Podcast gets teeth into Oral Health studies

Published:04 August 2020

Oral Health student Chloë Benedickter shared her study journey on Brace Yourself, the Australian Dental Students Association podcast.

Hosting a podcast was a new challenge for Rockhampton’s Chloë Benedickter, but the passionate Oral Health student made the most of the chance to get connected with others in the sector, amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Chloë, with fellow CQUni students Emma-Kate Westaway and Britney Kilsdonk, featured on a recent episode of Brace Yourself, a podcast from the Australian Dental Students Association (ADSA), sharing their experience of study and preparing to work in the dental sector.

“I wanted a career that I could grow in, and further my qualifications and skills,” she said.

“After being a Dental Nurse for so long, I’m eager to be the one to plan the care and what is best for my patients, and to become more hands-on to help people improve their health.”

“Being in the industry, I realise how many people don’t take their oral health into account and how it affects their overall general well-being.”

Listen to CQUniversity's Brace Yourself episode here.

Originally from England, Chloë moved from the Gold Coast to Rockhampton to take on further study in 2017.

She’d already completed CQUniversity’s popular Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program by distance education, earning a direct pathway into an Allied Health degree, before transferring into the three-year Bachelor of Oral Health.

Chloë has been an ADSA student representative since 2019, fuelled by her passion for community, and success supporting events like RUOK Day and Dental Health Week.

“The podcast was a challenge and something I had never done before, but I was happy I got to chat with such lovely people who I probably wouldn’t have spoken to otherwise!” she said.

“It also made me realise how much I enjoyed being a CQUni representative, and how much I was missing it with no events happening COVID-19 restrictions.

“Doing the podcast was a great idea to stay connected with our ADSA members.”

Chloë is back on campus at CQUniversity Rockhampton North now Term 2 has commenced, and is looking forward to completing placements that were put on hold due to coronavirus.

“Not being able to plan, and the uncertainty during lockdown was very distracting and challenging as I was in a great routine before lockdown,” she said.

“But I feel that COVID-19 has presented some unexpected positives for me as it has given me time to get in touch and reconnect with friends and family around the world.”

And Chloë has global goals for her career, too.

“Hopefully, after graduation I’d like to gain experience in a practice – and then eventually, I’d love to go to Europe and open my own dental practice,” she said.