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DR. RICHARD SAWERS
Dr Rick Sawers began his education with home schooling on the family sheep station in the north east of South Australia, before completing his secondary education at an Adelaide college boarding school and his dental degree at the University of Adelaide Dental School. He moved into his own private practice as a general dentist. He became the President of the Australian Dental Association (SA Branch) and subsequently the Chairman of the South Australian Dental Services Board. He was the inaugural Chairman of the South Australian Foundation for Dental Education and Research, overseeing the philanthropic arm of the University of Adelaide Dental School. He has been President of the South Australian branch of the Seattle Study Club and Inaugural Chairman of the Clinical Oversight Committee for National Dental Care. He is currently International Past President of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and Australasian Treasurer of the International College of Dentists as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International and the American College of Dentists. His non-dental activities have included Chairmanship of the Parkside Primary School Board and membership of the Northern Carers Board of S.A. He is currently a member of the St Peters Cathedral Music Foundation, the St Peters College Foundation and the St Peters College Board of Governors. His services have been recognized with a Distinguished Service Award from the SA Dental Association, a Distinguished Service Decree and a Meritorious Service Award from Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity and by his appointment as a Member of The Order of Australia by the Governor General, the Queens representative in Australia. He still enjoys dental practice, golf, farming his property in the mid-North of South Australia with his wife, Bec, and he loves spending time with his 6 children and 7 grandchildren.