ADAVB and BOQ Specialist reveal winner of $10 000 bursary

Dr Kathleen Walsh, owner of dental practice, Yarra Valley Dental in Yarra Glen was awarded the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) and BOQ Specialist Practice Bursary worth $10,000 at a ceremony on Saturday, 24 June at the Grange Cleveland Winery attended by over 50 dental professionals.


The bursary, in its third year, acknowledges dental practices committed to quality learning and aims to fund further professional development for practitioners as well as professional staff members.

ADAVB President, Dr Susan Wise, said: "The ADAVB values commitment to quality training for all staff within the dental practice so all practice staff members are involved in the best care of their patients. Our partnership with BOQ Specialist recognises that together we promote continuing education for all dental staff. This year's deserving recipient, Kathleen Walsh, and her team are committed to staff training and the value of this training has real benefits on the health of their patients and the wider community."

Commenting on the bursary, BOQ Specialist National Head of Partnerships, Dianne Stewart said: "BOQ Specialist's partnership with the ADAVB has once again recognised an outstanding recipient in Kathleen Walsh. This bursary symbolises their commitment towards learning and the pursuit of the highest quality of dentistry."

BOQ Specialist CEO, Dr Brett Robinson concluded: "Over the 25 years BOQ Specialist has provided distinctive banking solutions to dentists we have continually seen the benefits and opportunities that upskilling and ongoing training brings to practices. We congratulate Dr Walsh for her focus on delivering the highest quality care to her patients through continuous education for her and her team."

Dr Walsh and Yarra Valley Dental will be profiled by the ADAVB and in BOQ Specialist's own 'Best Practice' publication. The bursary awards $10 000 to Dr Walsh which can be utilised for training programs and registration to ADAVB CPD courses, as well as a Certificate of Recognition and a crystal trophy.

About BOQ Specialist

BOQ Specialist has been Australia's leading financial services partner for medical, dental and veterinary professionals for over 25 years. BOQ Specialist offers distinctive banking solutions to help niche clients achieve their professional and personal ambitions.

BOQ Specialist, previously Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, was acquired by BOQ in 2014 and now operates as a division of BOQ. Established in 1874 and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, BOQ Group (ASX:BOQ) is a leading regional bank.

BOQ has three core areas of activity - banking, finance and insurance, over 1900 employees and $AUD50.9 billion in total assets (as at 31 August 2016).

About the Australian Dental Association (Victorian Branch)

The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) is the voice of dentistry in Victoria. This professional association is highly respected, providing a variety of services and information to members as well as government representation, ensuring the maintenance of dentistry practice standards for the benefit and protection of the public and dental staff.

The ADAVB objectives are to promote the:

  • improvement of the dental health of the public
  • art and science of dentistry
  • highest standards of professional dental care.