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ADAQ+BOQ Specialist CPD Bursary

Proudly supporting the Queensland dental profession

The Australian Dental Association Queensland Branch (ADAQ) and BOQ Specialist are proud to offer two professional development grants to Queensland dentists.

Launched in 2017, the ADAQ+BOQ Specialist CPD Bursaries aim to recognise dental practitioners that are committed to quality learning and to support their career development by funding continuing professional development.

Valued at $5,500 each, the two bursaries are available to current members of ADAQ. One bursary will be offered to a recent graduate member (with less than 5 years of work experience), and the other will be offered to an experienced practitioner (with over five years of work experience). The bursaries are 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 2020 recipients:

  • Dr Georgia Sheahan from North Brisbane Dental Clinic in Wooloowin was awarded the bursary for experienced practitioners
  • Dr Mia Zhu from John Street Dental in Redcliffe was awarded the bursary for recent graduates

"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


"As a recent graduate, I feel out of my depth sometimes when treating complex cases. To combat this, I’ve attended many CPD courses so I can solidify my skills and be confident in providing patients high quality dental treatments.

The bursary will enable me to participate in further CPD courses and stay updated with the latest knowledge so I can provide the highest quality of care to my patients."

Dr. Mia Zhu, 2020 ADAQ+BOQ Specialist Recent Graduate Bursary Recipient


Hear from one of our 2019 recipients:


ADAQ President

"The ADAQ and BOQ Specialist Bursary is now in its fourth consecutive year and we are delighted to work with a company that values the importance of continuing professional development. ADAQ is committed to supporting the dental profession and advancing the oral health of Queenslanders. Our partnership with BOQ Specialist supports us in this strategic direction."

Associate Professor Alex Forrest, ADAQ President

BOQ Specialist CEO

"BOQ Specialist has provided distinctive banking solutions to dentists for over 30 years so we deeply understand their career trajectory and the importance of continued professional development. We are proud to continue our partnership with ADAQ and through the bursary program, support dental practitioners in delivering the highest level of care and service to their patients."

Hugh Lander, BOQ Specialist CEO

2019 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



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


2018 Recipient

"I was very honoured to receive the ADAQ and BOQ Specialist Bursary in 2018. What a fantastic opportunity to be able to attend some diverse and interesting courses! I enhanced by knowledge, and was able to implement skills learnt straightaway at my practice, benefiting my team and patients alike."

Dr. Brooke Parker,  2018 ADAQ+BOQ Specialist Bursary Recipient



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