Distinguished Service Award Winner 2021 – Mr Graham Hall of Tasmania

Article by Belinda Mellowes

Congratulations Mr Hall

Mr Graham Hall has made an outstanding contribution to the specialty of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Tasmania. He commenced practice in 1980 and he was appointed to a newly created position at the Royal Hobart Hospital in 1983 after two years as an honorary visiting surgeon. He was the Head of Unit until September 2019 providing Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery expertise for four decades, during which he built the surgical service. He advocated for the provision of oral surgery services within Tasmania, rather than transferring patients to the mainland, with the creation of a service and associated resources. He has also provided an OMS service to Launceston General Hospital for ten years, until 1999, and to the areas in northern Tasmania visiting Devonport, Ulverstone, Deloraine, and Wynyard.

Mr Hall was the first Tasmanian Councillor to be appointed to ANZAOMS Council and he is currently serving as Councillor. He was the Chairman of the 2021 ANZAOMS Hybrid ASM held in November.

He has been involved in several other roles in health care, including as the President of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Dental Association from 1994 – 1996, member of the Dental Board of Tasmania for 15 years until 2010 and has served on the medical advisory committees of several hospitals. He is the OMS advisor to the Department of Veteran Affairs in Tasmania. He has also been involved in health advocacy and in 2015 was involved in a public campaign in Tasmania relating to tobacco and its role in cancer. Mr Hall is also Lieutenant, Royal Australian Naval Reserve, serving as an OMS consultant.

Mr Hall has been involved in the teaching and training over several decades and was also the Supervisor of Training for the Royal Hobart Hospital. Initially he developed an unaccredited resident position within his department and then expanded this into an accredited training position as part of the OMS Training Program of the RACDS. The training position became part of the Victorian & Tasmanian Training Centre for many years. He is a clinical lecturer in the Department of Surgery, University of Tasmania.

Mr Hall has been the pioneer in providing and developing OMS services for patients in Tasmania. He has been a leader, a teacher, and an advocate.

His long-term commitment to ANZAOMS and outstanding service to the Specialty make Mr Hall an exceptionally worthy recipient of this Distinguished Service Award.

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