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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin September 2010
39 SEPTEMBER 2010 WHY I CHOSE the bush In May 2010, during the Rural Oral Health Advisory Panel (ROHAP) meeting, consideration was given to the reasons for the limited number of dentists taking up the opportunity to practise in rural and remote areas and the barriers limiting rural students from entering dentistry. As the Victorian representative on the panel, I was invited to write an article about why I chose country dental practice, staying for 35 years. BACKGROUND INFLUENCES The influences why I chose country practice stemmed from my background growing up in the bush, my family and a good education. Also, I was fortunate that my wife, Julie has connections with country life and wanted to give it a go. I grew up in the country on a farm 40 kilometres north of Barham, NSW. Schooling was correspondence from Black Friars in Sydney till ten years of age followed by boarding school in Melbourne. After matriculation I returned to my parents' new farm at Jerilderie, NSW for two years. During this time our family dentist encouraged my interest in dentistry. Acceptance to Melbourne University Dental School involved revisiting matriculation to add physics and chemistry. I then commenced the course the following year. As a final year student it became a certainty for me that country practice was where I was headed. The need for some adventure and the opportunities offered by the Commonwealth Department of Health in the Northern Territory saw me in Darwin for my first job in 1974.This position required several six week trips to remote indigenous communities and cattle stations. With this experience behind me and a young family the decision was made to commence rural practice in the township of Maryborough in Central Victoria assisting a peer who had taken over the huge practice and was working solo. REASONS FOR CONTINUING The reasons I have continued in rural practice include: • Need -- the statistics of dental health in rural areas do not compare well with urban health stats. Therefore, I found it a simple decision to service the need in rural areas and continue to do so. As well, a bit of experience ensured I had some confidence to get started. • A clinical experience early in my practice shaped my rural career -- a factory worker brought his daughter for much needed orthodontic treatment. I examined her and offered a referral. The father looked at me and said, "mate, if you don't do it it aint gonna get done." This accurately reflected the realities of his life. committee report 2010 Maryborough -- Drs Andrew McKay, Simon Sheed, Rachel Rinaldi-Clarke. "In May 2010, during the Rural Oral Health Advisory Panel (ROHAP) meeting, consideration was given to the reasons for the limited number of dentists taking up the opportunity to practise in rural and remote areas and the barriers limiting rural students from entering dentistry."
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