Dr Trudy Lin

Young South Australian of the Year 2022

Dr Trudy Lin is one of only 25 specialists in Special Needs Dentistry in Australia providing oral healthcare to people with disability, psychiatric illness, and complex medical issues such as cancer. She also treats people experiencing homelessness and domestic violence.  

Trudy completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2014 and her Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Special Needs Dentistry in 2020 at the University of Adelaide. She is a passionate advocate for equitable access to oral healthcare for people with Special Needs numerous committees, including the Australian New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentistry and National Disability Oral Health Collaboration.  

In addition to working as a consultant in Special Needs Dentistry and senior clinical lecturer at the University of Adelaide, she volunteers her expertise for Citizen Advocacy, supporting advocates for people with intellectual disability with their oral health needs. Her thesis titled: Assessment of a case mix tool for stratification of public dental patients with disability in South Australia, has won multiple awards, including the 2020 Australian and New Zealand division winner of the International Association of Dental Research Competition and the 2020 Colgate Research Poster Competition.  

Trudy was awarded a Fellow of the Pienv Fauehatd Academy in 2017, the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeon 2022 Emerging Young Lecturer award, 2021 South Australian Young Achiever of the Year and the 2022 South Australian Young Australian of the Year 

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Dr Felicity-ann Lewis

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Chris Schacht

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South Australian Local Hero, 2007

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Professor Jennifer McKay AM

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Christine Robertson OAM

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