The Australasian Council of Dental Schools is the peak body comprising the heads of all education providers in the dentistry and oral health professions across Australia and New Zealand.



Leonie Short 2016

Assoc. Professor Leonie Short
School of Medical & Applied Sciences

Professional Experience

Leonie has been awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (Wollongong), a Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy and a Master of Health Planning (NSW) and is a registered dental practitioner – dental therapist – with the Dental Board of Australia. She has worked at six universities and has helped establish Australia’s first dual-skilled Bachelor of Oral Health degree at the University of Queensland in 1998, Australia’s first new dental school for 57 years at Griffith University in 2004 and the Bachelor of Oral Health degree at CQUniversity in 2012.

Leonie was the 56th woman to be elected to the House of Representatives in the 39th Parliament of Australia in 2001, the first dental therapist to be appointed to the Australian Dental Council in 2004 and was the first dental therapist to become a member of the Australasian Council of Dental Schools in 2012.

Leonie was part of a team who developed the curriculum for the oral health therapy graduate year program (OHTGYP) in 2013 for the Department of Health and Ageing ($647,900) and was the recipient of a prize from Colgate Oral Care to participate in the Senior Dental Leaders 7 (SDL-7) Programme with the Global Child Dental Fund, King’s College London and Harvard School of Dental Medicine in March 2013 ($5,000).

Leonie is keen to progress the oral health therapy profession in terms of research, knowledge and skill development.


Boyen Huang Charles Sturt University

Professor Boyen Huang
Head of School, School of Dentistry and Oral Health

Professor Boyen Huang was appointed as Head of School at Charles Sturt University, School of Dentistry and Health Sciences, in January 2015. Before joining CSU, he held teaching and research posts at the University of Western Australia, Kyoto University and James Cook University. He is also the President Elect for the Australian and New Zealand Division of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). Furthermore, he is a journal editorial board member for three dental journals. He is also a peer reviewer for more than a dozen scientific journals related to medicine, dentistry and public health, and an assessor/panel member of grant proposals to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Of further note, he has worked in private practice as a general and paediatric dentist prior to his academic career.

Professor Huang teaches paediatric dentistry, oral health therapy, dental public health, health care management, and research methods. His research career has focused on biological and behavioural risk factors for oral conditions. A special interest is genetic variation as a risk factor for abnormality in dental and craniofacial morphogenesis, and the role of behaviour in oral and maxillofacial trauma. He supervises research students of Honour’s, Master’s, PhD and Postdoc levels.

Curtin University of Technology

Russ Kendell

Russ Kendell
BDSc(WAust), MHA(Curtin)
Head of Department of Dental Hygiene and Therapy

He has worked in hospital and private dental practice and his teaching experience includes dental hygiene, dental therapy and oral health therapy programs at Curtin and dentistry at UWA.

Curriculum development at Curtin has included the former dental hygiene and therapy programs and the current Bachelor of Science (Oral Health Therapy) program.

He is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and Honorary Life Member of the Dental Therapy and Hygiene Association of WA.

Griffith University

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Professor Robert Love
Dean and Head of School of Dentistry and Oral Health

Professor Robert Love, Dean and Head of School of Dentistry and Oral Health, is a specialist endodontist. His prime areas of research are the mechanisms involved in dentine colonisation and infection with an emphasis on molecular aspects of bacterial interactions with substances and the development of antimicrobial peptides to manage endodontic biofilms and keratin based biomaterials to stimulate regeneration of pulp and periradicular tissues.

Professor Love has been extensively involved in dental regulation and is a past Chair of the Dental Council of New Zealand and sits on committees of the Australian Dental Council, Dental Board of Australia and the National Dental Examinations Board of Canada.

James Cook University

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Professor Alan Nimmo
Head of Dentistry and Professor of Medical Science

Alan’s background is primarily in the areas of pharmacology and therapeutics. In addition to being Head of Dentistry, he holds the position of Professor of Medical Science within the College of Medicine and Dentistry. He has had significant experience in the establishment and development of new academic programs in the Medical and Health Sciences area, having played a major role in the development of new programs, such as Medicine, Pharmacy, and more recently Dentistry. With his background in therapeutics, Alan was a co-author on the “Essential Dental Therapeutics” textbook, edited by Prof David Wray.

Alan’s research interests lie in the area of inflammation, and particularly neuroinflammation. In recognition of the potential interplay between inflammatory conditions, Alan has developed an interest in the importance of maintaining good oral health in order to reduce the burden of systemic disease. Alan also has a strong interest in translational research, and facilitating clinical and commercial outcomes from academic research. He has been the founding Director of two spin-off biotechnology companies that are currently at the stage of Phase 2 human clinical trials. He is also a program leader (Clinical Research) in the Centre for Biodiscovery and the Molecular Development of Therapeutics.

La Trobe University

Mark Gussy La Trobe Uni

Dr Mark Gussy
Professor of Oral Health, Head of Department, Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, La Trobe Rural Health School

Mark is Professor of Oral Health, Head of the Department of Dentistry and Oral health and Director of Research for the La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University. His research interests centre on addressing oral health inequity in vulnerable groups including children in rural and regional Australia, innovative health service models and the involvement of citizens in achieving community level health improvement.

The University of Adelaide

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Professor Richard Logan
Dean and Head of the Adelaide Dental School

Richard Logan graduated from The University of Adelaide in 1993. He completed his post- graduate training in Oral Pathology in 1998 at The University of Adelaide and gained his PhD in 2008. In 2007, he completed the Fellowship examination in Oral Pathology with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.

His main research interest is in regard to toxicities of cancer treatment, particularly the pathobiology of alimentary tract mucositis. Internationally, he is a member of the Mucositis Study Group of the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer and recently he has been involved in the development of updated international guidelines for mucositis management.

He has engaged widely with both the dental and medical professions. He is a past President of the International Society of Oral Oncology and is a previous Chair of the Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. Richard is the current Chair of the South Australian Registration and Notification Committee of the Dental Board of Australia and also chairs the Board’s Expert Reference Group (Specialists) as well as Equivalence Assessment Panels for internationally qualified dental specialists.

In addition to overseeing undergraduate and postgraduate training in oral and maxillofacial pathology at the Adelaide Dental School for many years, Richard has also held senior leadership positions in the school including the role of Assistant Dean, Student Affairs and Deputy Head of School before being appointed as Dean and Head of School in 2018. In addition to his academic role, Richard is also a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist at Clinpath Laboratories, Adelaide, South Australia.

The University of Melbourne

Mike Morgan UMelbourne

Professor Mike Morgan
Head of School, Melbourne Dental School

Mike holds the Chair of Population Oral Health at The Melbourne Dental School, The University of Melbourne and is Head of School. He has been involved in dental education and research both in Australia and internationally. Graduating from The University of Otago in New Zealand, Mike has a PhD in dental public health and epidemiology from The University of Melbourne. His principal teaching and research interests are related to the causes and prevention of oral disease, economic evaluation and clinical trials of dental caries preventive agents. Mike has been appointed to a number of governing boards, most recently VicHealth, a state-wide health promotion foundation funded by the Victorian State Government. He is currently President of the Australian Dental Council (ADC) Board of Governors, an independent not-for- profit company appointed under the Australian National Registration and Accreditation Scheme as the designated accreditation authority for the Australian dental professions. He chairs the combined Accreditation Committee of the ADC/Dental Council of New Zealand and is chair of the Australian Health Professions Accreditation Councils’ Forum, representing all entities appointed under the national law to accredit health profession education programs in Australia.

The University of Newcastle

Jane Taylor 2016

Assoc. Professor Dr Jane Taylor
Head of Discipline, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Internationally recognised forensic dentist Dr Jane Taylor from the University of Newcastle is a leader in her field of dental identification, lending her expertise in Bali after the 2002 bombing and in Thailand following the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

Dr Taylor is currently Associate Professor in Oral Health at the University of Newcastle’s Central Coast campus. Dr Taylor is also a Visiting Dental Officer with Sydney South West Area Health Service and assists in forensic odontology at the Glebe and Newcastle mortuaries.

Her research interest includes Forensic Odontology including identification techniques, disaster victim identification and age assessment; aged care in dentistry and dental simulation.

Foundation Fellow in Forensic Odontology, Faculty of Oral and Maxilla Facial Pathology, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia 2012
PhD (Oral Health), University of Newcastle, 2009
Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle, 2007
Master of Science in Dentistry, University of Adelaide, 1992
Bachelor of Science (Dentistry), University of Adelaide, 1988
Bachelor of Science in Dentistry (Honours), University of Adelaide, 1984

Dr Taylor is a member of the Australian Dental Association, Australian Society of Forensic Odontology and Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

2001 Award for Service Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society South Australian Branch (Australia)
2002 Medal of the Order of Australia
Awarded for service in Operation Alliance in identifying victims of the Bali Bombings
2003 Fellow of the International College of Dentists
2003 Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy
2006 Overseas Humanitarian Service Award
2009 Australian Federal Police Operations Medal
2014 WACE Hall of Fame

The University of Queensland

Pauline Ford Unioversity of Queensland 2016

Professor Pauline Ford
Head of School, School of Dentistry

Pauline Ford is Head of the School of Dentistry at The University of Queensland. She commenced this role on 30 May 2016, becoming the first woman to lead the School of Dentistry in its 81 year history. Pauline was previously Deputy Head of School.

Pauline graduated from The University of Queensland in 1989 with BDSc (Hons) (University Medal). After nine years in general dental practice, she returned to UQ School of Dentistry and undertook a PhD before joining the academic staff in 2005. She has since completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Masters in Public Health.

Research and Discovery

Pauline’s research activities focus on oral health and its role in general health and wellbeing, with an interest in the social determinants of oral health. The majority of her research work is with groups who may have difficulty accessing appropriate oral health care, such as people with mental illness and the homeless community. Her research interests are the health behaviours associated with adverse oral and general health outcomes, such as tobacco use, poor diet and infrequent engagement with health care.

This research area is by nature interdisciplinary and as such Pauline has an extensive network of collaborators in academia (dentistry, allied health, medicine, psychiatry, public health) and also in the health and community services sector. This enables research questions to be relevant and collaboratively designed and also ready translation of findings to practice. Pauline has published 73 scientific articles, 3 book chapters and 1 full conference paper and has presented her research as an invited speaker at national and international meetings. Her h index (WoS) is 13 (ResearcherID: F-1232- 2010 2010); and her papers have attracted 699 citations (average 14 citations/publication); h index (Google Scholar 13/3/17) is 20 (2326 citations). She has been awarded $1.5M in competitive research grants and she has supervised a number of research students: 2 PhD, 2 MPhil, 2 DClinDent, 2 MPH, and 7 Honours to completion and currently supervising 2 PhD students.

The University of Sydney

Chris Peck USYD

Professor Chris Peck
Dean, Faculty of Dentistry

Chris Peck is Professor and Dean in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney.

Prof Peck has completed a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, a Masters in Occlusion, a Graduate Diploma in Pain Management and a PhD on structure-function relationships of the human masticatory system. His current research and teaching interests are in the assessment and management of oral and facial pain and he maintains clinical practice in pain management. Recent research includes demonstrating the effects of pain, including psychological factors, on jaw function; the regional brain activity differences of different pain types and a new classification system for temporomandibular disorders, the most common type of chronic orofacial pain.

Prof Peck is immediate past Chair of the Australasian Council of Dental Schools, President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Orofacial Pain, President of the International Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders Consortium and a Director of the Australian Dental Council.

The University of Western Australia

Camille Farah UWA

Professor Camile S Farah
BDSc, MDSc (OralMed OralPath), PhD, GCEd (HE), GCExLead, FRACDS (OralMed), FOMAA, FIAOO, FICD, FPFA
Dean and Head, School of Dentistry, University of Western Australia

Professor Camile Farah is Dean and Head of the School of Dentistry, Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA, and Professor of Oral Oncology at the University of Western Australia.

Professor Farah is a registered specialist in both Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology with sub- specialty training in Oral Oncology. He has interests in clinical oral medicine (mucosal pathology, salivary gland diseases, orofacial pain), diagnostic head and neck pathology (oral cancer and precancer), and oral and maxillofacial radiology (Cone Beam CT). He maintains a part-time private practice in Oral Medicine, is Consultant Oral Pathologist to Qscan Radiology Clinics, and Director of the Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research & Education (ACORE), where he undertakes clinical and translational research into head and neck cancer early detection, molecular diagnostics, and imaging.

Professor Farah obtained his undergraduate dental degree from the University of Western Australia, and practiced dentistry while completing a PhD in Oral Pathology & Immunology, and his specialist training in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology at the University of Queensland. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership.

Professor Farah has authored more than 135 peer reviewed publications including 17 book chapters, and has attracted approximately $6 million in competitive research funding. His research interests in oral oncology span optical imaging systems (Optical Fluorescence Imaging and Narrow Band Imaging), molecular genomics (Next Generation Sequencing), and clinical trials in early cancer detection and surgical margin delineation. Professor Farah established ACORE in an effort to leverage his academic, clinical and industry partnerships for the advancement of oral oncology translational research, personalised patient care, patient and clinician education and professional development, and overall advocacy for patients with head and neck cancer.

Professor Farah is a Fellow of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia, the International Academy of Oral Oncology, the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is Associate Editor of the “Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine” and the journal “Oral Cancer”, and a Reviewing Editor for the journal “Oral Diseases”. He is author and editor of a new textbook “Contemporary Oral Medicine”, and is a regular speaker at national and international meetings. He is a Past President of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia and served as its Inaugural President, Past President of the Australian & New Zealand Division of the International Association for Dental Research, Chairman-elect of the Australian Dental Research Foundation and past Chairman of its Research Advisory Committee.

Professor Farah has 20 years’ experience in dental academia, research, industry and the private sector. He has held various leadership roles in dental academia including Head of Department of Oral Biology and Pathology at UQ from 2007-2008, and Deputy Head of School from 2009-2012, with directorships in Teaching and Learning, Curriculum Development, Research, Clinical Services, Placements and External Affairs. Professor Farah has also owned and operated private practices in dentistry, oral medicine and diagnostic imaging.

The University of Otago

Paul Brunton UOtago

Professor Paul Brunton
Dean, Faculty of Dentistry

Professor Brunton is the Chair of the Australasian Council of Dental Schools and is the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Otago. He was previously at the University of Leeds in the UK. Paul is a UK trained specialist in restorative dentistry, prosthodontics and endodontics and his teaching and research interests reflect this.

Current research interests include: the clinical application and testing of dental materials which, recently has focused on tooth whitening; sleep apnoea and its relationship to sleep bruxism; digital technologies in prosthodontics and the treatment of tooth wear principally abfraction.