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Dr Bruce Simmons

Chair
Australian Dental Council Rural Dentists Network & Dental Representative on NT Health Minister's Advisory Council
 

Biography

Bruce graduated from Adelaide University in 1970, and married Meg, who is also a dental graduate from Adelaide University (1971). They decided to work for a year in Alice Springs in 1974, in the then Commonwealth Department of Health. They've lived in Alice Springs pretty much ever since, enjoying its many facets, raising a family and running a 'Dentistry with a Difference' service to the region. In November 2007 Bruce retired from the position of General Manager, Central Australia Oral Health Services, which he'd held from 1986. Meg has taken over as manager. Bruce has continued to provide some remote dental services and increased his involvement in a range of other activities, mostly related to oral health promotion.

From 1979 until 1984 he worked as the first fulltime District Dental Officer in Central Australia, travelling out to over 50 remote Indigenous communities as well as developing and providing Aboriginal Health Worker 'Basic' and 'Post-Basic Skills' training in oral health. Over the years he's continued to provide services and been involved in the development of intersectoral primary health care and research initiatives. He thinks of himself as being relatively well informed on what has worked and - more commonly - what hasn't worked in addressing oral health issues 'out bush'.

His other professional activities have included:

He was appointed chair of the ADA Rural Dentists Network in 2007 and consequently sits on the Council of the National Rural Health Alliance. He is also a long term member of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and NT rep on its Oral Health Special Interest Group (OHSIG) - in 2007 he was elected the group's national convener. He is also the dental representative on the NT Health Minister's Advisory Council.

 
Last updated: 25 January 2012
 
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