DRISS applications open now


DRISS applications open nowEver thought about a seachange, or maybe a treechange? Well, there’s no better time than now. Rural Health Workforce have just announced the Dental Relocation and Infrastructure Support Scheme (DRISS) applications have opened up again. With a recent study by the University of Tasmania showing rural GPs struggling more than ever to cope with oral health issues, there couldn’t be a better time to make your practice count.

Dentists have the opportunity to receive grants of up to $370,000 for going rural. Grants are for dentists who are willing to take private practice to regional, rural and remote locations. The grants aren’t just for relocation—applicants can all receive funding for practice refurbishment, infrastructure and equipment.

The program has had great success over its three-year run.

Dr Vicky Prokopiou, recipient of a DRISS relocation and infrastructure grant to move from Sydney and establish the iDental surgery in Coonabarabran, NSW, says it has helped her enormously.

“The fact that DRISS has helped me buy an OPG machine has been awesome,” she said. “It means I can do extractions with more confidence and also helps me refer patients with more complex issues to specialists in Dubbo, Orange and Sydney.”

Dr Prokopiou is busier than ever, the scheme has helped to take the burden off her practice and Coonabarabran has helped to take it off her family.

“This grant has been fantastic,” said Dr Prokopiou. “It certainly takes a lot of pressure off a young married couple like us.

Find out more about DRISS and apply online at www.rhwa.org.au/DRISS. If you want to learn more about dental treechanges, look for the article ‘A change of scenery’ in the upcoming March issue of Bite magazine.

The DRISS funding round opened on 22 February and will run until 24 March 2016.

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