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National Volunteer Week 8-14 May

National Volunteer Week 8-14 May


In recognition of National Volunteer Week, ADA NSW gives thanks to our volunteers and confirms how you can contribute via the National Dental Foundation, ADA NSW Red Cross Clinics and further upcoming volunteer opportunities.

The National Dental Foundation
Dr David Digges, Chair of the National Dental Foundation, was honoured with the award of NSW Volunteer of the Year, 2016, acknowledging his volunteer efforts including his contribution to the NDF over the last 10 years. We would like to acknowledge the contributions of members who have participated in the NDF program over the last 10 years, who continually strengthen our community through their volunteer efforts.

Thank you to these volunteer members who, together with the NDF volunteers, provided over $68,000 worth of pro bono treatment to 84 charity patients in the first quarter of 2017:

  • Dr Timothy Mahony - Chapel Street Dental
  • Dr Junette Burke - Burke Dental
  • Dr Maxwell Swart - West Pymble Dental
  • Dr Phillip Devitt - Dr Phillip Devitt Dental
  • Dr David Digges and Dr James Digges - Bellevue Hill Dental
  • Dr Alex Abrahams and Dr Kamal Kharel - Pacific Smiles Dental, Greenhills
  • Dr Tim Hart and Dr Steve Cross - Chatswood Dental Care
  • Dr Jemma Gibson and Dr Loren Hartcher - Pacific Smiles Dental, Charlestown
  • Dr Hany Gerges - The Dental Touch
  • Dr Mary Tiutiunnik - Bega Dental Practice
  • Dr Steve Cross - Hawkesbury Dental
  • Dr John Coolican - Family Care Orthodontics

Learn more about how to volunteer with the National Dental Foundation here or contact NSW NDF Coordinator, Wendy Chin, via email: or phone: 0499 191 901.

ADA NSW Red Cross Clinics
For the past nine years, volunteer dentists have been providing essential dental care and oral hygiene instruction to asylum seekers in need through the ADA NSW Red Cross Clinics. Over the course of 2016, 109 patients were provided with almost $50,000 of free dental treatment though the clinics.

On Saturday 17th June ADA NSW will be holding the first Red Cross Clinic of 2017 in our brand new Clinical Training Centre located at 1 Atchison Street St Leonards. On the day four volunteer member dentists will be providing much needed pro bono dental treatment for a group of 30 patients.

If you are interested in volunteering at future Red Cross Clinics, applications are still open for Saturday 30th September and Saturday 18th November. Please email Aasta Laurie via for more information.

ADA NSW are also looking for volunteers to promote oral health at...
  • National Field Days in Gunnedah (Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th August, 134 Blackjack Road, Gunnedah)
  • Sydney Baby and Toddlers Show (Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th September, ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour
  • Orange National Field Days (Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th October, 563 Borenore Road, Borenore)
Please email Aasta Laurie via for more information.