ADAVB BOQ Specialist CPD Practice Bursary

The ADAVB BOQ Specialist CPD Practice Bursary, held annually, recognises and supports dental practices that are committed to quality learning through continuing professional development for every practitioner and professional staff in the practice.

The bursary consisted of a single grant valued at $10,000 to be used for professional development and training purposes, of which $2000 must be used for CPD courses and/or training programs offered by the ADAVB.

Applications have closed for the 2023 ADAVB BOQ Specialist CPD Practice Bursary and recipients will be announced soon


Congratulations to the past recipients of this bursary

  • 2022: Dr Alistair Steel, Dental Health Care
  • 2021: Dr Thivagar Nirmalann, Balnarring Dental Care
  • 2020: Dr Matt Teixeira, MHT Dentistry
  • 2019: Dr Anand Makwana, Warragul Dental Care
  • 2018: Dr Sath Saranathan, Goulburn Valley Dental Group
  • 2017: Dr Kathleen Walsh, Yarra Valley Dental
  • 2016: Dr Monica O'Malley, Your New Dentist
  • 2015: Dr William Levecke, Blackburn Dental Group

Hear from past recipients

Dr Thivagar Nirmalann, Balnarring Dental Care, 2021 recipient: “The bursary has improved our practice by helping to upskill the clinicians to provide better care for our patients both clinically and in communication. We can serve our patients better with a wider and broader knowledge base. I would encourage other clinics to apply for this bursary to help upskill their team and take their practice to the next level!”

Dr Anand Makwana, Warragul Dental Care, 2019 recipient: ''Winning the bursary has been a huge benefit to our practice. We strongly believe that our team is our biggest asset and being able to invest in the team allows our business to go from strength to strength.  My tips for a successful application include making sure you actually put some time aside to sit down and complete it. Look for gaps in your business where you think training will help elevate your team and offer new or improved services to your patients. Don't be scared to ask your team what training they would love to do, they often have the best ideas. Good luck, you have nothing to lose and plenty to gain!'

Dr Monica O'Malley, Your New Dentist,  2016 recipient: "I am very grateful to have received the bursary and the opportunities it provided. It helped me re-invest back into the business by way of kick starting a team-wide journey of personal and professional discovery. This has led to being well-placed to continue to be a resilient and innovative service in our community in a post-COVID world where nothing is business as usual."

Hear from Dr Anand Makwana, 2019 practice bursary recipient, as he talks about 'the massive boost' the $10,000 bursary gave his team and practice:

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