Committee members are derived from each of the representing schools and their student societies to provide input and representation of students in their respective schools. The Committee always strive to obtain balance and understanding and cater for students from all participating universities.
The executive body is responsible for leadership, liaison with fellow dental organisations and other health student organisations as well as the evolution and continuation of the committee.
Being one of the youngest national student associations in Australia, it has been a great pleasure for me to witness and be involved in ADSA’s growth and development over the past 2 years. For 2017, it will be an even greater honour to serve our student community as President, as I hope to build and expand on all that we already have.
Apart from continuing the amazing accomplishments made by those before me, I would personally like to focus on solidifying ADSA’s ties with Oral Hygiene and Oral Therapy students by providing tailored opportunities and increasing student engagement in our events. In addition to this, my objectives include: supporting the wellbeing of our student peers, extending our community work by getting involved with a nominated charity, establishing relations with international student bodies, and enhancing our financial standing to contribute to ADSA’s future developments.
Pre-dentistry Nicole dreamt of becoming a Jedi whilst completing a Bachelor in Clinical Science. In my previous life, I never imagined myself becoming involved in extracurricular clubs/associations, nor did I want to, but somehow I’ve found myself in various committees throughout my time at Uni. Currently in my third year of dental school and still wishing I had the force with me.
Outside of this year’s endo grind, you’ll most likely find me chilling with friends and family, finding new places to eat and drink, playing soccer, listening to music, hitting up festivals and concerts, and (who am I kidding?) you’ll probably catch me at a party or two. In a nutshell, I’m a friendly, laid back person, but I do work hard to play hard.
I’m currently a 4th year student at Adelaide University studying Bachelor of Dental Surgery. I was previously a pharmacy student at University of Sydney. I’ve been heavily involved in various university committees, previously the Treasurer of ADSA 2016, IT Officer – Insight 2014 & 2015; Community Aid General Committee Member – AUDSS 2014
My personality is fun, easy-going but competitive at times. I’m a major movie & TV buff. One of my other hobbies is bushwalking – some of the places I’ve checked to: Royal National Park, Mermaid Pools. Outside of studies, travelling is great fun – I’ve tackled some of Asia and USA already, next one would be Europe.
Reason why I chose my position and what I hope to accomplish:
Having been the Treasurer in 2016, I can see there’s still a lot of room for growth in ADSA. Not only in size, but in the different directions too. We had our fair share of obstacles this year, so now I feel more prepared to take these and new ones on. ADSA has the potential to influence and engage students on a grand-scale. Becoming more of a national body, then just convention, is another.
As secretary I aim to generate great communication and unity within the ADSA committee. I hope to ensure smooth functioning through organisation, a proactive attitude and by supporting the President and other committee members in their respective roles. As a member of the committee I intend to improve on the foundations set by previous committee’s and to find new ways to reach an abundance of dentistry students.
Like many teenagers, all I wanted to do after high school was travel and have fun. This resulted in 7 gap years instead of 1, lots of travel and plenty of great experiences. During this time I worked as an international flight attendant, the perfect opportunity to travel and enjoy life. After several years of flying I decided it was time to work towards a new career, hence my transition into Dentistry.
My aim in life is to find the right balance between working hard, being a dentist and also enjoying travel, food and sharing great experiences. I am a massive foodie and could talk about food all day. I’m always keen to try and scope out a hidden gem or sample something that I haven’t had before, during the 2016 ADSA convention I tasted jellyfish, something I’d never tried before and if I’m honest, probably something I will not be having again any time soon. I look forward to what the next few years has to bring
Born in Melbourne, I consider myself a reasonably approachable and laid back person that likes to work hard whenever required. I have lived around the world in Norway, England, Scotland and the USA and am currently attending Charles Sturt University; love all sports especially water sports such as surf lifesaving and waterpolo, and thus have competed at an international level in swimming at the Pan Pacific Games. In my life i’ve acquired a passion for travelling and scuba diving which i pursue whenever holidays are given. However having a background in carpentry and cabinetmaking as well, a fair decent amount of my free time at home is in the workshop building furniture, some of which has been featured in the Melbourne Museum. I come to you as the new treasurer with 2 years of schooling in business management and experience as a bartender/party planner; therefore looking forward to working with the ADSA committee to make the 2017 convention a fun but educational experience for all in attendance.
Immediate Past President
Cheryl X. Chen
University of Queensland
When I’m not sitting in the dental chair, I can be found sitting in dimly lit cinemas, in front of an easel, or as the only person under the age of 60 in attendance at a theatrical production. The only thing I spend more time doing than studying teeth is dancing – whether it’s in the studio, in the club, or in front of a crowd of thousands. I’m also slowly eating my way through a gigantic list of hip cafés, so if you ever find yourself famished and/or parched in Brisbane, hit me up!
About Me: A city-slicker born and raised in the heart of Melbourne, I am now residing in the rural town of Bendigo completing my second year of Dentistry. Once a gym enthusiast, I recently ditched the weights for the pavement, and I have never felt more sore. In my spare time, I am either indulging in a bit too much online retail therapy or I am creating disasters in the kitchen. And when I am back in Melbourne, you can always find me on the Melbourne food scene, in one café or another, eating my way through life one bite at a time.
Sad following rejection into med school however now realised Dentistry is my dream career, I am a dental student at Latrobe Bendigo. I’m easy to talk to, love meeting new people and making friends. The current TV shows I’m watching are: Suits, Rick and Morty, and House of Cards. Wishing to start Sherlock and Game of Thrones. Huge fan of anything made by Tarantino or Nolan. Loves any subgenre of edm music though also appreciative of other genres. Never been a fan of Bendigo life, misses Melbourne enough to go back weekly. Knows many good Melbourne cafes. Outside of uni, I’m a fairly active Pokémon Go player who owns a Dragonite. Find me battling at gyms in Bendigo.
Why choose position
I love tinkering with anything tech related and the website officer role seems to suit me perfectly. I own a few domains myself and have managed a website in the past. I wish to be more involved with the ADSA and holding this position allows me to help out with my skills.
What you hope to accomplish
Improve the website until it is better than the medical student association’s webpage (AMSA) and make it more mobile friendly. Also make it more organised and aesthetically pleasing. Otherwise just general maintenance and updates.
About me: Born in Singapore to Chinese parents, I have been a proud Brisbanite for 8 years. I am currently in the third year of my dentistry degree at UQ. When I am not in clinic or furiously studying for the next assessment, you can find me sketching, painting, drawing, making jewellery, browsing DeviantArt, or flailing around in the back row of the dance classes at my local gym. But let’s be honest, everything I do is to distract me from the long wait of the fourth season of Sherlock.
About me: I’m currently a second year student at La Trobe University, Bendigo. I was born in a small town in South Africa and moved to Melbourne just over 5 years ago. Growing up I was constantly exploring the outdoor life and hence I have built a passion for travel and sports. When I’m not studying, which is most of the time (lol), I thoroughly enjoy cooking and aimlessly walking around my neighborhood in search of Pokémon.
ADSA has a lot to offer in terms of extended education outcomes such as the convention, volunteering opportunities, scholarships and more and I aim to keep students informed about the range of opportunities available to them. I also hope to reinforce ADSA’s reach and presence at all dental schools through Articulate which provides a means of connecting dental students across Australia.
Former Queenslander, now living in New South Wales. Outside of dentistry, I mostly spend time indulging in food as well as going on adventures with friends and family. I tend to procrastinate a lot putting together potential itineraries in the hopes that I can travel and check these off sometime in the future. I also enjoy shooting hoops or kicking the footy around whenever I can. I also love Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Doctor Who.
About me: Born and raised in Sydney, I’m a second year student studying a Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy at the University of Newcastle. Previously, I completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Immunobiology at the University of Sydney. I am heavily involved with the University of Newcastle Oral Health Student Society (UNOHS) having run as president for two consecutive years. Outside of university, I thoroughly enjoy traveling, meeting new people, trying different cuisines and spending time with family and friends.
University of Adelaide
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An Adelaide uni student but a Melbournean at heart. I’m a cross between a thrill seeker and a hermit. I love adrenaline activities and travelling, but because that costs a lot, you can generally find me around food, exercising so i can eat more food, and catching up with friends over food. Second to food, laughter is a life necessity for me, as I think it should be for everyone.
If it’s not just me that scrolls over the same ADSA post/email over and over because 1. It’s informative and 2. It’s just down right amusing, then I will feel some-what accomplished in this role
La Trobe University
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Why Hello There! My name is Rojina and I am a second year Dentistry student at La Trobe University. So a little bit about myself, I am an avid lover of French culture: French poetry, French New Wave Cinema, French literature, French pretty much everything. I thoroughly enjoy Rimbaud but do take pleasure in exploring the many works of Simone de Beauvoir, Gustave Flaubert and Albert Camus as well. In my spare time you’d probably find me on a Tennis court or beside a Ping Pong table serving.
Furthermore, I am truly passionate about dental puns and will make it my mission to post as many as possible on the ADSA Instagram and Facebook page this year! Make sure to check out our social media pages at around “tooth-thirty” for the best puns. Anyhows I hope all of you cheeky party animals, or should I say “party enamels” have a fantastic year ahead of you! ☺
La Trobe University
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It is a huge privilege to be able to join the ADSA family in 2017. In my role, I will try my best to assist Jeffery Ding, the Sponsorship Officer, to maintain existing and foster new relationships with our generous sponsors. After witnessing how enjoyable the ADSA convention was in 2016, I want to give back, by working collaboratively to provide the best opportunities and experiences to the ADSA community.
Originally from Adelaide, I am now a second-year dentistry student studying at La Trobe University. When not engaged in my studies, you will often find me immersed in Melbourne’s exciting food scene or spending quality time with family and friends.
La Trobe University
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I’m a Sydney girl and have moved to La Trobe University, Bendigo to study Dentistry (currently a 2nd year student). I was amazed when I first arrived to Bendigo to see so many kangaroos lingering outside my room window!
Dancing is my favourite hobby along with reading crime-based novels when I get a break from studying. At the moment, I’m practising for an upcoming Indian Classical dance concert, which marks a major milestone. Singing has always been my passion from a young age.
I have a lively and determined personality. I also work as a swimming instructor during my university holidays. This has really made me gain a growing love for interacting with people of all ages.
William Hong #1
University of Melbourne
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I am a 2nd year student at the University of Melbourne studying the Doctor of Dental Surgery. I am privileged to be a part of the only national body representing Australian students in dentistry and oral health as I feel I can lend my knowledge and skillsets to continue the growing success of ADSA, as well as gain some invaluable experience.
In my spare time I like to play all types of sports, especially futsal, which I play a couple times a week. I enjoy music and play the guitar, which I have been self-teaching for 1.5 years. I like to listen to rap and my favourite artists are Kendrick Lamar, Vince Staples and Anderson .Paak.
I have a passion for software engineering, having rebuilt and designed a few websites. My goal is to assist in the website redesign and improve the existing infrastructure, utilising my previous experiences. William #1
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Born and raised in Adelaide, but made the move to the Gold Coast to complete my Dentistry degree at Griffith University. Currently, I am in my 3rd year and so far have been enjoying every bit of it.
I like to think that I am very laid back, easy going and friendly. I am always up for a good laugh and joke, even when times are hectic.
Outside of Dentistry, I enjoy all things all things social – from hanging at a friend’s place to shopping and dining out to having a good night out at bars. I am not so much of an active person, but I try every once in a while to go on a hike or run. I am also a keen traveller and an adrenalin junkie, and it is my goal to go sky diving and bungy jumping in the near future.
La Trobe University
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Born and raised in Melbourne, now in my third year of dentistry at La Trobe Bendigo. Outside of dentistry, I enjoy naps, badminton, food and naps. Oh, and did I mention napping? When I’m not studying, I can often be found in kebab shops searching for the best Halal Snack Pack, or spending my dreams of home ownership on smashed avocado in various cafes.
Oral Health Subcommittee
La Trobe University
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A second year BOH gal studying at La Trobe University, I love swimming, jamming to sick beats, and Netflix and chilling of course. I take a relaxed outlook on life, but am very determined once I set my mind on a goal. Being a meme queen, I have a bit of a cheeky sense of humour, so if you see me around, feel free to say hey because I love making new mates!