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Victoria is surging ahead in its support for oral health with the State health minister, David Davis, appointing a dentist to the board of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) for the first time recently.

Prof. Mike Morgan, deputy head of the Melbourne Dental School, Executive Director Oral Health Leadership at DHSV, and co-chair of the eviDent Dental Practice Based Research Network is one of eight new members appointed to the board of VicHealth.

According to the ADAVB, this is the first time a dentist has been appointed to the VicHealth Board and it signals a very welcome opportunity for a more integrated approach to oral health promotion.

The new board members are all leaders in their particular fields and bring with them specific expertise which will be used to guide VicHealth in the coming years, Minister Davis said.

The new board will continue to be lead by Jane Fenton, who has been Chair of the organisation since 2006 and a Board member since 1999. Two other existing Board members, Peter Gordon and Belinda Duarte have also had their terms extended.

Meanwhile, the ADAVB has also appointed a new President. Associate Professor Matthew Hopcraft started his one-year term last week, having been elected unopposed. A/Prof Hopcraft is Director of Clinical Education at the Melbourne Dental School. He took over the presidency from Ballarat dentist Dr Anne Stewart who gave outstanding leadership over the past year, for which the Branch has expressed its gratitude and appreciation.

Dr Gordon Burt was elected unopposed as Vice President and is joined on the Branch’s Executive Committee by Dr Jo-Anne Cherry and Dr Bob Cvetkovic. Dr Mark Bowman continues to serve as Honorary Secretary.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. A token dentist, especially an academic, is unlikely to generate the required revolution into effective tooth-brushing and therefore oral health when ninety per cent of our Earths adult population have periodontal damage. I would love to be proven wrong.

  2. The very effective chemical means of dramatically reducing decay rates through fluoridation of water supplies has nothing to do with the need to empower our population with the knowledge to help themselves to oral health, except in some parts of Parramatta?

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