ADAVB Chief Executive Officer's Comments
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Moving on
 
The past month has seen a spate of retirements and resignations announced from several high-profile people across the dental profession in Victoria. Rest assured though that I am not going anywhere!
 
Professor Mike Morgan is retiring as the Head of Melbourne Dental School at the end of this year, having taken on the role in 2014. Mike has been at the Dental School for more than 30 years, and has played an important role in public dental health teaching and research over that time. He has been a particularly strong advocate for water fluoridation in Victoria, and served on the ADAVB Council, eviDent Board and DPBRN committee.
 
Dr Deb Cole is retiring as the CEO of Dental Health Services Victoria, a position she has held for the past nine years. She has overseen a transformation of public dental services over that time, with a particular focus on value-based healthcare and improving dental service delivery across the community. This has seen a growth in the public dental sector to meet the needs of vulnerable patient groups, often with complex dental needs.
 
Professor Mark Gussy has resigned from the Head of Dental Department at La Trobe University to take up a position overseas. Mark has continued to develop the La Trobe Dental School during his tenure and ensure high quality dental graduates continue to be trained across regional Victoria.
 
Professor David Manton has resigned as the Elsdon Storey Chair of Child Oral Health at the Melbourne Dental School to take up a position overseas. David has made an enormous contribution to the dental profession, having commenced at the Dental School in 2002. Through his collaborative research and teaching across paediatric dentistry, preventive dentistry and orthodontics, he has influenced many dentists and dental specialists. He has played an important role on various committees for the ADA and delivered many continuing professional development programs for the ADAVB. 
 
On a personal level, I have worked closely with Mike, Dave, Deb and Mark over many years, and wish them well in their various new ventures. 
 
Dental Health Week
 
August can only mean one thing: Dental Health Week. This is our opportunity to shine the light on our profession and the amazing work that our members do, as well as engaging with the community to educate about the importance of good oral health and regular dental attendance. We will be undertaking various activities across the state, supporting student-led initiatives to promote oral health and providing media commentary on oral health. 
 
It’s also important for all members of the profession to amplify this message, using your own practice communication channels to spread the Dental Health Week message ‘How is your oral health tracking’. 
 
Changing community attitudes and behaviours takes time, and we need to ensure that oral health messages are consistently heard in all aspects of public life.
 
Further information on Dental Health Week can be found at www.ada.org.au/Dental-Health-Week/Home.
 
A/Prof Matt Hopcraft
ceo@adavb.org
 


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Clinical A/Prof Matthew Hopcraft
BDSc MDSc BA PhD FICD
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