ADAVB Chief Executive Officer's Comments
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Calling on all members: Get involved

Sometimes the hardest shoes to fill are those of someone who has been so successful. And so it is that I have the unenviable task of taking over the reins from Garry Pearson, who has been ADAVB CEO for the past 26 years.

‘I am excited to be stepping into the role as CEO and continuing my service to the dental profession.’

Many dentists in Victoria have only known one ADAVB CEO – myself included – and Garry is not only synonymous with ADAVB in the eyes of many within our profession, but also to the multitude of stakeholders in government, higher education, and the community and welfare sector. One of the many achievements for which we have to thank Garry is his work in building relationships with a large number of people and organisations to the benefit of our association.

I am excited to be stepping into the role as CEO and continuing my service to the dental profession.

My first involvement with the ADAVB (other than being a member) was joining the Continuing Professional Development Committee as a representative of the Melbourne Dental School in 2003, just after I had moved back to Melbourne. I recall turning up to the Annual General Meeting the following year to find out what the ADAVB had been doing for me as a member. Coincidentally, there was a casual vacancy on Council, and Garry approached me later to find out if I was interested in stepping into the vacancy, which I did in 2005.

I was fortunate through my 12 years on Council to serve a term as President in 2011–12, and have two years as a Federal Councillor at ADA Inc., as well as serving on the Oral Health Education Committee and Public Dentistry Committee. I guess it’s not hard to see where my passions in dentistry lie.

The biggest surprise for me in my first week on the job is the enormity of the role. As a Council member, you get to see only a fraction of what the management does, and then later as the President you get more of an opportunity to peek behind the curtain. You read the council papers, briefings, financial reports and meet the staff who are doing all the work. But that in no way prepares you for how much work actually goes on behind the scenes to ensure that the ADAVB is working for our members.

‘To advocate for the dental profession and the community, we need a strong and committed association. The more engagement we have from members, the better we will be able to represent you.’

In the first couple of weeks I have had meetings with the auditors, financial planners, lawyers, Professionals Australia, Guild Insurance and our key staff members responsible for membership, finance, advocacy, continuing professional development, communications, community relations and professional consulting, Practice Plus, and committee and office support. An extremely hardworking team for sure.

The ADAVB is a membership association. We exist to serve the members. Our mission statement sums up our role: ‘The ADAVB is committed to the oral health of all Victorians and the professional lives of its members’.

To advocate for the dental profession and the community, we need a strong and committed association. The more engagement we have from members, the better we will be able to represent you. So, join a committee. Attend group meetings. Provide feedback and input into submissions. Make your voice heard, so that we can make your voice heard. A strong representative body can help to represent the profession in a way that a weak body cannot.

Clinical A/Prof Matt Hopcraft



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Clinical A/Prof Matthew Hopcraft
BDSc MDSc BA PhD FICD
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