The GWNZ Fellowship will give Grace the unique experience of learning from some of the world’s leading experts in the management of complex craniofacial syndromes. Her long-term aspiration is to become a Craniofacial Orthodontic Specialist and be able to provide specialist care for patients with cleft lip and palate. Given that 1 in 400 children in New Zealand are born with a cleft lip and/or palate, there is a high demand for expert level care. With this specialist knowledge, Grace hopes to develop an outreach program for children with cleft lip and palate in remote centres, such as the Pacific Islands.
GWNZ Fellowship and Jesse Maddison Award, 2020
Grace’s doctoral thesis in Clinical Dentistry at Otago University aims to quantify the psychosocial implications of malocclusion from adolescence to adulthood. Her degree is composed of full-time clinical and academic study along with the submission of a thesis. In addition, Grace has been offered a Craniofacial Fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and is due to start study in December 2020.