ADA Congratulates Dentists Recognized in Australia Day Honors List

The ADA would like to warmly congratulate the following dentists in recognition of their considerable services to Australian dentistry and to the health and well-being of the wider Australian and global community. These dentists have been recognized as part of the 2022 Australian Day Honours.


Dr. Andrew Edward CATERMOLE RFD (Victoria)

For an important service to dentistry through periodontic education and to professional organizations.

After serving as President (1978-1981) and also Federal Councilor and Committee Member of the Australian Society of Periodontology, Dr Andrew Edward Cattermole maintained a significant involvement with the University of Melbourne Dental School as a clinical demonstrator Principal, Periodontics (since 1975), a Postgraduate Clinical Demonstrator and Examiner in the Postgraduate Periodontics Program (since 1985) and as a Clinical Consultant, Periodontics, Melbourne Dental Clinic (since 2012). He was also a BDSc and DClinic Dent Periodontics Examiner (1985-2012), Honorary Senior Clinical Demonstrator in Periodontics (1973-2015), Honorary Clinical Demonstrator, Department of Community Dentistry (1988-2000) and Honorary Senior. Clinical Demonstrator, Department of Conservative Dentistry (1973-1988), plus a number of other roles. Dr Cattermole has also worked with the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne, University of Adelaide, Dental Health Services Victoria, Royal Children’s Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital, in addition to serving with the Australian Dental Association as member of the board, as chairman of the Victorian Directorate General and on a number of key committees.

Joint Associate Professor Deborah Jane COCKRELL (NSW)

For an important service to dentistry, professional organizations and education.

An internationally trained oral surgeon with a doctorate in dental education, Joint Associate Professor Deborah Cockrell AM is an experienced national and international specialist dental practitioner with over 30 years of leadership experience, working in a wide range of contexts including academia, community services, public and private practice. Spouse A/Prof Cockrell has developed and delivered a range of educational programs, served on the ADANSW Council from 2001 to 2016 and was the first female President of the ADA NSW Branch from 2013 to 2015. Australasia Representative to the Pierre Fauchard Academy International Board of Trustees, Spouse A/Prof Cockrell is currently employed as a Professional Officer/Approved Person with the Dental Council of NSW and is both Director and Chairman of the Dental Council Accreditation Committee Australian. She maintains her research interests as Director (Oral Health) of the Center for Education and Research in Aging (CERA), at Concord Repatriation and General Hospital.

Dr. John William CURTIN (Victoria)

For significant service to oral and maxillofacial surgery, dentistry and professional associations.

Having worked extensively with the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (IAOMS) and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ANZAOMS), Dr John William Curtin has also served to several committees of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. A member of the Australian Dental Association, Dr Curtin has held a number of positions at both the Victorian Branch and Federal level, as well as roles within the Federal Department of Health and the Department of Oral Surgery, of Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, University of Melbourne. A Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, International College of Dentists, Dental Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons of England and Academy of Dentistry International, Dr Curtin has worked in private and public practice and has received a number of awards including the Distinguished Service Award from IAOMS, ANZAOMS and the IAOMS Foundation, 2015.

Professor Marc TENNANT (Western Australia)

For significant service to tertiary dental education and professional associations.

Professor Winthrop, University of Western Australia and former Associate President, now Vice-Chair of the UWA Academic Council, Professor Marc Tennant is the Director and Founder of the International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity, as well as the Former Assistant Professor at James Cook, Bond and La Trobe Universities. The author of over 250 peer-reviewed publications, he has been a Fellow of the College Board of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, Examiner-in-Chief, Primary Fellowship Examinations RACDS and Lecturer and Examiner in Histology/Anatomy, RACDS for over two decades. Working Group Member, National Oral Health Plan #1, COAG Health Council and Past President, Western Australian Branch, International Association for Dental Research. Professor Tennant is a member of the State Consulting Board – Australian Council of Healthcare Standards, as well as Certified Surveyor (and International), 2008-2021 – Australian Council of Healthcare Standards. Appointed a Fellow of the Brocher Foundation, Switzerland, and of Saint Catherine’s College, Western Australia in 2014 and 2015 respectively, Professor Tennant is a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International and the International College of Dentists, in addition to being a recipient Meritorious Service Award, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and Excellence in Service Award, Health Consumers’ Council of Western Australia.

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