02 September 2019

Inaugural ADAVB BOQ Specialist recent graduate bursary announced

A Yarra Ranges dentist committed to ongoing professional development has been awarded the inaugural ADAVB BOQ Specialist Recent Graduate Bursary.

Dr Amy Thompson will receive $5000 to put towards ADAVB CPD training courses after being named the recipient of the coveted bursary. Launched in July, the bursary aims to recognise and reward recent dental graduates who are committed to high quality learning by providing financial support for further professional development.

Graduating from La Trobe University in 2017, Dr Thompson then relocated to the Yarra Ranges district where she now shares her time between Inspiro, a community clinic in Lilydale and Your New Dentist, a private clinic in Mooroolbark.

Dr Thompson said she was 'completely blown away' by the unexpected news that she had been awarded the bursary. 'I received the news right before seeing a client so I had to take a moment to compose myself and stop my hands from shaking from excitement!'

Commenting on the bursary and how it will benefit her as a recent graduate, Dr Thompson said, 'The bursary will definitely help me to reach both my clinical and non-clinical goals sooner, and allow me to continue to absorb as many skills and as much knowledge as possible during these early formative years of my career.'

ADAVB President Dr Gitika Sanghvi said, 'We are delighted to offer the inaugural recent graduate bursary to Dr Thompson. She has shown incredible strength and commitment to both her work and her ongoing professional development, while at the same time promoting the importance of mental health and sharing her own personal experiences.'

'Dr Thompson has taken a broad approach to her learning, exploring a wide range of dentistry areas and overcoming difficult personal circumstances to create for herself a fulfilling career where she acknowledges there is always more to learn. Her openness to further development, her heartfelt commitment to her patients, and her quest for development of confidence and independence were qualities that were hard to look by,' said Dr Sanghvi.