Recognition for dental assistants

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Nominations are now open for the 2017 Vern-Barnett Awards for Excellence in Dental Assisting.

These awards were established to commemorate the contributions made by Kathy and Dr Brian Vern-Barnett to the education, advancement and recognition of dental assisting as integral to the professional standing of the dental health team.

Every year, the Dental Assistants Professional Association (DAPA) gives dental practices, employers and staff the opportunity to nominate a dental assistant who has done something extraordinary in the profession of dental assisting for an award recognising their excellence.

These individuals are often the unsung heroes, those who reach out to their colleagues and patients because they have a passion for their profession and want to inspire that passion in others. They might have influenced a student, volunteered to help the under-served, organised continuing education courses, developed procedures to improve the workplace, been an exceptional mentor for staff, or improved the environment of the workplace.

To nominate your dental assistant, complete the nomination form available from the DAPA website. Nominations close 28 July 2017.

Presentation of the award will be made at the DAPA National Conference on Saturday 16 September 2017 at the International Convention Centre Sydney.

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