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give a sMile celeBrates 10 years –
Bringing sMiles to young people in need
queen’s Birthday honours
With nearly 1500 recipients, more than 350 supporting Give
a Smile orthodontists across Australia and an estimated saving
to the public dental system of $10 million, the Australian
Society of Orthodontists’ (ASO) Give a Smile has a lot to
celebrate since they began their commitment to providing pro
bono specialist orthodontic care to as many under-privileged
Australian children as possible.
Celebrating Give a Smile’s 10th anniversary on the 5th of
June at Melbourne’s Luna Park – where ten years ago it was
launched by the then Federal Health Minister Hon. Tony
Abbott, MP – Founder and Chair of Give a Smile Dr Ted
Crawford said that the work of Give a Smile orthodontists
Australia-wide continues to change the lives of young people.
“When Give a Smile began in 2005 it was a response to a
challenge to do something useful. We set in place Give a Smile,
the charitable arm of the Australian Society of Orthodontists,
to facilitate specialist orthodontic treatment for in-need
Australian families who could not otherwise afford private
orthodontic services for their children,’ said Dr Crawford.
“While Give a Smile provides a service which improves the
dental health of these kids, it is the self-esteem and emotional
benefits that these children experience that are immeasurable
following their Give a Smile treatment,” he said.
Give a Smile patron, renowned Australian comedian and actor
Shane Bourne has been a great supporter of Give a Smile since
its inception. “It has been a privilege to see the transformation
and empowerment of these children’s lives. A truly great
cause!” says Bourne.
Emma White-Reese was Give a Smile’s first ever recipient and
her treatment has had a profound effect on her self-confidence
and self-esteem. “As soon as I had my braces off, I felt like I
was ready to take on anything. There’s a lot that I wouldn’t
have been confident enough to do without my improved
smile. If it wasn’t for Give a Smile my teeth would not have
been straightened and I would have lost my chance to live and
enjoy life like other teenagers.”
Patients accepted into the Give a Smile program are provided
a full program of pro bono orthodontic care. Each treatment
equates to a saving to the public system of between $6,000
and $8,000 and can take two years to complete.
At present there are more than 350 Give a Smile orthodontists
right across Australia – from Bunbury to Cairns and in between
offering their unique skills to children in need. The impressive
support level of over 65% of all ASO orthodontists has resulted
in a massive 10% reduction in public orthodontic waiting lists
The work of Give a Smile orthodontists changes the lives of
these young people – and this is the most crucial and valued
aspect of the program.
Chair Give a Smile
The Australian Dental Association and its members extend
congratulations to the following people honoured in the 2015
Queen’s Birthday Honours:
OFFICER IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF
THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AO)
Paul Vincent ABBOTT AO – For distinguished service to
clinical dentistry, and to higher education, as an academic,
researcher and author, to endodontics as a practitioner, and to
MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA IN THE
GENERAL DIVISION (OAM)
Philip Laurence BLISS OAM – For service to the community
through Jewish and multi-faith organisations.
Anthony John DICKINSON OAM – For service to dentistry
as a practitioner and as an educator in prosthodontics, and to
Bruce Graham DRYSDALE OAM – For service to dentistry,
and to the community.
Peter Willoughby McKERRACHER OAM – For service
to dentistry, to professional associations, and to dental
MEMBER IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF
THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA (AM)
Ralph William NELLER AM – For significant service to
dentistry as a clinician, to improved community oral health
outcomes, and to professional dental associations.
Fredrick Clive WRIGHT AM – For significant service to
dentistry, particularly in the area of population oral health, as
an academic, educator, administrator and research scientist.
Robert N Boyd-Boland
Chief Executive Officer
L to R: Ted Crawford, Emma White-Reese and Shane Bourne.
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