ADOHTA elects new President

New ADOHTA president Hellene Platell
New ADOHTA president Hellene Platell

Ms Hellene Platell has been elected the new National President of ADOHTA following a meeting of the National Executive.

Ms Platell brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked as a Dental Therapist and Dental Hygienist in public and private general dentistry, periodontics and orthodontics for 40 years. She has served on a number of advisory committees and working parties to advance dental therapy in WA and Australia.

Ms Platell has lent her experience to students of Dental Hygiene, Dental Therapy and Oral Health Therapy at the Curtin University of Technology as a sessional academic and clinical tutor.

Ms Platell regularly participates in Dental Rescue days organised by the National Dental Foundation. This involves pro bono work treating patients who come from violent backgrounds, suffer mental health concerns, are homeless, or who battle addictions. She has also volunteered her skills overseas on self-funded trips to improve the oral health of orphans living in Vietnam.

Ms Platell has served as ADOHTA National Councillor for WA since 2009 and prior to that has served as President and Secretary to the Dental Therapy Association of WA, National Secretary of the Australian Dental Therapy Association and President of the Dental Therapy and Hygiene Association of WA.

Ms Platell thanked outgoing President Julie Barker who announced earlier this year she would be stepping down from the role after a decade of leadership.

“Ms Barker has been an exceptional president whose leadership has steered our association into a strong position to deal with the many changes that are occurring,

I hope I may continue her work towards achieving a better dental outcome for all Australians” Ms Platell said.

Ms Barker was pleased to be able to hand the Presidency into Ms Platell’s capable hands.

“Hellene has the determination and experience to take on the organisation’s leadership and handle any challenges with aplomb. I’m confident ADOHTA will continue to grow and succeed under her leadership” Ms Barker said.

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