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Australasian Section Induction Ceremony Brisbane April 2011.

Posted May 03, 2011

On a clear humid morning on the 1st April 2011 the Australasian Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy met for its traditional breakfast in conjunction with the 34th Australian Dental Congress in Brisbane, Queensland. With over 100 participants the meeting was chaired by Section Trustee, Dr Patrick Meaney. Special guests included leaders in many facets of the profession throughout Australia. These were:

• Dr. Derek Lewis Chair, Local Organizing Committee Brisbane Congress • Dr. Rod Marshall Chair, Scientific Committee Brisbane Congress • Dr. Shane Fryer President, Australian Dental Association Inc. • Dr.John Lockwood, President Dental Board of Australia • Mr. Robert Boyd-Boland CEO ADA Inc • Ms. Tanya Vogt, Chief Executive Officer, Dental Board of Australia • Dr. William Winspear Past International President PFA • Dr. Jonathan Rogers Past Australasian Section Trustee • Mrs Simone Rogers • Dr. Matthew Fisher, CEO ADA (NSW)Branch

Our audience also included a significant number of both past Federal and State Presidents of the Australian Dental Association. The Section report occasional address was given by incumbent Section Trustee Dr. Mark Sinclair. He commented on some current facets of the Academies work and assistance programs as well as bringing the best wishes of International President Dr. Hubert and President-Elect Dr. Joe Harris. The meeting afforded the opportunity to induct 19 new fellows in person with a further 11 in absentia. They were warmly welcomed into the Academy and presented with their certificates, pins and medals. This meeting also enabled the conferring of two special life member awards to two highly deserving individuals. Dr. William (Bill) Winspear was the first non North American International President of the Academy. He was Australasian Section Trustee for many years and to a large degree the current strength and profile of the Academy particularly in Australia, owe much to Bill’s efforts. In June 2010, his contribution to both the profession and society in general were publicly acknowledged by conferring an Order of Australia Award which represents the highest civil accolade in the Australian community. Dr. Jonathan Rogers from South Australia has been a long time servant of the Academy especially in the role of Australasian Section Trustee. He single handedly was responsible for the admission of the great Australian orthodontist and academic Dr. Percy Raymond Begg into the PFA Hall of Fame. This Award ranks this Australian with the greatest names in dentistry over the centuries and Jonathan's endeavours are both acknowledged and appreciated. On conferring and accepting their awards both Bill and Jonathan spoke to the assembled audience and voiced their appreciation to and respect for the Academy. The writer also wishes to acknowledge the guidance and assistance of the other Section Trustees, Drs. Clausen, Meaney, Sawyers and Prof. Paul Abbot. I consider myself lucky to have such a supportive group guiding the actions and involvement of the PFA. Following the breakfast a brief meeting of the Trustees took place with a strategic plan being developed for the year ahead. It would be hoped that the footprint of the Academy can be enhanced leading to our next induction in Melbourne in 2013.

Dr. Mark C. Sinclair BDS LLB PFA Australasian Section International Trustee