Committees and Special Interest Groups

The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia has a wealth of expertise and passionate members in committees and special interest groups to support the Board and our membership in many practice areas. They provide relevant advice to the DHAA Board, develop policy, deliver education and practice support to the profession. They also represent the DHAA on relevant external groups and projects within their area of expertise.


Oral Health Promotion and Public Health Committee

The Oral Health Promotion and Public Health Committee advocates, promotes and creates awareness for oral health as an important part of general health wellbeing. This is conducted through making oral health a shared responsibility for all (health) professionals and to reduce inequalities in oral health by improving oral health literacy to the general public and access to preventive oral health care. The Committee advocates strongly for a paradigm shift from the traditional reactive treatment approach to a preventative approach in oral health. It provides advice to the DHAA Board on all matters pertaining to oral health promotion, disease prevention and oral health literacy. It oversees the implementation and maintenance of the DHAA oral health promotion, public health plan and consumer website. The Committee has built an ongoing working relationship and collaborates with many like-minded organisations including the Public Health Association Australia (PHAA).

Chair: Ian Epondulan


Aged Care Special Interest Group

The Aged Care Special Interest Group provides expert advice to promote and support DHAA members to practice effectively in meeting the special clinical needs for elderly patients. The Group builds expertise and capacity in aged care practice through education and development of new models of care. The Aged Care SIG is a strong advocate for a new funding and practice model to address the significant service gap across the ageing population. It also works collaboratively with other organisations including the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) in pursuit of our common goals.

Chair: Lynda Van Adrighem


Rural and Remote Special Interest Group

The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia is aware that a large percentage of the population lives in rural or remote areas and are distanced from dental services. The Rural and Remote SIG advises and supports the DHAA and its members to capture the opportunities available to either establish new programs or enhance existing services to rural and remote communities. The Rural and Remote SIG collaborates with organisations such as the Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) Advisory Committee to advocate and implement appropriate education and service programs to meet the needs of the rural and remote communities.

Chair: Lyn Carman


Special Needs and Vulnerable Persons Special Interest Group

Established in October 2019, the Special Needs and Vulnerable Persons Special Interest Group is the newest SIG in the DHAA. The group was formed in response to the increasing awareness of the clinical and socioeconomic challenges faced by both clinicians and health service managers. The Special Needs and Vulnerable Persons SIG plans to take an active role in raising the awareness of our members to the needs of our target patient groups, and to support our members in relevant oral health services specifically designed for those with special needs or vulnerabilities. Members of the SIG work closely with the Australian Society of Special Care in Dentistry (ASSCID) to achieve our common goals.

Chair: Margie Steffens OAM