A young dentistry student who has an ambition to practice in regional areas when fully qualified is the recipient of the 2017 NSW Regional Dentistry Scholarship.
Casey Hogben of Korora near Coffs Harbour has been named as the successful applicant for the scholarship which is sponsored for the eighth successive year by the Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams and is administered by the National Rural Health Alliance.
Since 2010 Senator Williams has provided $4,800 annually to a commencing dentistry student to assist in their first year studies.
Casey completed her secondary education at Coffs Harbour and has enrolled in the Bachelor of Dental Science at Charles Sturt University in Orange.
“Regional dentistry practices are the ones where you know most of the patients, you see them every six months and you develop a connection with them.
I aim to eventually own my own practice as well as specialising where I can continue to contribute to the regional NSW area as much as I can in the way of dentistry”, Casey said.
Senator Williams said he was delighted to provide sponsorship to help Casey offset some of her costs as she sets out on an exciting career path.
He said it is important young people who are raised and educated in a regional area seek to use their skills in such communities.
The National Rural Health Alliance says Tamworth dental practitioner Richard Wise will mentor Casey offering guidance and advice during her first year studies.