ADAQ and BOQ Specialist announce 2022 recipients of CPD bursaries 

CPD dental bursaries
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Queensland dentists, Dr Arosha Weerakoon and Dr Lynlee Tatnell, have been awarded the 2022 Australian Dental Association Queensland Branch (ADAQ) and BOQ Specialist Dental Excellence Bursaries. 

Dr Weerakoon from Tewantin Family Dental in Tewantin and Dr Tatnell from both Island Sands Dental in Boyne Island and the Royal Flying Doctors Service (Qld branch), will each receive $5500 to put towards ADAQ Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses after being named the recipients of the bursary. 

Now in its sixth consecutive year, the ADAQ and BOQ Specialist bursary program aims to recognise and reward dental practitioners who are committed to high-quality learning by providing financial support for further professional development. 

There are two bursaries offered—the Practice Bursary awarded to an experienced dental practitioner to support the training and development of themselves and their team, and the Emerging Practitioners Bursary awarded to dental practitioners with less than five years of work experience. 

“I am passionate about further education and would like to consider post-graduate studies in the future,” Emerging Practitioners bursary recipient and 2018 graduate Dr Tatnell said.

“I want to have a dental career where I am well educated (both through clinical learning and networking) to ultimately treat patients with the best care I can deliver. 

“Working in a regional and rural capacity has shown me the importance of excellence in dental healthcare, as there can be restricted access for patients to specialist care.” 

Fellow bursary recipient and owner of Tewantin Family Dental, Dr Weerakoon commented that the benefits of the bursary to her practice are significant. 

“Tewantin Family Dental is a small two-chair practice in the heart of Tewantin which serves the local community and acts as a ‘feeder’ town to people residing in surrounding areas. 

“After working as an associate for nearly 20 years, I became a solo dental practice owner in late 2022. 

“This bursary allows me to refresh my knowledge and skills so that I can increase the scope of services I provide my patients, while supporting my staff’s training and development needs.”

ADAQ president and bursary selection panel member Dr Matthew Nangle said: “This year’s bursary recipients demonstrated an impressive commitment not just to their own continuing professional development, but also to developing their teams to deliver the highest quality care to their communities.” 

Dr Tatnell and Dr Weerakoon will be profiled in ADAQ’s Dental Mirror as well as BOQ Specialist’s own Best Practice magazine. 

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