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

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 M. Love ONZM
Dean and Head of School of Dentistry and Oral Health

Professor Robert Love ONZM, 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

Janet Wallace

Assoc. Professor Janet Wallace

Acting Head of Discipline, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Associate Professor Janet Wallace is an Oral Health Therapist with extensive experience in public sector oral health and the co-curriculum author of the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy program and the current Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program at the University of Newcastle.  She is the architect and chief investigator of the translational research program ‘Senior Smiles preventive oral health program for older people living in residential aged care facilities’.

Her research interests include oral health in aged care, Indigenous oral health, paediatric oral health, scope of practice, overseas student placements, non-traditional student placements, dental and oral health simulation curriculum, nutrition and oral health, continue education for oral health practitioners.

Associate Professor Wallace is an appointed member of the Dental Council of NSW, an Australian Dental Council Accreditation Assessor and a life member of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association.  She is a fellow of the Australasian Academy of Dentistry International and   currently holds a Gladys Brawn memorial fellowship.

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

Heiko Spallek

Professor Heiko Spallek
Acting Head of School and Dean, The University of Sydney School of Dentistry

Professor Heiko Spallek serves as Acting Head of School and Dean at The University of Sydney School of Dentistry. Prior to joining the University of Sydney, Professor Spallek served as Associate Dean at the University of Pittsburgh. In 1993, he graduated as DMD from the Humboldt University, Berlin where he continued his career and was appointed in the Department of Periodontology and also received his PhD (dental material sciences). While being appointed at Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, he earned an MSBA (Computer and Information Science) in 2000. Professor Spallek’s research has as its focus the development of computerized clinical decision support tools—he published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers and a textbook for Dental Informatics. He has served and still serves as chief investigator of NIH-funded research projects that support the adherence to evidence-based dentistry principles.

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

Alison Rich

Professor Alison Rich

Acting Dean, Faculty of Dentistry

Alison is Professor of Oral Pathology at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She is a registered specialist in oral pathology and is Head of the Oral Pathology Centre, the University’s oral pathology diagnostic service.  She obtained her undergraduate dental degree from the University of Otago and received her clinical postgraduate training and subsequently her PhD from the University of Melbourne.

She is the Leader of the Oral Molecular and Immunopathology Research Group of the Sir John Walsh Research Institute and currently is the co-supervisor of six PhD and seven DClinDent students.   She is a previous Chair of the Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and is their current Chief Examiner.  Her current research interests are in the tumour microenvironment in oral squamous cell carcinoma and immune regulation in oral lichen planus.