New President for the Australian Dental Association


The Australian Dental Association Inc. (ADA) has elected Dr Shane Fryer as its new Federal President, succeeding Dr Neil Hewson. Dr Fryer, has been an active participant for the ADA throughout his career and is well respected for his previous role as Vice President over the past two years and his leadership in relation to oral health promotion, eHealth, practice accreditation, infection control, preventive dental techniques and legislative change.

Dr Fryer said, “The Commonwealth Government has a bigger role to play in oral health promotion and to provide funding targeted at improving access to dental care for financially disadvantaged Australians. The ADA will continue to push Governments to improve the delivery of oral health to regional, rural and remote areas of the country”.

Dr Shane Fryer qualified as a dentist in 1980 with a BDS from the University of Sydney. He worked in a private practice in Bankstown, Sydney for five years until returning to further full time study in Orthodontics at the University of Sydney. In 1988 Dr Fryer commenced Specialist Orthodontic practice in Wollongong, NSW where he continues to practise.

In 1989 Dr Fryer become a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (FRACDS) by examination and has also been award honorary fellowships in the Pierre Fauchard Academy (FPFA 2000), the Academy of Dentistry International (FADI 2001) and the International College of Dentists (FICD 2002).

Shane was elected to the ADA NSW Branch Council in 1991 and served as Branch President in 1997. He has served on numerous Branch Committees and in 2002 was elected as an Honorary Life Member of the ADA NSW Branch.

In 1998 Shane became an ADA Federal Councillor and has been active on several Federal Committees as well as being the ADA Federal Representative on the Australian Dental Research Foundation, the Australian Dental Association Foundation and the Oral Health Foundation of the University of Sydney.

The ADA would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the newly appointed Federal Executive who comprise of Dr Karin Alexander, Dr Carmelo Bonanno, Dr Rick Olive and Dr Hugo Sachs.

Dr Fryer today paid tribute to his predecessor, Dr Neil Hewson, for his leadership and significant contribution to critical dental issues. “Dr Hewson did an outstanding job and helped pave the way for Governments to improve oral health delivery. He played a significant role in improving what is the second most costly diet-related disease in Australia”, Dr Fryer said.

“I am confident the ADA will continue its hard work in meeting the challenges involved in the developing the dental workforce and improving the Australian community’s access to and awareness of the importance of quality dental care”.

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