The peak body for dentists in NSW and the ACT, the Australian Dental Association New South Wales (ADA NSW), has elected Dr Michael Jonas as its new president.
A dentist with more than 40 years’ experience, Dr Jonas was formerly vice-president of the organisation and replaces Dr Kathleen Matthews, whose two-year tenure as president has ended.
Dr Jonas, who was voted president by the ADA NSW Council on 1 October, has been a rural-based practitioner for more than 30 years and a longstanding member of ADA NSW’s council. He played a key role in the successful introduction of water fluoridation in Gunnedah, where he owned a practice for several years and is chair of ADA NSW’s Filling the Gap charity, which provides pro bono treatment to vulnerable patients.
“I am proud and delighted to be ADA NSW president, following in the footsteps of some terrific predecessors,” Dr Jonas, who currently works in private practice in Tamworth, north-west NSW, said.
“With about 5000 members across the NSW and ACT, NSW plays a hugely important role in advancing oral health.
“ADA NSW achieved a 96 per cent membership retention rate over the financial year 20-21, which underlines how much our members value our services. I look forward to supporting them further through my presidency while ensuring more Australians understand the importance of oral health and its connection to overall wellbeing.”
Dr Rohan Krishnan, who works in private practice in Sydney’s North Shore and is also board director of Filling the Gap, has been elected as the organisation’s new vice-president
Dr Krishnan has been actively involved with the Association since graduating with honours in dentistry from the University of Sydney in 2013. He is currently an honorary clinical associate lecturer at the University of Sydney and has contributed to ADA NSW in several leadership roles, including chair of the ADA NSW Recent Graduates Committee and member of the Advocacy Committee.
“I look forward to working closely with Michael, the ADA NSW board and staff to further empower our members and help promote the importance of oral health.
“Advancing dentistry is huge passion of mine and I am thrilled to have become ADA NSW vice-president,” Dr Krishnan said.