as easy as possible, whether you are starting a new course or entering university for the first time. Within these pages, you will find a brief introduction of the various initiatives and events the ADSA has organised for this year to help you get the most out of university life. These resources will hopefully be helpful not only this year, but all throughout your university degree and into the workforce too. Your local ADSA representative (see page 6), has also provided tips and tricks on making the most of the year ahead, and links to helpful resources. I strongly encourage you to get to know them further, as they will be your first point of contact for anything ADSA related. To keep up to date, the first thing I would suggest is to follow the ADSA's media outlets, and sign up to the ADSA mailing list at This will allow you to get involved with both the academic and social events ADSA has prepared for you for this year, including the National Convention in July, ADSA Talks, volunteering opportunities, scholarships and countless other community events such as the blood drive and R U OK? Day. Best of luck for this year, and may the beginning of your journey through dental school be both memorable and enjoyable. Make sure to keep smiling!

Terence LaU Publications Officer Australian Dental Students' Association

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ADSA President’s

Congratulations on entering a new and exciting chapter of your life as an oral health student! Undoubtedly, for many of you, the road to becoming an oral health student would have been a long and hard one. And I could only wish I could tell you that isn't the case for the journey upon which you are about to embark, but unfortunately that would not be true. There will probably be more than a few late nights and a few too many cups of coffee, but it definitely isn't all doom and gloom! As an oral health student, you are automatically a member of the Australian Dental Students' Association (ADSA), and our purpose is to support you through your rewarding journey of self-growth and maturation into oral health professionals. The ADSA aims to accomplish this by working closely with and complementing your local oral health or dental hygiene society to provide a range of additional resources and fantastic opportunities. We run numerous nationwide events throughout the year that help to unite the oral health and dental hygiene professionals of the future, with our biggest event this year being the Annual Dental Students' Convention to be held in Perth. Come and join hundreds of students from across Australia for a week that you will not forget! I hope that the following pages can explain exactly how the ADSA team is working hard to look after you. And to kick-start the relationship between you and the ADSA, we hope you will be able to find some value in the words of wisdom kindly provided by your friendly local ADSA representative. Make 2018 your year- get involved and get excited for your first crazy year as an oral health or dental hygiene student!

Jeffrey Ding ADSA President



ADOHTA President's

Dear Oral Health Therapy Students,

It is with great pleasure that the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association (ADOHTA) supports your education journey as you make your way to your future role as an oral health therapist. ADOHTA is the peak association representing the oral health therapy profession. Our members include dental hygienists, dental therapists and oral health therapists. Our members work collectively towards a common goal in achieving better access to care, better utilisation of our profession and social justice. That is, we want everyone to have access to affordable oral health care throughout their life. By working with colleagues in dentistry (dentists, dental specialists, and dental prosthetists) and the broader health profession, we can make a huge difference to the community. Currently, about 50% of Australians still do not access regular dental care, especially people from disadvantaged communities. Oral health therapists have an important role in providing a preventive model of dental care alongside their clinical care and oral health promotion. This includes our role as health professionals and advocates who support those living on low incomes, children, people with special needs, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


I look forward to meeting with you at future ADSA events and at ADOHTA activities across Australia. We actively s u p p o r t t h e d evel o p m e n t a n d education of our profession, publish a journal specific to our profession twice each year, regular newsletters and digital communications. Our state and territory branches host continuing professional development programs and careers nights to help you towards a successful career in oral health therapy. I would also like to take the opportunity to invite you to become an ADOHTA member, which is complimentary throughout your studies and we hope you will actively participate in the association. On behalf of ADOHTA, I warmly welcome you to the oral health therapy profession and look forward to meeting you in person.

Tan Nguyen Tan Nguyen ADOHTA President


DHAA President's

Welcome to the Dental Hygiene and Oral Health Therapy professions! There are so many amazing things in store for your future! The chance to make a difference in so many peoples lives, whether it's in the standard clinical environment or whether you choose to broaden your horizons. The comments I get from other dental hygienists and oral health therapists about their favourite things about our job are along the lines of the 'aha' moment when a person finally gets the improvement in their outcomes, or finally gets the hang of that interdental brush that fixes that bleeding problem they have had for years. What about that first smile at the end of orthodontic treatment? It's also about creating that rapport with the patient that keeps them coming back year after year and fills your appointment book. It's about developing that team approach with your patient, dentist, specialist and other allied heath professionals. It's about creating the well-oiled clinical team. As with all professions there are some challenges. Like negotiating your own contract and finding the voice to suggest changes to systems. There are financial challenges, particularly early in your careers. How can you afford all the professional development required for your registration? What about the isolation of being the only one in the office? Where can you find a mentor? Being a member of your professional association is an important part of being a health professional. When you need support, please know you can rely on us here at the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia. We are working hard on assisting our hygienist and oral health therapist members with all the challenges they face. We have a free IR line for those tricky job questions and reasonably priced education and indemnity insurance. We are also starting some local study groups to help with networking and developing relationships. There are other member benefits you can read about on our website - and it is free as a student to join up! All we ask in return is enthusiasm and engagement!

Kathryn Novak Kathryn Novak DHAA President

Welcome to the profession. Hope to see you at an event soon!


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Academic ADSA Talks ADSA Convention Resources

SOCIAL ADSA Convention Cruise Competitions

OPPORTUNITY Volunteering Scolarships Awards

Community Blood Drive World Oral Health Day R U OK Day? Teddy Bear Dentist Advocacy

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NEWS Articulate First Year Booklets Graduate Booklet


Meet the

The ADSA Committee is made up of students, just like you! They are elected by dental, oral health and dental hygiene students from across Australia at the annual ADSA Convention (see page 9). The ADSA team is dedicated to representing the varied interest of the dental, oral health and dental hygiene student community, which can range from advocacy to education or work to social opportunities.

Jeffrey Ding


Sheryl George

PRESIDENT La Trobe University

VICE PRESIDENT University of Queensland

SECRETARY La Trobe University

"Innovation will allow ADSA to expand and provide a greater reach for dental, oral health and dental hygiene students nationwide."

"Building bridges interstate before we graduate encourages increased sense of community in the profession."

"The progressive diversity of the dental and oral health profession affords us the opportunity to represent and serve the entire community."

Aran Ravishanker

Nicole Contemplacion

Alinda Lee

TREASURER Charles Sturt University


"As ADSA's reach grows year after year, in turn ADSA will be adapting to offer more opportunities for students to network, and learn about the professional world."

"An experienced eye ensures that the progress ADSA made does not crumble."

ORAL HEALTH OFFICER University of Melbourne "2018 is the year of collaborative support amongst all oral health and dental hygiene students."

And many more Officers responsible for various portfolios! To meet the entire team, check out:


Representative your own University

To ensure that you are up to date with how ADSA can help you, we have a dedicated on-campus representative at every school. Have your queries answered by your ADSA University Representative today!

Curtin University Kimberley Hoang

University of Adelaide Catherine Chen

central queensland university Samanthe Barbeler

University of Sydney Priyangkha Alegesam

University of Newcastle Queenie Pang

Charles Stuart University Rogina Torabi

University of Melbourne Alinda Lee


La Trobe University Raveena Mapa



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ADSA @ O-Week • Meet your university representative. • Free merchandise. • Opportunity to join ADSA's exclusive mailing • list. Release of ADSA's first year booklet and O-week video. • Enter our photo competition.

Events Upcoming

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Dental Health Week

• Australia's biggest dental event. • Join dentists, oral health and hygiene professionals in promoting oral health.

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World Oral Health Day • Learn about how you can contribute to the international effort. • Keep an eye out for volunteering opportunities.

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Wellness Week • Check in on your mental, physical and emotional health.

ADSA Blood Drive (Tertiary Blood Challenge)

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R U OK? Day • Check up on your mate. • Learn about what services are available. • Help tackle one of the biggest problems in the profession.

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ADSA Convention • Join ADSA's biggest social and academic event. • See page 9 for details.

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Where do you find industry professionals speaking about what they don't teach you at school? How about in the comfort of your own home? Welcome to ADSA Talks. ADSA Talks began in 2017 with immense success. As the brainchild of ADSA's Education Portfolio, respective student societies and our sponsors, ADSA Talks brings some of the most sought-out speakers to talk about their area of expertise. Naturally, topics are useful in the 'real world' but just aren't taught in class. Check out some of the topics from last year's ADSA Talks: ENDODONTICS

Periodontal & Systemic Disease

Dr Omar Ikram shares some tips on how to manage and predict the outcomes of one of the most difficult fields of dentistry.

Dr Michaela von Geijer explains how a disease of the mouth can be linked with systemic diseases and how you can take advantage of the link in diagnosis and treatment.

Dental Legal Risk & Business Principles for New Graduates

Fibre Reinforced Composites & Dental Materials

Dr Brad Wright discusses the legal principles that concern you and how to protect yourself. He also shares his tips on buying and managing a dental business.

Professor Ian Meyers takes some of the most commonly used restorative materials beyond what school may teach.

This year ADSA Talks wants to expand its focus to topics more relevant to oral health and dental hygiene. If you have topics that you want to hear about, get in touch with our Education Officer, Jonathan Nguyen at ADSA Talks is an all year program, allowing you to watch a live stream from your computer. What are you waiting for? For more details, check out members/adsatalks


Convention ADSA

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ADSA Convention is coming to Perth in July 2018!

Complete with an entire day of handson workshop learning and interactive team challenges, the rich academic schedule delivered by the University of Western Australia's specialist lecturers will be complemented by showcasing a range of dental companies at the tradeshow, opportunities for professional networking and social events that will allow both dental and oral health students to forge life-long friendships and alliances with dental, oral health and hygiene professionalsto-be from all over Australia, while also showcasing some of Western Australia's gems.

Between 1 and 6 July, we have arranged 6 nights of 5-star luxury accommodation at the Perth's Hyatt Regency and organised a range of social activities, including a cruise along the Swan River, visits to some of Perth's hottest night spots, a tour the Swan Valley food and wine region and, finally, the much-anticipated gala ball. Stay tuned for more details, as the Convention Facebook event will be launched in late March, with ticket sales soon to follow.



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from your ADSA Oral Health Officer

To all new Oral Health and Dental Hygiene students:

Congratulations & Welcome! You will find the course you are about to embark on is highly rewarding, however at times the journey may be a little stressful. This is what ADSA and your respective university societies are here for. We aim to guide you into your first year and support you throughout your studies.

I have created a Facebook group for all students studying Bachelor of Oral Health and Dental Hygiene in Australia. Please join this page as it will be the main medium of communication from ADSA to you where we will keep you posted on the latest events, and share tips for your studies. In addition, you will receive news from ADOHTA and DHAA all year round.

Alinda L!

Alinda Lee Oral Health Officer Australian Dental Students' Association



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Don't be hesitant to ask your peers or professors if you need help. Feel free to post any questions on the 'ADSA ORAL HEALTH COMMUNITY' Facebook page too, and 200+ students all over Australia will help you.



The oral health curriculum is full-on (especially for students starting straight from high school), hence it is very important to have a work-life balance. Your university committees and ADSA will have many social activities throughout the year, so keep your eyes out!



Get to know your peers, lecturers, and demonstrators. They have a world of knowledge and will help you with your career. Get to know the dental students in your university as well as other universities through ADSA - you may be working alongside them in the future!


ates, Deadlines & diaries

Use a diary, calendar app on your Mac, or even both. Be organised and write down key dates such as exams (pre-clinic, clinic, and written), tests, assignments, presentations etc. This will help you keep on top of your studies and still maintain that work-life balance.



Keep your body healthy by eating well, sleeping well, and staying fit. Look after your body in pre-clinics and clinics by sitting upright with the correct posture.


Resources USEFUL

Whether you are fresh from high school, returning from a gap year or a transfer from another course, you will find ADSA's collated directory of resources a fantastic starting point. We hope these will help you with your research, study or general reading pleasure.

ADSA Website The ADSA website has undergone a major revamp, allowing you to navigate our extensive resources with ease. Check out events, scholarships, volunteering or work opportunities, news and plenty more!

The Dental Trauma Guide Learn better by doing more than reading? This is an interactive guide for the treatment of dental traumas.

Therapeutic Guidelines Imagine a clean, widely used summary of the major elements of patient treatment. This handy guide is a fantastic supplement to your study notes.

General Dentistry Glossary and Concepts Create your own flash cards or access a library of publicly available flash cards!

Your University! As a student, you have access to your university's own extensive online and paper library. Find anything from editorials to journal articles. Additionally, every university offers support services, including counselling. Check with your university student society or ADSA Representative for more information.


Organizations Related

You may encounter a range of unfamiliar acronyms of important organisations affecting you. We have tried to summarise the major organisations concerning oral health therapists and dental hygienists below.

Australian Dental & Oral Health Therapists' Association (ADOHTA) ADOHTA is one of the national representative bodies for oral health therapists and dental hygienists. They are focused on growing the profession by providing a platform for resources, job boards and advocacy. something.

Dental Board of Australia The Dental Board is the registration arm of the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) that allows oral health therapists and dental hygienists to practice in Australia. As a student, you are also registered! The Dental Board accredits courses, investigates complaints and holds disciplinary hearings.

Dental Hygienists' Association of Australia (DHAA) DHAA is the other peak representative body for oral health therapists and dental hygienists. Similar to ADOHTA, they provide resources, work opportunities and a professional network.

Australian Dental Council (ADC) The ADC advises the Dental Board of Australia whether your program of study should allow you to later be registered as an oral health therapist or dental hygienist.

Australian Dental Association (ADA) The ADA is the representative body for the dental profession. Their website contains an extensive library of resources, contemporary news and a job board for members.


A Peek

Check out what ADSA did in 2017. Get ready for 2018!


23 – 25 March 2018


DENTAL EVENT SEE MORE • B UY MORE • LEARN MORE Over 450 booths showcasing the latest dental products and technology.










NEW LOCATION International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour

Special thanks to: Publications Richard Huynh Design Li Yang LIM Oral Health Alinda Lee

Advertising Enquiries Jennifer Tran

Publication Submi!ions & Enquiries Terence Lau





ADSA First Year Booklet OHT 2018  
ADSA First Year Booklet OHT 2018