The Australian Dental Council has congratulated director, Associate Professor Deborah Cockrell, who was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division in the 2022 Australia Day Honours List.
Dr Cockrell received the honour in recognition of her significant service to dentistry, to professional organisations, and to education.
She is a current board director and the current chair of the ADC’s Accreditation Committee. Dr Cockrell served as chair of the ADC Board of Directors between 2018 and 2020. She is also an active contributor of the People and Culture Committee and works as an assessor.
Outside of her work with the ADC, Dr Cockrell is a practising oral surgeon on the NSW Central Coast. She served on the Australian Dental Association (ADA) NSW Council between 2001 to 2016 and was Branch president from 2013 to 2015. With a background in academia, Dr Cockrell has extensive experience in teaching at undergraduate and post graduate levels. She has also worked on the development and implementation of a range of educational programs.
This award showcases Dr Cockrell’s passion and drive for the long-term success of the Australian dental professions. She has long been an advocate of the work of the ADC, both in program accreditation and in the assessment of overseas qualified dental practitioners.