Welcome to the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

The Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia (OMAA) was founded on 30th May 2010 by unanimous vote of oral medicine specialists registered in Australia and New Zealand, who recognized the need for a peak body to represent their interests, and the interests of the specialty field of Oral Medicine following the establishment of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and changes to National Registration legislation. Currently the Academy represents more than 90% of oral medicine specialists in Australia and New Zealand, and supports full members (including fellows), associate members (trainees), and affiliate members. The Academy oversees the Fellowship Examination in Oral Medicine which is a requirement for admission as a Fellow of the Academy, and run concurrently with university exit examinations, aimed at harmonizing university training programs while increasing the standard and rigor of training in Oral Medicine.

The primary aims and objectives of the Academy as per its Constitution are:
a) To be the peak body representing Oral Medicine Specialists and the field of Oral Medicine, and act as the authoritative adviser and policy maker on matters related to education, training, assessment and accreditation in the field of Oral Medicine.
b) To improve clinical care in the field of Oral Medicine, which is that specialist branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and predominantly non-surgical management of medically-related disorders and conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region, in particular oral mucosal disease and orofacial pain, as well as the oral health care of medically complex patients.
c) To promote interest and maintain standards in education and research in Oral Medicine in Australasia at institutions, professional associations and industries.
d) To inform governments and other official institutions of the significance of Oral Medicine for oral and systemic health, and the recognition, prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

 

The Academy is organized into an Executive Committee and 3 Sub-Committees.

The Executive Committee is currently comprised of:

 

 

President

Dr Anastasia Georgiou  Anastasia.Georgiou@health.nsw.gov.au

BDS, MDSc (Oral Med Oral Path), MRACDS (Oral Med), FRACDS, FOMAA, FICD

Anastasia Georgiou is a Staff Specialist in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health,Westmead Hospita land a Clinical Lecturer with the University of Sydney. Her areas of interest include mucocutaneous disease, potentially malignant oral conditions, paediatric pathology and patient education. She is a Fellow of theRoyalAustralasianCollegeof Dental Surgeons and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. Anastasia has been actively involved with theRoyalAustralasianCollegeof Dental Surgeons as the Assistant Registrar in the Special Fields Stream. She has been an invited presenter for the Finals Preparation Course and Co-Examiner in Histology for the Primaries in the General Field Stream. She previously represented Region 6 on the Board for the European Association of Oral Medicine.

  

 

President-Elect

Professor Michael McCullough m.mccullough@unimelb.edu.au

BDSc, MDSc, FRACDS, FRACDS (Oral Med), PhD, FOMAA, FPFA

Michael McCullough is the Professor in Oral Medicine at the Melbourne Dental School, the University of Melbourne. He is the convener of both the post-graduate, graduate and under-graduate courses in Oral Medicine, is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the School, has published over 80 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals, was on the Expert Panel for both editions of the Therapeutic Guidelines book titled “Oral and Dental”.  Michael is an Oral Medicine Clinical Consultant to the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Melbourne Dental Clinic.

 

 

Immediate Past President

Professor Camile Farah camile.farah@uwa.edu.au

BDSc, MDSc (OralMed OralPath), PhD, GCEd (HE), GCExLead, FRACDS (OralMed), FOMAA, FIAOO, FICD, FPFA

Camile Farah is a registered specialist in Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology, and maintains a specialist private practice in Oral Medicine & Clinical Oral Pathology. He is Professor of Oral Oncology, Head of the School of Dentistry, and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA at the University of Western Australia.

Camile has interests in clinical oral medicine (salivary gland diseases, orofacial pain), diagnostic head and neck pathology (oral cancer and precancer), and oral and maxillofacial radiology (Cone Beam CT). In addition to his clinical duties in oral medicine and oral oncology, he is Consultant Oral Pathologist to Qscan Radiology Clinics. Camile is a regular speaker at national and international conferences where he showcases his research and improvements in clinical practice and new technology.

Camile is Director of the Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research & Education where he undertakes research into head and neck cancer early detection, diagnosis and imaging. He has collaborations with clinicians, scientists and industry partners interested in Head & Neck cancer, has published over 120 clinical and scientific articles including 10 book chapters, and has attracted approximately $5 million in competitive research funding.

Camile was the Inaugural President of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia when it formed in 2010, and is currently Chair of its Credentialing and Peer Review Committee. He is also President of the ANZ Division of the International Association for Dental Research, Vice President of the Australasian Immunohistochemistry Society, Vice Chairman of the Australian Dental Research Foundation and Chairman of its Research Advisory Committee. He has served as a member of the Oral Medicine Board of Studies of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, and is currently a member of the Australian and New Zealand Head & Neck Cancer Society, the European Association of Oral Medicine, and the International Association of Oral Pathologists, and a fellow of the International Academy of Oral Oncology. He serves on grant review panels for NHMRC, Cancer Australia, Cancer UK, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and ADRF, is on the editorial boards of several journals, and is an adhoc reviewer for many peer-reviewed international journals in dentistry, oral health, oral medicine, oral pathology, and oral oncology.

 

 

Secretary

Clinical Associate Professor Ramesh Balasubramaniam

ramesh.balasubramaniam@uwa.edu.au

BSc, BDSc, MS, Cert Orofacial Pain, Cert Oral Medicine, ABOP, FOMAA, FADI, FPFA

Ramesh Balasubramaniam graduated with a BDSc from the University of Western Australia in 2000 and subsequently practiced general dentistry. In 2006, he completed a certificate and Master of Science degree in Orofacial Pain at the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, Ramesh also underwent training in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. In addition, Ramesh completed specialist training in Oral Medicine as well as a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Geriatrics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. He has numerous peer reviewed publications, has contributed to several chapters in various texts and co-edited the May 2008 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America on Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction. In addition, he serves as a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals. Ramesh has an appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Dentistry of the University of Western Australia and is actively involved in teaching and research. He also has public appointments at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Oral Health Centre of Western Australia and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. His Oral Medicine Specialist practice at St John of God, Subiaco focuses on Orofacial Pain, Oral Diseases and Disorders, and Dental Sleep Medicine. 

 

 

Treasurer

Dr Sue-Ching Yeoh suechingyeoh@gmail.com

BDS (Hons), MDSc (OralMed Oral Path), FRACDS, FRACDS (Oral Med), FOMAA, FICD

Sue-Ching Yeoh graduated with a BDS (Hons) and subsequently a MDSc (Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology) from the University of Sydney. She is a registered specialist in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, and maintains a specialist private practice in both Sydney and Canberra. She is also a Consultant Oral Medicine Specialist at the Royal Prince Alfred and Liverpool Hospitals in Sydney, and is a Visiting Specialist at the Canberra Hospital. Sue holds a Clinical Lecturer appointment at the University of Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in both the General Stream as well as the Special Fields Stream of Oral Medicine. She is the current Treasurer of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia and has served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Oral Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand. Sue has published in peer reviewed journals, and has presented many continuing education courses. Her clinical interests lie in oral mucosal disease, salivary gland dysfunction and orofacial pain. Sue is currently undertaking research in the field of autoimmune vesiculobullous conditions.

 

 

The Academy’s Sub-Committees are as follows:

A “Constitution Committee” chaired by Professor Camile Farah with the primary responsibility of ensuring that the Constitution of the Academy is upheld.  In addition, it is this committee’s responsibility to keep the constitution up to date with current guidelines in oral medicine.

An “Education and Scientific Committee” chaired by Clinical Associate Professor Ramesh Balasubramaniam with the primary responsibility of providing guidance and leadership in education and research for the Academy. This sub-committee organizes Scientific and Continuing Professional Development meetings. 

A “Credentialing and Peer Review Committee” chaired by Professor Camile Farah with the primary responsibility of liaising with appropriate regional Boards, Councils and Universities in matters of credentialing, accreditation and peer review processes in oral medicine. This committee has responsibility for the Academy’s Fellowship Examination leading to Fellow of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia. 

our goals

  1. To improve clinical care in the field of Oral Medicine.
  2. To promote interest and maintain standards in education and research in Oral Medicine in Australasia at institutions, professional associations and industries.
  3. To inform governments and other official institutions of the significance of Oral Medicine for oral and systemic health, and the recognition, prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

our purpose

To be the peak body representing Oral Medicine Specialists and the field of Oral Medicine, and act as the authoritative adviser and policy maker on matters related to education, training, assessment and accreditation in Oral Medicine.

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