The International Association for Disability and Oral Health (IADH) is celebrating its 50th year and is delighted to announce the Presidency of Dr Alison Dougall, who is the first IADH president from Ireland during those 50 years.
Alison is a well-known international leader in the area of disability and oral health. She has over 25 years’ experience in this field and is a respected clinician, educator, researcher and patient advocate. Alison trained in special care dentistry at the Eastman Dental Institute and following her role as Clinical Director for Community and Special Care Services in the UK, she moved to Ireland 15 years ago, where she is currently Director of the Doctorate Training Programme at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant for Medically Compromised Patients at Dublin Dental University Hospital. In 2017 she was voted HMI Health Leader in Ireland for her pioneering work developing care pathways for people with inherited bleeding disorders.
Alison has always been passionate about the need for training of the workforce to improve attitudes towards disability and diversity, and to improve the quality and scope of care for people with disabilities. She was responsible for leading the International IADH taskforce, with experts from over 28 countries, which produced the consensus curriculum guidance for training in special care dentistry at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She will chair the Scientific Committee for the forthcoming IADH Conference in Paris 2022, further details of which are available at www.iadh2022.org.
Those interested in finding out more about disability and oral health in Ireland can become an affiliated member of the IADH and enjoy all member benefits by joining the Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health. Please visit www.isdh.ie for more details.