Sinking their teeth into GV Health
Published at: 21 Feb 2020
TWO DENTAL GRADUATES HAVE JOINED THE TEAM AT GOULBURN VALLEY HEALTH'S COMMUNITY DENTAL SERVICE. TOM MACKEY AND FILOMENA PERRI BEGAN THEIR ROLES AT THE END OF JANUARY AFTER COMPLETING THEIR TRAINING WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE.
Two new faces are among the staff at GV Health’s Community Dental Service. Dentists Filomena Perri and Tom Mackey were this year’s successful applicants for GV Health’s graduate dental positions.
The pair said they decided to apply for the roles after spending five weeks at GV Health last year, completing placement.
GV Health Dental Services Practice Manager Lorraine Olsson said the graduate program had been running for about 15 years at GV Health and each year they took on a number of graduate dentists.
“It’s a pretty prestigious position; a lot of people always talk about it and say you should definitely apply for it,” Dr Mackey said.
He said it was completing placement at GV Health last year that cemented his desire to apply for the program.
“It’s very supportive here,” he said.
Ms Olsson said the dentists were basically exposed to every patient scenario at GV Health, which she explained was a public dental service.
“As students (they) get exposed to so much more; we expect (them) to do more,” she said.
“We have a mentoring program; there’s team support and they’re part of a large environment and are exposed to general dentistry under general anaesthetics and our outreach service.
“They work independently seeing patients on their own — but there is always support.”
Dr Mackey said there was also support through the Telehealth service which enabled them to engage with a metropolitan-based specialist via video with their patients.
“We’ve got cameras so (the specialists) can see exactly what they’re talking about; it’s like having a specialist in the room with you and they can talk (the graduates) through the process and show them whatever is needed.”
She said they were among about 40 applicants to apply for the positions, including international graduates.
“They took part in our training program then applied (for the graduate position) and interviewed and were our successful candidates.
“They interviewed really well and we thought they’d be good a fit.
Ms Olsson said GV Health was among the health services affiliated with the University of Melbourne, where the graduates completed their tertiary studies.
Having spent most of their lives in Melbourne, they said they were both enjoying the regional lifestyle in Shepparton.
“My partner has moved up here as well,” Dr Mackey said.
“It’s really nice just to relax up here. We’re enjoying it.”
Dr Perri said she and Dr Mackey had both recently joined a local gym and were embracing the regional lifestyle.
“It’s a different way of life here but it’s relaxing though,” she said.
They said the commute to work had been extremely enjoyable with little traffic and congestion.
A bite-sized look at GV Healths dental service
WHAT GV HEALTH DENTAL SERVICE DOES
The GV Health Dental Service is a spacious 12-chair dental clinic which provides care to people of all ages and includes space for those who wish to accompany patients to their appointment.
Eligible patients include those:
• With a valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or their dependants
• Who are refugee/asylum seekers
• Under 12 years, or in primary school
• Eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Scheme
The Dental Service includes:
• Community dental program
• Child and family dentistry and early childhood oral health
• Youth dental program
• Oral health promotion
• Outreach service to local kindergartens and aged care facilities
The Dental Service is proud to be a teaching facility, combining local public dental programs and the teaching of dental science students from the University of Melbourne.
GV Health has also partnered with the University of Melbourne to provide free treatment to all patients seen by dental and oral health students.
These students are in their final year and fully supervised by a qualified dentist.