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Advocates for Oral Health: Editorial Community

Preventive oral health practice is at the core of an Advocate’s professional beliefs. The community’s aim is to support and encourage young oral health professionals by sharing insight-led articles across social network channels including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.

 

The Community’s Aims and Current Members

 

The Advocates for Oral Health Community (AOHC) is a group of dental and oral health professionals who have a passion for preventive oral health practice. The AOHC aims to support and encourage the next generation of dental professionals through the sharing of their knowledge and experience on a range of relevant and topical issues based on their experience in the profession. Members of the community publish relevant and interesting oral health content, enabling peer to peer engagement and promoting ongoing collaboration within the dental profession.

 

Who are the current Colgate Advocates?

Advocate imageHaydyn Bathurst is a third-year student in the Bachelor of Dental Science at Charles Sturt University, Orange campus who hails from the Shoalhaven on the South Coast of NSW. As the Class Representative he is passionate about helping others and continuing to learn more in the ever-expanding pool that is dental science. Haydyn joins the Colgate Advocates for Oral Health: Editorial Community and hopes to use this platform to connect and engage with colleagues and peers across the broad field of dentistry.

William Carlson-JonesWilliam 'CJ' Carlson-Jones is an Oral Health Therapist currently working part-time in private practice across rural South Australia and at the Adelaide Dental School providing clinical tutoring with the University of Adelaide. Completing his Bachelor of Oral Health and Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science both from the University of Adelaide, CJ is currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration with aspirations to facilitate accessible, high quality dental care for all Australians. He is the Director of Finance for the Australian Dental & Oral Health Therapists’ Association (ADOHTA) and is a strong advocate for a team approach to dental care. He is a founding representative on the Colgate Advocates for Oral Health: Editorial Community.

Dr Mikaela ChinottiDr Mikaela Chinotti, BDS, MPH, graduated as part of the James Cook University inaugural dentistry cohort. She has previously worked in rural and regional government, private and health fund owned practices in North Queensland. Her passion lies in minimal intervention dentistry, health promotion and health education. Now in Sydney, Mikaela works as the Australian Dental Association (ADA) Oral Health Promoter and part time as a general dentist. Mikaela is a founding member of the Colgate Advocates for Oral Health: Editorial Community. She became a member because of her interest in helping and collaborating with fellow dental colleagues and hopes to contribute useful information for young dentists as they start and continue through their careers.

Advocate imageZohair Kazmi is a recently graduated Oral Health Therapist from the University of Sydney. Alongside working full-time at a Canberra private practise, he is also currently studying a Masters in Public Health as a Harvey Sutton Scholar. Zohair’s passions lie in the intersection between public dental health, health policy and in achieving equitable healthcare, which were exemplified in his selection as Australia’s youth delegate to the 2020 World Health Assembly in Geneva. Having previously worked as undergraduate researcher at the Institute of Dental Research and in founding Saath Youth (a youth led not-for-profit), he aims to motivate budding clinicians to develop into professionally adept, globally conscious health practitioners. Zohair is a member of the Colgate Advocates for Oral Health Editorial Community and hopes to use this platform to share his passions with peers and colleagues.

Girl in a jacketDr Sam Koh is a general dentist in private practice, with special interests in Cosmetic Dentistry and Orthodontics. Dr Koh has been awarded with prestigious fellowships from the International Academy of DentoFacial Esthetics in New York, the Pierre Fauchard Academy in London, as well as a fellowship in Orthodontics. He is the co-founder of the Young Dentist Hub, and a speaker/Key Opinion Leader for several dental companies. Sam is a founding member of the Colgate Advocates for Oral Health: Editorial Community. He became a member because of his passion for promoting good oral health and his love of educating other clinicians, and hopes to be able to further express this passion to his fellow colleagues via this advocacy group.

Christine MurthiChristine Murthi is a new graduate Oral Health Therapist from Auckland University of Technology. Prior to this she obtained qualifications in pharmacology and secondary teaching from University of Auckland. She has teaching/tutoring experience spanning more than ten years. Through this teaching experience combined with her diverse cultural background she has developed a passion for promoting diversity in clinical practice, overcoming communication barriers and connecting with the community. As a member of the Colgate Advocates for Oral Health: Editorial Community, her contributions to the dental community aim to increase interest in developing a sustainable interprofessional practice, providing an educational perspective on the delivery of existing oral health messages and working with vulnerable communities.

Advocate imageDr Kaejenn Tchia is a recent graduate working in a corporate private practice in Darwin, Northern Territory. He is the current Treasurer of the Australian Dental Association NT Branch Inc. In 2020, he was an inaugural member of the Bupa Dental Corporation Clinical Advisory Panel, helping guide strategic direction and providing input towards clinician development within the network of practices. He is passionate about helping and collaborating with fellow dental colleagues, recently embarking on a new journey to help recent graduates eliminate burnout through a 6-step B.E.L.I.E.F System through his motivational coaching platform, The Limitless Dentist. Kaejenn is a member of the Colgate Advocates for Oral Health Editorial Community and hopes to use this platform to raise awareness of the importance of mental health in dentistry and provide mindset tools, which can help his colleagues unlock their next level of growth and success.

Emma TurnerEmma Turner, a founding member of the Colgate Advocates for Oral Health: Editorial Community, completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Western Australia as the Australian Dental Graduate of the Year 2020. She is passionate about contributing to the future of oral health through dental education, community engagement and research. She hopes to share her insights to encourage members of the dental profession to reflect on opportunities for personal and professional growth to benefit our patients and the wider community.

Advocates for Oral Health: Community-Student Competition

Finalists: 

  1. Haydyn Bathurst ( Major Prize Winner)

  2. Isabella Evans

  3. Margaret Tran

  4. John Do

  5. Olan Hartley

     

     

Advocates for Oral Health: AOHC Survey - Competition

Winners : 

  1. Jodie Wu

  2. Evelyn Tang 

  3. Chloe Ford 

  4. Iman Rehman