The Committee


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.


Executive Committee

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.

President
Jeffrey Ding
La Trobe University
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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 fourth year of Dentistry. I enjoy nothing more than immersing myself in the challenges that comes with treating each individual patient; exploring the complexity of their needs and hopefully providing a meaningful experience. In my spare time, I am either indulging in a bit too much online retail therapy or I am amassing a plethora of seemingly useless facts from YouTube. My dream is to one day plunge myself into the world of dent-repreneurship and innovate my way through life one idea at a time.

Goals:

As the ADSA President, my major goal for 2018 is to innovate, innovate and innovate. As the ADSA continues to grow, I would like to work closely with my committee and support them in every respect to reinforce past initiatives as well as nurture new ideas. I hope to continue to widen the reach of the ADSA to ensure that all dental and oral health students across Australia can reap the benefits of being an ADSA member and make sure that there is a little bit of something for everyone.

Vice President
Cindy Zhou
University of Queensland
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About Me:
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! My experience as Media and Community officer last year has shown me how rewarding it is to be a part of an association that brings together dental and oral health students from all across Australia.

Goals:
My goal as Vice President this year is to further facilitate interactions between students from different states and cities by hopefully introducing an end of year social event to bring everyone together (watch this space!). I’d also like to promote ADSA’s presence amongst external professional organisations and liaise with them to represent the interests of all dental and oral health students.

Secretary
Sheryl George
La Trobe University
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About Me:
I’m an Indian, born in South Africa, living in Australia, I consider myself a global citizen who enjoys travel, food and photography. 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, I’m on YouTube trying to recreate makeup looks and quickly realising that I’m glad I chose to pursue a future in dentistry.
I have been involved with ADSA as a university Rep, Rural Officer and most recently elected as Secretary. I believe that ADSA, along with each of our fabulous members, has the potential to have a great impact on the future of dentistry. Alongside the committee, I’m certain that 2018 shall bring many more exciting and new initiatives.

Goals:
As ADSA Secretary I hope to collaborate with each committee member, maximise communication and ensure that everyone is informed and are well equipped to reach their goals. I aim to ensure that we as a committee advance the foundations set by the past committees and ensure that we approach 2018 with proactive, organised and enthusiastic manner.

Treasurer
Aran Ravishanker
Charles Sturt University
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About Me:
I was born in Canberra. Outside of dentistry, I enjoy playing cricket, and if I’m not playing I’ll be supporting Sri Lanka play, and I also enjoy bike riding and hiking. I like to get involved with committees and clubs in our university as well. If I’m indoors, you’ll find me always either listening to music on repeat or watching Indian movies. I have a passion for aviation, and my goal is to work towards earning a pilot’s license after I graduate. I also love travelling overseas and exploring new cities and cultures. Otherwise I enjoy spending time with friends and family.

Goals:
I aim to build on the fantastic work of the previous committee and treasurer who provided us with a stable financial position, and strengthen and expand our ties with sponsors. I also aim to work towards creating more guidelines and set financial practices for ADSA so that we operate in a financially sustainable manner in all our programs in the future. However most importantly, I would like to assist the committee in increasing the breadth of benefits and programs available to our members in this coming year, and assist in ensuring the Perth convention in particular is as enjoyable as possible.

Immediate Past President
Nicole Contemplacion
Charles Sturt University
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General committee

Website Officer
William Hong
University of Melbourne
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About Me:
I am born and raised in Melbourne. In 2015, I completed my Bachelor of Biomedicine, majoring in Health Informatics. Currently, I am a 3rd year student at the University of Melbourne. It is a privilege to be a part of the only national body representing Australian students in dentistry and oral health.
When I get some reprieve from the wonderful world of dentistry, I enjoy playing the guitar and playing futsal with friends.

Goals:
As Website Officer, I aim to continue the brilliant work of the website revamp, and promote the website to allow a greater number of students discover the boundless resources contained within.

Sponsorship Officer
Jennifer Tran
La Trobe University
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About Me:
Passionate, quirky and determined are the words I would use to describe myself. After taking a gap year at the end of year 12, I began my dental journey. My name is Jennifer and I am a third-year dental student studying at La Trobe University. Originally from the humble city of Adelaide, I now find myself enjoying the contrast between the regional charms of Bendigo and the hustle and bustle of Melbourne. When I get a spare moment from the grasp of university life, you will find me with mother nature along Bendigo’s tranquil lakes and the luscious parks. On the weekends, I take the time to satisfy my tastebuds by discovering Melbourne’s enticing flavours one plate at a time or spending quality time with my family and friends.

Goals:
The sponsorship role is the best way to give back to the dental society. As the 2018 Sponsorship Officer I will work collaboratively with the ADSA committee utilising my interpersonal skills and insight gained from my previous role on the subcommittee team. My goal for 2018 is to continue relationships with sponsors who have previously put their trust in us and foster new long-lasting relationships. I promise to work hard to bring to light all the opportunities that the ADSA has to offer to our generous sponsors so our student members may enjoy an unforgettable experience with our student organisation.

Media Officer
Phillip Nguyen
La Trobe University
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About Me:
Originally from Adelaide, I left my friends and family in 2017 to move to the rural town of Bendigo in pursuit of my dream of being a teeth fixer-upperer. Though only early into the profession, I am absolutely loving it! In my spare time, you can find me standing on chairs in hipster cafés taking flatlays of food (follow me on Insta @phirrup_ 😉 ). I also love my music and having a bit of a boogie to some funky tunes (come to Convention 2018 to be amazed)!

Goals:
I am so passionate about connecting dental and oral health students all across Australia through ADSA’s social media platforms. My aim is to increase the presence of the organisation, growing the outreach and following of our platforms; encouraging students to engage in discussions about relevant issues, participate in fun competitions. With the assistance of the 2018 committee, I am certain that more exciting initiatives will be implemented, further linking students in the profession.

Design Officer
Lina Zhou
University of Queensland
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About Me:
It is my great honour to continue my role of Design Officer with the 2018 Committee. In my time not working on ADSA design, I am a final year dental student studying at UQ, improving my skills through struggles. When I do get spare time, you can find me tendering to my plants and fish, smearing paint on paper, volunteering, indulging in my addiction to bubble tea, head-banging to music, playing dota, or exercising.

Goals:
In 2018, I hope to build on my experience, and improve the quality of ADSA’s graphics and videography with the help of my very capable sub-committee members. In addition, look forward to ADSA-made dental T-shirts and stationeries for you to low-key show your love for dentistry.

Rural Officer
Hannah Kim
Charles Sturt University
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About Me:
I am a 3rd year CSU Dentistry student (2018). I was born in South Korea and moved to Wollongong in 2005.
I’ve wanted to become a dentist even before I moved to Australia but I never had a reason why, it stuck with me for a good 10 years. But after my first work experience at the dentist for a week in year 10 I knew why. Seeing the dentist treat, interact and relieve the patient from their pain helped me realize the huge capability of dentists which can be rewarding and the ability to help another person comes with great responsibility.
To go on with more “serious” facts about me, I am going to list things I am a huge fan of (because it’s important); Roger Federer, FRIENDS, Michael Bublé, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and many more movies. Enjoy!

Goals:
As the Rural officer of the ADSA Committee, my goal is to share and voice the passion towards oral healthcare in rural areas in the hope to encourage and motive our fellow colleagues all around Australia.
Also, aiming to help create more opportunities for dental students to get involved in improving oral health in rural regions of Australia, going beyond their boundaries and away from their normal day to day routines to reach out into the community and become a part of building better healthcare around Australia.
I hope to also provide information about updated issues and challenges associated with rural healthcare including the benefits of rural placement.

Publications Officer
Terence Lau
La Trobe University
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About Me:
Originally from Melbourne, now in my fourth year of dentistry at La Trobe University in Bendigo. Clinic and studying for assessments has meant that I’ve never been more sleep deprived. Outside of dentistry, I enjoy naps, memes, naps, badminton, naps, listening to bad music, naps and spending time with friends and family. Oh, and did I mention naps? Despite knowing how bad they are for me, I have a weakness for sweetened drinks, and you can often find me waiting in line for my next hit of bubble tea goodness.

Goals:
I aim to build on the work of previous Publications teams, to keep you updated on the latest news in the dental industry, and the issues affecting us, as future dental professionals. I hope to provide tips and tricks to make your journey through dental school easier, as well as updates on other universities, to keep the ADSA family connected. I also hope to expand ADSA publications beyond articles and newsletters to include a video series, providing appealing content to increase readership.

Oral Health Officer
Alinda Lee
University of Melbourne
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About Me:
I am originally from Perth, however currently a 3rd year Bachelor of Oral Health student studying at University of Melbourne. Within the University, I had the privilege of being a representative for my cohort, an oral health rep of the Melbourne Dental Student Society (MDSS), and currently a member of the Dental Graduate Student Committee (GSC). Three words to describe me are optimistic, reliable and caring. I believe in a work-life balance to maintain a healthy holistic health. Hence in my spare time, I’ll be exploring different places to eat with friends, running with the latest hits (or top 50 on Spotify), watching movies (I’m a sucker for romantic comedies), and volunteering to give back to the community.

Goals:
What I want to achieve in 2018: As the 2018 Oral Health Officer, I strive to strengthen the relationship between all students part of ADSA, with ADOHTA and DHAA. My goal is to create a supportive group of oral health hygiene and therapy students across all universities in Australia to provide a medium for communication, and increase oral health involvements within the association. In collaboration with the awesome ADSA committee members, I aim to make 2018 a fantastic year with new opportunities for oral health students to integrate with the dental students in all events (if not, most events).

Community Officer
Siva Prakash
La Trobe University
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About Me:
My name is Siva, and I am currently a third-year dentistry student at La Trobe University in Bendigo. In my spare time, when I am not studying, I am cooking. I love trying to make new and unique foods as food is universal, and can bring people together, helping to boost community spirit.
Goals:
I am passionate about ADSA, as I like how the organisation manages to have a very large reach whilst still maintaining a close sense of camaraderie that can be seen at ADSA events like the annual convention. This is done through the sense of community spirit that ADSA, and as the Community Officer for 2018, I aim to maintain the community spirit which has been with ADSA for a long time, whilst till attempting to increase it through initiatives I plan to roll out this year. The first initiative is an ADSA Volunteering award, which celebrates and awards hardworking dental and oral health students who volunteer in their community through dentistry and oral health initiatives to make their community a better place for all. The second initiative I wish to complete this year is an initiative akin to that rolled out by many medicine student societies, the ‘Teddy Bear Hospital’. I plan to call this the ‘Teddy Bear Dentist’. This is done in the hopes of increasing exposure of students to paediatric patients, and allowing them to improve their communication skills, which will be essential when dealing with such patients.

Education Officer
Jonathan Nguyen
Charles Sturt University
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About Me:
Born and raised in Sydney, I’m currently a 5th year dental student at CSU. Coming straight from high school (where I must admit I did not do much in terms of extracurricular activity), I never thought that I would doing the things I am doing today. Aside from my engagements in various clubs and societies at uni, I now find myself being a part of the ADSA family, having been involved in organising the 2017 ADSA Convention in Sydney and now in my new role as Education Officer.
Outside of the dental building, you will either find me exploring various food outlets or trying out my skills at baking (haven’t burnt anything down yet which is a good sign I guess haha). Aside from that, I do enjoy watching the occasional TV show or movie though I have a bad habit getting hooked onto one near exams.

Goals:
There is so much to know about dentistry that it hard to even learn a fraction of it at whilst at university but as health professionals, one of the things we are committed to is lifelong learning. Continual professional development is something that most of us don’t think about until we graduate but I hope to provide an insight into what it is all about through the ADSA Talks initiative. As educational officer, I aim to work with your local associations to bring in-demand speakers to a screen or lecture theatre near you.

 

Subcommittee

Design Subcommittee
Amy Fan
University of Queensland

Design Subcommittee
Eric Kook
Griffith University

Design Subcommittee
Lim Li Yang
University of Queensland


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.

Sponsorship Subcommittee
Romulus Tan
University of Melbourne

Sponsorship Subcommittee
Subin Moon #1
University of Queensland


William #1

Website Subcommittee
Ivy Wu
University of Queensland

Publications Subcommittee
Richard Huynh
University of Queensland


Community Subcommittee
Angela Chensha
University of Queensland

 
 

University Representatives

University Representative
Thea Pabustan
University of Melbourne

University Representative
Calvin Kim
University of Queensland

University Representative
Priyangkha Alegesam
University of Sydney

University Representative
Emma Turner
University of Western Australia

University Representative
Queenie Pang
University of Newcastle

University Representative
Catherine Chen
University of Adelaide

University Representative
Chrishan Fernando
Griffith University

University Representative
Samantha Lee Barbeler
Central Queensland University

University Representative
Ryan Wong
James Cook University

University Representative
Rogina Torabi
Charles Sturt University

University Representative
Raveena Mapa
La Trobe University

 
 
 
 

Alumni

See the past ADSA committees here