Personnel

Advisory Committee

The FDSM Advisory Committee reports to the ASA Board through the Education Committee. It is comprised of four experienced dental sleep medicine practitioners, one sleep physician, a sleep scientist, the current Education Chair and one additional member of the Dental Accreditation Working Party that developed the FDSM program.

A/Prof Ramesh Balasubramaniam
University of Western Australia

Ramesh is a Perth-based Oral Medicine Specialist with expertise in temporomandibular disorders, orofacial pain and dental sleep medicine. He is an associate professor at the UWA Dental School, and is actively involved in teaching and research. Ramesh co-authored two textbooks, including Contemporary Oral Medicine. He is currently President of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia (2019-2022) and involved in both private and public clinical practice. 

Dr Maree Barnes
Austin Health, Victoria

After completing sleep training in the US, Maree has worked in the field of sleep medicine as a clinician and researcher for more than 25 years at the Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Hospital and the University of Melbourne, Australia.  Her research interests have focussed on sleep-disordered breathing and the role of sleep and circadian disturbances on occupational health and well-being. She is a former ASA President and was elected in 2019 to the position of Treasurer of World Sleep Society. 

Dr Emma Bond
Tindale Dental, Sydney

Emma holds an Honours degree in Dental Surgery from Sydney University, a Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine from University of Western Australia, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons. She has a keen interest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry as well as dental sleep medicine, and practises in Penrith in Sydney.

Dr Jasneek Chawla 
Queensland Children's Hospital, Brisbane

Jasneek is on the ASA Board in the role of Education Chair. She is a Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Specialist at the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Brisbane and Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland. Jas is an active clinician researcher with a specific interest in sleep and ventilation in children with disability, the relationship between sleep and long-term outcomes in children and the development of additional tools for the diagnosis and management of paediatric sleep-disordered breathing.

A/Prof Garun Hamilton
Monash Health, Victoria

Clinical Associate Professor Garun Hamilton is a Respiratory and Sleep Disorders physician at Monash Health, Epworth Sleep Centre and with the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash University. He has clinical experience in the complete range of sleep disorders. He is Director of Sleep Research at Monash Health, where he has built Monash into one of Australia’s most productive sleep research centres. He a former Board director of the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) and Chair of the Clinical Committee. In this position he was instrumental in producing a range of clinical practice guidelines and position statements for sleep medicine in Australasia. 

Tom Churchward
Austin Health, Victoria

Tom is the Head Respiratory and Sleep Scientist at Austin Health in Melbourne. He is an associate of the Institute for Breathing and Sleep and the current president of the Australia and New Zealand Sleep Science Association. In addition to clinical and management experience, Tom’s has diverse research interests. He was the founding chair of the Australian Council for Clinical Physiologists and led the establishment of accreditation for Australian Clinical Physiologists working in cardiac, neurophysiological, respiratory, and sleep sciences.

Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen
Perth Oral Medicine and Dental Sleep Centre

Amanda Phoon Nguyen is a Perth-based Oral Medicine Specialist. Her clinical and research interests include orofacial pain, oral mucosal disorders, temporomandibular disorders, dental sleep medicine and paediatric oral medicine. She is adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia, an Examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS), and a reviewer of continuing professional development (CPD) for the Australian Dental Association. Amanda is also a current Co-Chair of the ASA's Dental Sleep Medicine Council.

Dr Andrew Gikas
University of Melbourne and Alfred Health, VIC

Andrew is a dental surgeon in public and private practice in Melbourne, is an Associate of IBAS, holds a clinical teaching role at the University of Melbourne’s Dental Clinic and a visiting medical officer appointment at the Alfred Hospital's oral appliance dental clinic. His interests include oral appliance research, education, clinical practice. Andrew sits on the ASA Board and also chaired the Dental Accreditation Working Party that developed the FDSM program from 2017 to its conclusion in 2021.

Staff

Until program staff are appointed in 2022, the FDSM program is run by existing ASA staff. For all inquiries, contact Marcia Balzer.

Dental Accreditation Working Party

The ASA acknowledges with great appreciation the work of the Dental Accreditation Working Party between 2017 and 2021 to make the Fellow of Dental Sleep Medicine program a reality. A heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who have worked on this project.

  • Fernanda Almeida
  • Dan Andrews
  • Ramesh Balasubramaniam
  • Maree Barnes
  • Peter Eastwood
  • Andrew Gikas (Chair)
  • Chris Hardwicke
  • Sutapa Mukherjee
  • Christopher Pantin
  • Rob Shea
  • Kate Sutherland
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