Final call for nominations for the World Dental Hygienist Awards  

Oral healthcare company Sunstar has announced a final call for nominations for the World Dental Hygienist Awards (WDHA). Partnering with the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH) to re-launch the award after a three-year hiatus from the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants can nominate either themselves or a colleague to be in with a chance of winning before the nomination closes on 15 Jan 2024.

World Dental Hygienist Awards
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First established in 2007, the WDHA recognises and honours the work and accomplishments of dental hygienists who have made significant contributions to the dental hygiene field. The WDHA ceremony will be held at the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Seoul, South Korea, in Jul 2024.

“IFDH is proud to be continuing its involvement with Sunstar since the very beginning of this valuable program in 2007. The only global meeting place for Dental Hygienists – ISDH – has provided a unique and appropriate setting for the excitement when these distinguished awards are announced,” said president of IFDH, Wanda Fedora.

Professionals outside of the European or the North American region are still eligible to compete for the WDHA and can apply directly on the Sunstar Foundation website, without a proceeding competition. The WDHA are split into six categories in which the nominee can choose from either: public health, full time clinician, academia, entrepreneur, new RDH and research.   

“We are delighted that the World Dental Hygienist Awards are returning in 2024 as the sixth edition of the awards. To acknowledge and recognise the significant efforts of worldwide registered dental hygienists is incredibly motivating and inspiring to not only the current industry, but to the past and future professionals too, and we look forward to welcoming all entries,” said director of the Sunstar Foundation, Mayumi Kaneda.

All nominations across the six categories will be judged by independent selection committees. For this award, dental hygienists compete for global recognition, a money prize and a trip to Seoul, Korea to be celebrated at the 2024 ISDH.  

A total of six winners will result from each of the European Awards of Distinction and North American selection, and each of them will receive €1,000 and will be automatically nominated for the Global World Dental Hygienist Awards. Those selected from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania will go directly as a nominee to the Global World Dental Hygienist Awards.

A trophy will be presented for each category at the ISDH. In addition, each recipient will receive US$1,500 prize money and reimbursement for their participation to ISDH, including full registration and coverage of travel costs. The Sunstar Foundation will determine the travel allowance to be paid. The award winner is responsible for making all travel arrangements him or herself.

Furthermore, ahead of the WDHA, a new regional Award of Distinction was created in partnership with the European Dental Hygienist Federation (EDHF) and supported by the Sunstar Foundation to celebrate the achievements of European dental hygienists. This European award, as well as its North American counterpart, acted as a ‘qualification round’ to the World Dental Hygienist Awards created in partnership with Sunstar and the IFDH.

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