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ADAQ and BOQ Specialist Practice Bursary for Dental Excellence

Proudly supporting the Queensland dental profession

The ADAQ and BOQ Specialist Practice Bursary for Dental Excellence is a professional development grant that was launched in 2017 as part of a long standing partnership between the Australian Dental Association Queensland Branch (ADAQ) and BOQ Specialist.

The  bursary is open to ADAQ members who own their own practice and have over five years of professional work experience.  The aim of the bursary is to acknowledge dental practices that are committed to quality learning and to fund further continuing professional development of their practitioners and staff members. Valued at $5,500, the bursary is to be applied towards ADAQ Continuing Professional Development events or certificate III or IV in Dental Assisting via the ADAQ Registered Training Organisation, and can be used for either self-development or development of practice staff.

Congratulations to our 2023 recipient

We are delighted to announce Dr James Gibson has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 ADAQ and BOQ Specialist Practice Bursary for Dental Excellence. Dr Gibson was awarded $5,500  to be applied towards ADAQ Continuing Professional Development courses for himself and his team.

Dr Gibson has experienced the benefits of CPD in the early years of his career, and is excited to continue his education through this Practice Bursary. Read the full announcement here.


Hear from our 2020 recipient:


2023 Recipient

“Using CPD education, talking to my friends and peers, and having a mentor, all developed my skills and knowledge. This bursary will help my team and I to help our patients. I want to thank the ADAQ, BOQ Specialist and my colleagues for helping me with my dental education!"

Dr. James Gibson, 2023 ADAQ and BOQ Specialist Practice Bursary Recipient

2022 Recipient

“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. This bursary lightens the financial load that often prevents dentists new to practice ownership from completing face-to-face courses. I am very grateful for the support."

Dr. Arosha Weerakoon, 2022 ADAQ and BOQ Specialist Practice Bursary Recipient

2021 Recipient

“This bursary gives me the freedom to explore areas of dentistry that I am interested in. It will also allow me to support my staff’s training and development needs, which will have a positive impact upon the practice. CPD has always been a priority for me. I feel a huge responsibility to every patient. That’s why I make sure my treatments and techniques are the best that are on offer."

Dr. Kylie Pearce, 2021 ADAQ and BOQ Specialist Practice Bursary Recipient

2020 Recipient

"This generous bursary gives me the opportunity to not only educate myself further, but to help educate my team. CPD is expensive, so I feel it's important for me as the practice owner to help cover these costs to ensure my team and I continue learning. Our materials, techniques and equipment are evolving at a rapid place and it is our responsibility and commitment to our patients that we keep up to date with what’s happening in dentistry."

Dr. Georgia Sheahan, 2020 ADAQ+BOQ Specialist Practice Bursary Recipient

2019 Recipient
"We were very excited to hear we were successful in our application for the ADAQ+BOQ Bursary. The bursary will benefit the whole team, not only the team member undertaking specific training. Improving the skill of one or more team members enhances the level of care and service we provide to our patients, as well as providing the team member with a sense of achievement and mastery. By continuing to enhance our skills, learn new techniques and keep abreast of the latest advances, we are able to increase the level of trust our patients have in our abilities because they know we care about ensuring they receive the best orthodontic care available, tailored to meet their specific needs." 

Dr. Faye Goodyear,  2019 ADAQ+BOQ Specialist Bursary Recipient


"Winning the bursary is a massive opportunity for our practice as it means that we can focus on upskilling our support staff. Our staff are amazing, and we want to be able to progress them in their careers and ensure they are challenged and engaged in their roles. This is not only beneficial to them, but to our practice and our patients as well. By having more highly skilled staff, we can improve our efficiencies in the practice and the quality of service we provide to our paediatric and special needs patients."

Dr. Tim Keys,  2019 ADAQ+BOQ Specialist Bursary Recipient




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