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ADIA CEO Update: Advocacy

Posted on 30 October 2023
ADIA CEO Update: Advocacy

ADIA was pleased to have the opportunity to continue its advocacy work last week in Canberra.

ADIA staff met with a range of Parliamentarians and advisors last Thursday to discuss initiatives to improve oral health services for people in Australia.

Meetings were held with Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah MP, Member for Higgins and Dr Monique Ryan MP, Member for Kooyong. Staff also met with advisors for Zali Steggall MP, Member for Warringah, Dr Anne Webster MP, Member for Mallee, and Wendy Askew, Senator for Tasmania and member of the Senate Select Committee.

Pictured right: (L-R) Stephanie Wells (ADIA), Dr Monique Ryan MP, Dr Sarah Raphael (ADIA)


ADIA provides evidence to Senate Select Inquiry into the Provision of and Access to Dental Services in Australia.


On Friday, 20 October Dr Sarah Raphael gave evidence on behalf of ADIA in the final hearing of the Senate Select Inquiry into Dental Services in Australia. She was joined by representatives from the Dental Board of Australia, Australian Dental Association and Australian Dental Prosthetists Association.

Sarah provided evidence on the need for national leadership in the sector in the form of a Chief Oral Health Officer, the need for federal support for priority population access to oral health services, and the various ways technology can reduce cost, tackle waiting lists, and improve clinical outcomes.

We will share the recommendations of the final report due to be released in late November via this update. We will continue to advocate for better access to oral health services for people in Australia through sensible, solution-focused strategies on behalf of our members.

If you would like any more information or have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to do so by email.

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ADIA CEO Update: Sarah Raphael

Posted by ADIA on 17 August 2023
ADIA CEO Update: Sarah Raphael

The Australian Dental Industry Association welcomes Sarah Raphael as Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager.

Sarah has over thirty years’ experience spanning clinical practise, teaching and learning, policy and advocacy and research. Her roles have spanned government, academia, corporate and not-for-profit settings, including non-executive board experience. Originally trained as a Specialist Paediatric Dentist, she possesses a unique skill set with strengths in communication, critical thinking and strategic vision. She is highly self-motivated and innovative with a strong belief in teamwork and collaborative design.

Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager, Sarah Raphael

Most recently working in senior management at the Australian Dental Association NSW, Sarah was instrumental in steering advocacy and volunteerism within the profession and community. In her role as Engagement and Advocacy Executive, Sarah was responsible for driving improvements in the areas of community water fluoridation, aged care, rural and remote health and developed and fostered key relationships with government and external stakeholders. As General Manager of Filling the Gap charity, that provides pro bono dental services for disadvantaged people, Sarah grew the organisation, developing the first strategic plan, securing government and industry partnerships, private funding and working towards ensuring the sustainability of the pro bono dental programs offered in NSW and the ACT.

With Sarah’s return to the dental industry, she will draw upon her experience, having consulted for over a decade with Colgate Oral Care, Australia. She is thrilled to be able to join ADIA where she will continue to drive their advocacy priorities. Sarah’s vision for the future to enable the next generation of health professionals to make a meaningful difference and to continue advocating for equity of access to health in our community is well-aligned with the mission and values of ADIA.

If you would like any more information or have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to do so by email.

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