Testimonials

I would like to express my sincere thanks for all your help, support and cooperation in the planning and facilitating of the Child Safe Organisations Workshop in Brewarrina, Bourke and Walgett. Over the three days three were a total of 51 people who attended the workshops. The feedback from the workshop and the presenters has been very positive and encouraging.

In your work if people express the need to learn more about child safe please feel free to contact me on 92867202 or visit our Child Safe section of the website at: http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/become-a-childsafe-organisation We have also recently launched a number of new resources that you and your stakeholders may find helpful at http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/publications-and-resources/fact-sheets

Thank you once again

Myriam Bahari | Team Leader Community Engagement | Office of the Children's Guardian


I really enjoyed the locum here and thought that the clinical service was very high quality - that included the standard of medical records, the excellent recall system, and terrific camaraderie amongst the clinical team!

Dr Graeme Mulvey


As a 26 year old Irish Dentist I decided to take a year out from the rat race and spend 12 months on a working holiday visa in Australia. While I enjoy the sites and nightlife of Sydney it was somewhat hard to come across regular employment which is basically the same type of work as back in the UK. I was looking for an alternative and was lucky to fi nd it in the outback of NSW in the picturesque town of Walgett.

I spent two months (June and July of 2006) working within the Aboriginal Medical service. They have an excellent, modern up to date two surgery Dental clinic attached the medical block. I was somewhat surprised to the standard of equipment and materials available. The support staff were immensely helpful, friendly and courteous, nearly all of whom were from the local aboriginal community.

The patients came from various backgrounds in and around the surrounding districts some coming from nearly 200Kms away. The need for treatment was consistently high varying from restorative composites/amalgams to serial extractions and dentures. There is a lot of attrition/erosion in the area due to high consumption of fi zzy drinks and citrus fruits, many patients needing composite build ups or over-dentures. As a sole practitioner I found I quickly became profi cient in extractions some of which needed surgical invention. It allowed me to develop and improve these various skills.

Walgett itself has a good sense of community and I was often greeted by patients while doing my grocery shopping. I was also asked to a birthday party and met many people I had treated a few days previously. The nightlife is a little quiet but I was always asked / heavily persuaded to any of the social functions. A pub quiz in aid of the local primary school was an excellent and fun way to catch up with the rest of the locals, and the “Sporto club” on a Friday night was a good place to sip on a beer and watch the footy!

The free accommodation was a well equipped three bedroom house that would look good in any large town, and the use of a company car meant I got to travel quite a bit and see the surrounding outback towns. I got to visit The Opal mining town of Lightening ridge, the cotton production in Narromine, the open plain zoo in Dubbo, and there is some excellent hiking in the Warrumbungle national park which I went to on a few visits.

All in all it was an excellent experience and the Aussie folks in outback NSW will certainly make you feel welcome and encourage you to stay longer, if the opportunity arrises it’s a must to. If you are interested in having an experience like this in australia contact Australian Dentist Job Search.

Mark McAfee BDS (Queens University Belfast, graduated in 2003)

Walgett, NSW


"I wanted to thank you for all your help and support during my placement at Walgett AMS. It was such a wonderful and eye opening experience, and I look forward to returning in the future. The staffs at AMS were very accommodating and a pleasure to work with. I really admire their hard work and dedication to serve the community.

This opportunity has been one which I will cherish, and I would like to thank you for taking me on board! Please let me know of any other placements in community dental clinics which I could participate in.

I look forward to hearing from you soon."

Kind Regards

Mahnaz Khan

Oral Health Therapist

Paediatric Department | Sydney Dental Hospital


"Since 2005 I have made an annual trip to Walgett to work for one month with WAMS in their two well appointed and fully equipped dental surgeries.

The WAMS dental team includes a receptionist and two dental assistants. The work is broad in scope and very different to day to day dentistry in an urban practice. WAMS is run by indigenous and non-indigenous staff for indigenous and non-indigenous patients. Most work is crisis related due to poor diet, an excess of cariogenic food and acidulated ‘soft’ drink. Current prevention strategies include a well established program of healthy breakfasts for children followed by supervised teeth cleaning or ‘brush ins’ at the local school. There is no other dental facility in the town and Walgett is not yet flouridated.

WAMS hopes for a full time dentist but presently offers opportunities for short term and ‘sabbatical’ clinicians. For dentists looking to extend their professional experience, to live in a rural or remote location or to contribute to improvements in indigenous health, WAMS offers a unique opportunity.

For our stay, my wife and I are provided with comfortable and attractive accommodation – a spacious, furnished and well equipped house – and a car for our use. We enjoy our time in Walgett and always look forward to returning."

Rick Smyth B.D.S. (Sydney University)


"As a 26 year old Irish Dentist I decided to take a year out from the rat race and spend 12 months on a working holiday visa in Australia."

While I enjoy the sites and nightlife of Sydney it was somewhat hard to come across regular employment which is basically the same type of work as back in the UK. I was looking for an alternative and was lucky to fi nd it in the outback of NSW in the picturesque town of Walgett.

I spent two months (June and July of 2006) working within the Aboriginal Medical service. They have an excellent, modern up to date two surgery Dental clinic attached the medical block. I was somewhat surprised to the standard of equipment and materials available. The support staff were immensely helpful, friendly and courteous, nearly all of whom were from the local aboriginal community.

The patients came from various backgrounds in and around the surrounding districts some coming from nearly 200Kms away. The need for treatment was consistently high varying from restorative composites/amalgams to serial extractions and dentures. There is a lot of attrition/erosion in the area due to high consumption of fizzy drinks and citrus fruits, many patients needing composite build ups or over-dentures. As a sole practitioner I found I quickly became proficient in extractions some of which needed surgical invention. It allowed me to develop and improve these various skills.

Walgett itself has a good sense of community and I was often greeted by patients while doing my grocery shopping. I was also asked to a birthday party and met many people I had treated a few days previously. The nightlife is a little quiet but I was always asked / heavily persuaded to any of the social functions. A pub quiz in aid of the local primary school was an excellent and fun way to catch up with the rest of the locals, and the “Sporto club” on a Friday night was a good place to sip on a beer and watch the footy!!

The free accommodation was a well equipped three bedroom house that would look good in any large town, and the use of a company car meant I got to travel quite a bit and see the surrounding outback towns. I got to visit The Opal mining town of Lightening ridge, the cotton production in Narromine, the open plain zoo in Dubbo, and there is some excellent hiking in the Warrumbungle national park which I went to on a few visits. All in all it was an excellent experience and the Aussie folks in outback NSW will certainly make you feel welcome and encourage you to stay longer, if the opportunity arrises it’s a must to. If you are interested in having an experience like this in australia contact Australian Dentist Job Search.

Mark McAfee B.D.S (Queens University Belfast, graduated in 2003)


The School of Medicine received recognition by the LIME (Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education) Network at the annual conference in New Zealand last week. Jenny Akers and I proudly accepted the award in the category of “Leading Innovation in Community Engagement” for the Year 5 Indigenous Health attachment on behalf of the School of Medicine and our AMS’s Community partners.

This program would not have developed without the advice, support, encouragement and commitment from our AMS’s Community partners and staff during the year. Through our time travelling around NSW visiting your service, establishing and developing our relationship with you and your community, has allowed us to develop a program that will enrich our student’s medical education, now and into the future, as they learn about, and continue to contribute to the work for Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations and the communities they serve.

Cris Carriage (Indigenous Program Officer, University of Western Sydney)


Hi Annette and team at Goonimoo.
I just wanted to say thankyou for all your hard work getting the preschool at Carinda up and running.
Jack has really enjoyed his time there with you all and I just wanted to let you know how much I have appreciated the service being available for him, I have no doubt that having access to another day at preschool will help Jack prepare for the changes ahead next year as he heads off to school.
Thanks for all the fun times jack has shared with you over the last couple of years and we wish you all the best for the future.
Sincerely

Jayne Burke


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