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Federal ADA awards close 12 Oct
Honorary Life Member - For dentist made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the dental profession or to the art and science of dentistry.
Distinguished Service Award - For dentist who have rendered long and distinguished service to the ADA or to dentistry at a national level.
Award of Merit - For people who are not dental professions who have rendered long and distinguished service to the ADA or to dentistry at a national level.
Honorary member - For recipients who have distinguished themselves in dental or allied sciences, or who have provided distinguished service to the Association or to the promotion of any science or who have advanced the interests of the dental profession.
Valuable Service Award - For people who have rendered a valuable service to the ADA or to dentistry at a national level.
Outstanding Young Dentist Award - under 35 year old - sign. contribution to ADA and or dentistry ADAVB awards close 28 Feb
Honorary Life Member

Grad yearName
1974 Margaret Stacey
1980 Jo-anne Cherry | Deb Cole | Anne-marie Vincent
1981 Eryn Agnew | Pamela Dalgliesh
1982 Felicity Waldlaw
1983 Louise Brown, Karin Alexander (has honary life member ADAINC)
1984 Petrina Bowden | Ramini Shankumar
1988 Denise Bailey | Rebecca Wong
1990 Rachel Martin
1994 Susan Wise | Som-Ling Leung
1995 Felicia Valiantis
1998 Sharonne Zaks
2000 Anne Harrison
2003 Sarah Chin, Anu Polster
2004 Lisa Jamieson
2005 Mihiri Silva
2010 Maria Angeliki (Angie) Nilsson, Samantha Lew
2012 Alice Gubbins
2014 Christina Jovanovic



Eryn Agnew

BDS (Otago) [1980], MDS (HK)[1987], MRACDS (Perio), ANZAP, FICD
Australian Dental Council - examiner
ADAVB as a Community Relations Officer (CRO) and Professional Consultant
- At the coalface of taking calls from distressed or stressed members who are faced with complaints from patients or complications of treatment, she offers an overview of the work of CROs and suggests options for management of the issues
Member of Professional Standards Panels for the DPBV.

Denise Bailey

BDS (Manchester) [1988], MSc (Lond), Grad Cert Clinical Research (Melb)
Australian Dental Council


Louise Brown

Honorary Prof- Univ of Adelaide 2021
Clinical A/Prof -University of Melb 2021
Adjunct A/Prof Charles Sturt Uni Dental School - Part-time 2021-
Adjunct Prof -Latrobe Uni 2021-
Dento-maxillofacial radiologiest

Petrina Bowden

BDSc(Melb) 1984
Winner of the E B Nicholls Prize [1982]? and the Alan Docking Award. [1980]? The University of Melb)
Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons [1988 ]
Trained at St. Vincents Hospital in major trauma and medically compromised patients [1985].
ADA NT Branch -former treasurer.
Clinical supervisor at the University of Queenslad, Griffith University
Examiner for the University of Queensland
Examiner and Accreditor for the Australian Dental Council
ADAQ - former councillor

Volunteer work :

Jo-Anne Cherry

BDSc (Melb) 1980
Preclincial Laboratory DemonstratorPreclincial Laboratory Demonstrator University of Melbourne - School of Dental ScienceUniversity of Melbourne - School of Dental Science 2005 - Present -17 yrs 1 mo

Various positions held at the ADA at federal and Victorian level, including
ADA Federal Infection Control Committee (2015 - current)
ADAVB Honours and Awards Committee (2015 - current)
ADAVB Past President (2013)

Volunteer DentistVolunteer Dentist Rotary Australia - Vietnam Dental Health Project (2016)

Sarah Chin

Academic Lead in Periodontology- Masters of Dentistry Course La Trobe University Mar 2013 -Apr 2015
Lecturer in Periodontics University of Melbourne Jun 2015-Present


Deborah Cole


Chief Executive Officer of Dental Health Services Victoria for nine years
-VBHC to improve the community’s access to quality and equitable oral health
Past Chair of the AHHA
- pioneered the introduction of value-based health care (VBHC) to reform the Australian health system.
Chair of the Australian Centre for Value-Based Health Care(link is external) advisory group
Non-Executive Director of HESTA (representing AHHA as an employer guarantor).
Past CEO Calvary Health Care
Past CEO Yarra City Council
Senior executive positions at Mercy Health and St Vincent’s Health.
Director of The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne from 1995-1999
Senior positions at the South Australian Dental Service.
Board director and treasurer of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association
Board director of Hessel Care Foundation
Dental Practice Board of Victoria
Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association.
HESTA Roles and Responsibilities

Other Roles and Responsibilities




Pamela Dalgliesh

BSc(Melb) [1981], Cert Dental Therapy
Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International
Fellow International College of Dentistry
Past President ADAVB
Board Goulburn Valley Health, Shepparton
Board -The Health Issue Centre
Board -Dental Health Services Victoria -Audit and Risk committee and is Chairman the Safety and Quality committee
Foundation of Victorian Women's Dentists Association
Registration and Notification Committee of Dental Board of Australia
Board of Management for the Mansfield District Hospital

Charity work: refugees from Africa and Burma, in metropolitan and regional Victoria
Community Development Facilitator for Luthern Church

Anne Harrison


Som-Ling Leung


Rachel Martin




In 2017 co-founded the Australian Network for Integration of Oral Health. Aim is improving population health through the integration of oral and general health. NIOH has cross-sectoral representation throughout Australia and leads the country in thought leadership and activity in the integration of oral health and general health. NIOH members are leaders from universities and industry across Australia. Committed to building the body of translational research in this area. This is the research that will have the greatest impact on the health of Australians.
Development of the World Cavity Free Future Day "Choose Water" campaign, which won the Alliance for a Cavity Free Future Global Award in 2017
Chair and creator of Where the Mind Meets the Mouth conference series
Research and Program development, Integration of Oral Health and General Health
Managed the Hall Technique Study in Victoria, Australia

Ramini Shankumar

BDent Surgery 1984, Grad diploma Health Management- Monash Uni

Adjunct Lecturer - Monash Uni 2018-
Director Dental Services -Monash Health 1991 - Overseeing 30 dental clinics across seven sites.
Manage over 100 clinical staff

Marg Stacey


Felicia Valiantis

MD Diploma Dentistry 1995, Certifical Advanced General Dentistry 1997-Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Fac of Dentistry
Australian Dental Council Certificate, 2000
Fellowship RACDS 2008
Master of Health Management 2019
GAICD 2020 Australian Institute of Company Directors
Fellow of the International College of Dentists
Honorary Lecturer at the University of Melbourne 2011-
General Manager Dental and Medical - 2001 Link Health and Community
Board of Directors ADC
Senior Examiner ADC

Dr Felicia Valianatos is an experienced general dentist, executive manager and a passionate advocate for professional excellence.
Board of Directors ADC


Anne-Marie Vincent


Felicity Wardlaw


Susan Wise


ADA Inc - Valuable Service Award 2021
President of the Australian Dental Association (Victorian branch) in 2017-2018.
First Jewish woman and the first mother with primary school aged children to take on the role of President.
Oversaw the development of a new strategic plan for the ADA that has streamlined operations going forward, making the plan more user-friendly and the association more likely to engage members.
Mentor young women in the professions
President in 1997 Jewish dental group call Alpha Omega.
President of the Periodontics society.
Secretary at the Women Dentists Association.
ADAVB Oral Health Care Committee for twelve years.
Secretary of the Korean Adoption Families Society.

Rebecca Wong

BDSc (Melb)1988, MDS (Pros) 1996, PhD (Dentistry)[2009], Grad Cert Dipolma Teaching, Adult and Continuing Ed and Teaching (2016), Master of Clinical Education, Health/Health Care Admin/Management (2017)

FICD International College of Dentists, MRACDS Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, Australia , FRACDS Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons

Malay Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review

Deputy Head of Scholl (Melb Dental School) 2020-
Interim Head of Specialist Pros (RMDH) part-time 2009-
Director of Teaching and Learning 2007-
Adjunct Prof La Trobe Rural Health School 2020-

Sharonne Zaks

BDSc 1998
Awarded the final year prize in periodontics (1998)
Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy (FPFA) 2020
Fellow of the International College of Dentists (FICD) 2020
Australian Dental Association Victorian branch (ADAVB) Dentistry Achievement Award 2021

Teaching internationally trained dentists across many fields of dentistry.
https://zaksdental.com.au/news-and-media/ Lots of info

Sharonne has a special interest in working with anxious/ phobic patients and survivors of trauma, who occupy a large proportion of her clinical time. Sharonne has further interest in the fields of periodontics and oral surgery.