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
Nicole Contemplacion
Charles Sturt University
president@adsa.org.au
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Goals:

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.

About me:

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.

Vice President
Laurence Doan
University of Adelaide
vicepresident@adsa.org.au
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About myself:
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.

Secretary
Hazel Wright
Griffith University
secretary@adsa.org.au
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Goals:
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.

About me:
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

Treasurer
George White
Charles Sturt University
treasurer@adsa.org.au
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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
pastpresident@adsa.org.au

General committee

Media Officer
Cindy Zhou
University of Queensland
media@adsa.org.au
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As Media and Community officer, I hope to continue enhancing ADSA’s reach to the dental and oral health students of Australia as well as encouraging students to engage in the wider community. Through our many social media outlets, I’d like to keep students updated about pertinent issues in the dental industry and provide a platform for discussion about topics that affect us as future dental professionals. I also hope to continue the great work of the Media and Community officers who came before me and encourage participation in community events such as The Australian Red Cross Blood Drive and R U OK Day.

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!

Sponsorship Officer
Jeffrey Ding
La Trobe University
sponsorship@adsa.org.au
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Goals: I am a firm believer that you can only learn so much at dental school, and that there is just so much knowledge out there waiting for you when you graduate. My goal is to maintain the generous support of current sponsors, as well as to seek out new sponsors, to present a greater range of educational opportunities to ADSA members. This way, members will have a better idea of exactly what is out there, from people who know the dental industry. And thus be able to form interests which can be further pursued upon graduation.

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.

Website Officer
Jimmy Fan
La Trobe University
webmaster@adsa.org.au
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About
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.

Design Officer
Lina Zhou
University of Queensland
design@adsa.org.au
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Goals: As the first to fulfil the new role of Design Officer, I hope to work with the other members of the committee to consolidate and improve the aesthetics and recognisability of the ADSA brand. My regular role will be presenting updates and information in an easy-to-read format that will also wow the reader visually. In addition, I will be assisting the Publication Officer on the publication of the newsletter – Articulate. I also look forward to working with the Website Officer to keep on improving the visual and formatting of the ADSA website.

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.

Rural Officer
Sheryl George
La Trobe University
rural@adsa.org.au
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Goals: As the Rural Officer for 2017, I aim to encourage fellow students to reach beyond their boundaries and experience all that rural dentistry has to offer, by providing a range of opportunities across Australia in rural and remote health locations. I hope to also keep students up to date with the changing policies regarding various government incentives and the countless benefits of rural placement, subsequently inspiring more students to take up work in rural areas to bridge the gap in resources and funding that is apparent in our current time. Alongside the Committee, I’m certain that 2017 shall bring many more exciting and new initiatives.

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.

Publications Officer
Tasleem Khan
Charles Sturt University
publications@adsa.org.au
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Goals:
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.
About me:
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.

Oral Health Officer
Josie Aboumrad
University of Newcastle
oralhealth@adsa.org.au
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Goals: As the first Oral Health Officer to join the team, I feel privileged and excited to begin promoting and facilitating oral health therapy and dental hygiene initiatives within ADSA. My primary goal is to encourage and increase oral health involvements within the association, by liaising closely with oral health committees including ADOHTA. Further, I hope to provide the medium for improved communication and collaboration between oral health therapy and dental students across Australia.

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.

 
 
 

Subcommittee

Media Subcommittee
Miff Lee
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

Media Subcommittee
Rojina Fadaei
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! ☺

Sponsorship Subcommittee
Jennifer Tran
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.

Sponsorship Subcommittee
Keertana Avalur
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.

Website Subcommittee
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

Design Subcommittee
Elizabeth Lim
Griffith University
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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.

Publications Subcommittee
Terence Lau
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
Elizabeth Xu
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!