Oral Health Promotion & Public Health Chair
Ian is an Oral Health Therapist and completed a Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) degree from The University of Sydney, and has clinical experience in Public Health Dentistry at NSW Health. He recently completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) at The University of Sydney, and is passionate about Health Promotion and Health Advocacy, especially amongst adolescents linking Oral Health with General Health. Throughout his studies, he has explored the Sugar Tax as well as public health social media and mass media campaigns and is a guest speaker for the DHAA on the topic.
Ian has been a member and volunteer of the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) Ltd. and became involved in the DHAA NSW Executive since 2008. He was elected as the NSW Vice-President from 2013-2014 and NSW Acting Secretary from 2014-2016. In 2014 he was elected as the NSW National Councillor and subsequently the NSW Board Director from 2016-2017 before transitioning to his current role since 2018 as the Chair of Oral Health Promotion/Public Health Committee (OHPPHC) which is heavily involved in the Rethink Sugary Drink Alliance, a partnership between 16 allied health and community organisations concerned about tackling the over consumption of sugary drinks.
He hopes to continue to be a voice and advocate for future leaders of the profession encouraging closer ties with other allied health professionals and focusing on preventive health.