The inaugural joint 2022 AOS & ASP Conference is complete and we have received excellent feedback from attendees regarding the high level of presentations and speakers who delivered them. Our speakers had a focus on research-based data and there is always more delivered by those involved in the research than can be gleaned from the paper alone.
Both societies acknowledged the efforts of the outgoing Australian Journal of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry editor – Professor Ivan Darby – at the Gala Dinner, with the new editor Dr Ryan Lee handing over a keepsake to him. The Gala dinner was also an opportunity to acknowledge the incredible contribution of two members of the AOS Committee - Dr George Pal and Dr Bruce Munroe – who have provided decades of commitment to AOS with Dr George Pal being one of the members involved in its inception and Dr Bruce Munroe being our very long-term Treasurer. Thanks should also go to our Secretary Dr Cecilia So and our Organizing Committee counterparts in Dr Rajiv Verma and his ASP representatives. Special thanks should go to our Scientific Committee comprising A/Prof Dale Howes, Dr Richard Vickers and Dr Kwan Yat Zee who did a fantastic effort to secure our highly regarded speakers and I would also like to thank the industry involved for their support. Last but not least our Secretariat Kayla without whom our society could not function effectively and our PCO Conference Innovators who handled all the other conference logistics excellently.
The conference also marks the end of my tenure as the AOS Federal President with the baton handed over to Victoria where Dr Angelos Sourial will take over as the new Federal President. I look forward to the next conference delivered by our Victorian counterparts.
Dr Eugene Foo
AOS Federal President