Michaela ONeill, president of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) has been elected to the board of directors for the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH).
The move sees Michaela become the first active BSDHT president to be elected to the prestigious position, where she will serve as IFDH secretary until 2019.
Michaela said: ‘It is a real honour to be elected to the board of directors of the IFDH and I look forward to representing the interests of dental professionals from the UK and around the world.
‘The IFDH is a leader in advancing our professional profile globally and it’s not every day that the UK has the opportunity to have its voice heard at international level within dentistry. I will serve within my role with enthusiasm and commitment to help further the aims of the IFDH.’
The IFDH is an international non-governmental organisation that brings dental hygiene associations from around the world together in the common cause of promoting dental health. It celebrates its 30th anniversary later this year.
Michaela added: ‘Over the last three decades, the IFDH have been successful in bringing together dental leaders from around the word to further the dental hygiene profession. They have achieved this by promoting dental hygiene, incorporating latest research findings into the profession and successfully promoting the oral health profession globally.
‘As well as my continued commitment to the BSDHT I am looking forward to representing our members on a larger scale and incorporate exciting current and future ideas into the UK’s dental hygiene landscape.’
The mission of BSDHT is to represent the interests of members and to provide a consultative body for public and private organisations on all matters relating to dental hygiene and therapy. It aims to work with other professional and regulatory groups to provide the highest level of information to its members as well as to the general public.