ADA NSW celebrates landmark 95th anniversary 

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ADA NSW 95th anniversary
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The Australian Dental Association New South Wales is honouring its highly valued members and highlighting the crucial role dentistry plays in healthcare as it celebrates its 95th anniversary. 

Having launched in 1928 with 70 members, ADA NSW now has about 5250 members across NSW and the ACT, 70 per cent of whom are registered dentists. 

“I’m honoured and humbled to be president at this landmark moment in ADA NSW’s history,” ADA NSW president Dr Rohan Krishnan said. 

“As a longstanding member, I’m proud to be part of an organisation that continually strives to raise the standards of our profession and helps me be the best dentist I can be.  

“The dental profession has changed over the years, but our members’ hard work and dedication to both their patients and the profession has not. I invite all our members to join ADA NSW in celebrating our huge achievements over the decades and help us plan future success.” 

Commemorations have included a specially themed edition of the organisation’s member magazine marking some of the important milestones in NSW/ACT dentistry since 1928. Highlights from the association’s impressive history can also be explored online via an interactive timeline of landmark moments available on the ADA NSW website

In its 95 years, ADA NSW has made a significant impact in the progression of oral health in Australia. Notable achievements include supporting the provision of dental services during World War II, driving the widespread introduction of water fluoridation in NSW and the ACT, continually evolving continued professional development, and helping unite the profession through its Division and Study Groups, networking events and regular convention. 

Other notable achievements include introducing a suite of help resources for dental practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, cementing connections with the University of Sydney and Charles Sturt University’s dental schools and other key stakeholders and industry groups, and encouraging the diversity of the profession. 

“It’s been wonderful to see the growth in diversity in dentistry,” first female ADA NSW president (2013-15) Dr Deb Cockrell said. 

“Dentistry has been radically impacted over the years by things such as technological developments, increasing regulation, economic challenges, and the impacts of policy changes from state and federal governments. ADA NSW has played a constant role, however, in empowering and inspiring members and uniting the profession.” 

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