Dr Carli Westmore
10am Saturday 6 April - ELFSC
Dr Carli Westmore is a graduate of the University of Newcastle’s Open Foundation program, the Bachelor of Oral Health degree and the Bachelor of Medicine degree.
Family circumstance forced Dr Westmore to abandon her home schooling at the age of 15 to financially support and care for her large family. Of Aboriginal descent, she was one of seven siblings and three foster children.
She returned to study at the age of 22, completing her Year 10 school certificate through TAFE in 2000, before leaving her country home for Newcastle and enrolling in the University’s six-month, intensive Open Foundation program.
Juggling several casual jobs ranging from cleaning to childcare, Dr Westmore completed Open Foundation in 2004, a Bachelor of Oral Health degree in 2007, and her medical degree in 2012.
The 31-year-old is among the first cohort of students graduating this month from the University’s flagship Joint Medical Program.
Dr Westmore hopes to combine the best of dentistry and medicine to become a maxillofacial surgeon. These specialists repair and correct injuries and defects of the head, neck, face, mouth and jaws and require dual dental and medical qualifications.
Her awareness of the critical importance of oral surgery was sparked by her own painful experience where, as a child, she spent 15 years on the waiting list for an operation to reconstruct her upper jaw, which had stopped growing.
In 2008 Dr Westmore received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Central Coast Pathways Committee for her dedication to achieving her academic goals in the face of significant adversity.