Graduate to head Australian Dental Association

31 January 2011

An alumnus of the University of Sydney, Dr Shane Fryer, has been elected as the Federal President of the Australian Dental Association.

Shane Fryer qualified as a dentist in 1980 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery. He worked in private practice in Bankstown for five years until returning to further full time study in Orthodontics at the University receiving his Master of Dental Science in 1988.

He became a teacher at the University in 1982 when he was appointed as a senior part-time tutor for the Department of Operative Dentistry. From 1989 to 1993 he was a senior part-time tutor for the Department of Paediatric Dentistry and in 1994 this Department appointed him as an Honorary Specialist Clinical Associate.

Dr Fryer has been a long-term member on the Council of the Oral Health Foundation at the University, serving on the inaugural Council.

In announcing the appointment the Australian Dental Association emphasised Dr Fryer's respected leadership role in oral health promotion, e-health, practice accreditation, infection control, preventive dental techniques and legislative change.

Commenting on his plans for his position at the Association, Dr Fryer said, "The Federal 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 Association will continue to push governments to improve the delivery of oral health to regional, rural and remote areas of the country," he said.

Dr Catherine Groenlund, Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at the Faculty of Dentistry, congratulated Dr Fryer on his achievement and his contribution to the University of Sydney.

"The Faculty of Dentistry is extremely appreciative of Dr Fryer's generous donation of his expertise and his long term commitment of service to the faculty," she said.

"As an alumnus of the University, Dr Fryer has continuously participated actively in encouraging and guiding us forward with our teaching mission and assisting in the promotion of our Foundation.

"The leadership positions he has been rewarded with are a tribute to his professional work and well deserved recognition of his graduate attributes. The Faculty wishes him well in his important leadership role as Federal President of the Australian Dental Association.

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 and is also a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of Dentistry International. He has been Vice President of the Australian Dental Association for the past two years.

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