The ADOHTA Executive Council is made up of a representative from each state or territory. A representative of the
Australian Dental Council and A representative from the Editorial Board of ANZJDOHT (Journal). The Executive
Council meets face to face 2 to 3 times per year and participates in teleconferences on the months it does not meet.
ADOHTA President, VIC Executive Council, VIC President
ADOHTA Vice President 2015 - 2016
ADOHTA VIC Executive Council Rep 2015 -
ADOHTA VIC President 2012 -
Qualifications: BOralHlth GCertDenThrpy MPH (Melb) MSc (Clin Ed) (Edin) MCHSM FHEA FRSPH
Tan began his career as an oral health therapist at Plenty Valley Community Health after graduating from The University of Melbourne. He currently teaches at the Melbourne Dental School, is an Honorary Fellow with the Oral Health Research Stream, Deakin University, and works clinically in both the private and public dental sectors. He holds qualifications with the Master of Public Health, and the Master of Science in Clinical Education, and was appointed President of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association from 2017. He is a Board Director for a private dental practice at Coburg Hill Oral Care. His research interests include economic evaluation of health services research, particularly in relation to models of primary health care.
He holds several community committee positions including the National Oral Health Alliance, Dental Health Services Victoria Population Health Committee, Melbourne Dental School Curriculum Advisory Committee, and is an active member of the Australasian College of Health Services Management Emerging Health Managers Special Interest Group. Tan has been successful with several research grants, published peer-reviewed publications and presented in local and international conferences. His key achievement is the recipient of the International Association for Dental Research Colgate Research in Prevention Travel Grant 2016 for his team's work on improving access to dental services for children.
ADOHTA Immediate Past PresidentDental Therapist/Dental Hygienist
ADOHTA President 2015 - 2016
WA Councillor 2009 - 2015
Private Sector Officer 2015 -
ADOHTA Secretary 2001 - 2002
ADOHTA Newsletter Editor 2009 - 2012
ADOHTA Council Member 2009 –
ADOHTA Life Member 1982
Hellene has held many Office Bearer positions within the DTHAWA including, President, Secretary and Private Sector Officer as well as representing members on Special Advisory Committees and Working Parties. In 1982, she was made an Honorary Life Member. Nationally, she was the ADOHTA Secretary for 2 years in 2001/2002 and strongly believes that providing member access to professional development courses is paramount to improving education standards and ensuring safe, effective and up to date delivery of dental treatment to the community. As of May 2009, she was the WA National Councillor, taking on the role of ADOHTA National President in October 2014.
ADOHTA Vice PresidentADOHTA Vice President 2017 -
ADOHTA Communications Officer 2015
ADOHTA SA/NT President 2013 - 2016
SA Councillor 2013 – 2016
ADOHTA Secretary, ADOHTA QLD President
ADOHTA Secretary 2015 -
QLD President 2010-
QLD Councillor 2003- 2016
ADOHTA President 2004- 2014
ADOHTA Treasurer 2003-2004
QLD Treasurer 2002-2010
ADOHTAQ (DOHTAQ) member 1984-
ADOHTA Life Member 2013
Julie graduated from the Brisbane School Dental Therapist Training Centre in 1983. She has worked in the Queensland School Dental Service in Rockhampton and Pine Rivers since. She as worked in management, oral health promotion and advanced clinician roles. Julie frequently attends national forums and speaks on behalf of the professions of dental therapy and oral health therapy. She was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Dental Health in 2011 and is a member of the Professional Conduct Review Panel, the Oral Health Advisory Panel and the Alliance for a Caries Free Future Australian Chapter. Julie has been a member of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association Queensland Branch formerly QSDTA and DOHTAQ for many years and has been their President since 2010.
ADOHTA Treasurer, NT Executive CouncillorADOHTA Tresurer 2015 -
NT Councillor 2014 -
Kylie graduated as a Dental Therapist from Curtin University, WA in 1991. Kylie has spent over 20 years working for the Northern Territory’s health department in urban and remote indigenous communities. Throughout her career she held several positions with the previous Northern Territory Dental Therapist’s Association. Kylie is currently involved with the Healthy Smiles – Oral Health & Fluoride Varnish Training for Health Professionals Program managed by the NT Oral Health Promotion Unit.
ADOHTA WA Council Representative, WA Treasurer
In 2001 Robyn volunteered as part of a Rotary project in Vietnam, treating under privileged children in remote communities and would like to do more volunteer work in the future.
Robyn was a past president and treasurer of DTHA (currently known as ADOHTA WA) before having a break to have her children. She took on the role of private sector officer 2 years ago on the ADOHTA WA committee and has recently been elected as WA national councillor for ADOHTA.
ADOHTA Council Representative, SANT Vice President
INTERESTS: William is passionate about minimal-intervention & preventative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, and holistic patient-centred care. He is also interested in oral health education programs, having participated abroad on exchanges to Siem Reap & Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the university in 2015 & 2016.
ADOHTA Council Representative, TAS Treasurer and Public Officer
ADOHTA Council Rep 2017-
ADOHTA ACT President, Acting ADOHTA Councillor
Completed a Diploma of Dental Therapy from The University of Adelaide in 2003
Worked as a dental therapist in SA, Victoria & currently working in the ACT
Served on the ADOHTA Council as the ACT Council member for 9 years
Held various executive positions on the ADOHTA - ACT Branch
Current President ADOHTA –ACT Branch
ADOHTA Coucil Representative, QLD Vice President
Vice President 2015 -
ADOHTA Council Representative 2017
Nicole is an Oral Health Therapist who works in private practice in Holland Park and is actively involved in research at the University of Queensland. Public health, oral health prevention and promotion are the areas of interest Nicole has in research. She is currently involved in research into hyperpalatable beverages (sweet drinks) consumption and a number of research projects investigating the oral health of groups with special needs; including people living with MS and the elderly. Since graduating from a bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Queensland Nicole has been actively involved in the community. She also enjoys volunteering for the National Dental Foundation who help vulnerable community members and visiting local schools to deliver oral health information to students.
ADOHTA Council Representative, NSW TreasurerQualifications
Bachelor of Oral Health (Hygiene/Therapy) (BOH) – Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga)
Current Work: After the death of my husband in 2008, I decided to further my career and try to enrol in university in the Bachelor of Oral Health program. I spent a year at Sydney University doing a university preparation course in maths and science. I was then accepted to the Bachelor of Clinical Science at CSU in Orange and after completing first year, transferred over to Bachelor of Oral Health (Hygiene/Therapy) at CSU in Wagga Wagga, which I successfully completed in 2014. I am currently employed as an Oral Health Therapist in private practice in Wagga Wagga. My work has largely been as a hygienist but am now slowly integrating more therapy work.
What made you join ADOHTA: As an Oral Health Therapist, ADOHTA is my professional body. I wanted to be a part of the group who seeks to further our profession for the better. I attended the professional development day in Sydney in October and met women there who had been therapists for a very long time and who were still just as excited about their careers. Therapy and hygiene have come a very long way but also still have a very long way to go. Changing perceptions to our role is something I want to be a part of. At the professional development day, I nominated and was successfully elected as Treasurer for the ADOHTA NSW branch.
Interests: My special interests include encouraging my 3 children to be the best they can be, travelling, cooking, and eating out. I love to spend time outdoors, whether that is picnicking, swimming, bushwalking, hiking, or simply lazing in the hammock.
Education and Research Executive Councillor
Chair, Editorial Board ANZJDOHT (Journal)Dr Julie Satur Dip.Appl.Sci (Dental Therapy), M Hsci (Health Prom), PhD
ANZ Journal DOHT Editor
Dr Satur has a background in dental therapy and spent 18 years working as a dental therapist for the School Dental Service in Victoria, in health promotion with local government and, more recently working part-time in orthodontic practice. She is currently Associate Professor of Oral Health and Head of the Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Melbourne’s Dental School. Her work involves BOH program leadership and teaching in Research, Health Promotion, Community Health, Health Policy and Ethics and post graduate program development. She is a past president of VDOHTA, and has been an active member of ADOHTA over many years, and is currently Editor of the ANZ Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy. Julie's research has been in oral health promotion and dental and oral health therapy workforce regulation and practice issues, is widely published and has made many conference presentations. She has participated over a number of years in public oral health and in the policy area around dental therapy and hygiene practice, participating in committees and working parties for state and commonwealth governments and more recently policy debates in the USA around dental therapy practice. She is also an executive member of the College of Oral Health Academics.