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Hall, Roger OAM

  • Roger Hall

    Date and place of birth

    18thAugust 1934, Kew, Victoria, Australia

    University attended

    The University of Melbourne

    Academic qualifications


    Graduated 1956  with Honours and awarded the Edward Joske Memorial prize

    1959 - 1960 Post graduate training:

    • Eastman Dental Hospital, London University
    • Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
    • The Royal College of Surgeons of England

    Position held at The Royal Children's Hospital

    • 1960 - 1964 Full-time Paediatric Dental Surgeon
    • 1964 - 1998 Chief Dental Officer and Director of Dentistry
    • 1998 - present - Emeritus Dental Surgeon.

    Positions held outside the RCH

    • Honorary Paediatric Dental Surgeon Victorian Plastic Surgery Unit from foundation to its closure
    • 1958 - present - The University of Melbourne
    • Visiting Professor University of Strasbourg, France
    • Visiting Professor University of Paris VII
    • Visiting Professor University of Dublin
    • Visiting Professor University of Helsinki
    • Visiting Professor University of Sarajevo
    • Visiting Professor University of Hong Kong
    • Visiting Professor University of Sydney

    Current appointment

    The University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine,

    • Principal Fellow (Hon) Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology - Hubbard Research Unit Proteomics Laboratory
    •   Part-time Lecturer Department of Paediatric dentistry

    Clinical interests

    • Paediatric oral surgery including traumatology – maxillofacial surgery
    • Paediatric oral medicine specializing in rare disorders and syndromes of the head and neck

    Research and publications

    • Developmental defects of tooth enamel, small animal laboratory research and clinical research at the RCH
    • Traumatic injuries of the head and neck in children - clinical research at the RCH outpatients and inpatients admissions
    • Publication of sole – author textbook "Paediatric Orofacial Medicine and Pathology", 1994
    • Over 50 peer reviewed journal publications
    • Preparation of 2nd edition of Paediatyric Oroifacial Medicine and Pathology for Wiley

    Career highlights/memorable moments

    • 1960 Initial appointment to the RCH
    • Inclusion as medical staff from outset and later senior medical staff. Initially the RCH was the only hospital in Australia to have dental staff included as medical staff
    • 1967 Organiser of the first clinical meeting at the RCH of dentists working with children in Australia and in New Zealand
    • 1967 Development of dental clinic into a full department with all specialist areas of dentistry represented by top young clinicians and with active teaching of undergraduate, then postgraduate, dental students and medical student lectures. There was an active clinical and laboratory research programme.
    • 1983 Chairman of 9th Congress of the International Association of Dentistry for Children held in Melbourne 
    • Invited  Lecturer at over 60 International meetings
    • Chairman of major Sessions at 30 International meetings
    • 1994 Publication of sole-authored textbook, 'Paediatric Orofacial Medicine and Pathology' by Chapman and Hall, London. This textbook is used world-wide by specialists in all disciplines of dentistry and by postgraduate students.
    • 1996 Awarded Order of Australia for services to paediatric dentistry in Australia and internationally

    Career achievements

    Foundation President of

    • 1972 - 1973 Victorian Society of Dentistry for Children, now Victorian Branch of the Australian Society of Paediatric Dentistry
    • 1973 - 1976 Australian Society of Dentistry for Children, now Australian and Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry
    • 1989 - 1995 Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry

    International President of

      Council Member International Association of Dentistry for the Handicapped 1976 – 1990


      • International Association for Dental Research
      • European Association of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
      • European Association of Paediatric Dentistry

      Outside the RCH

      • 1998 to present Rotary Club of Melbourne
      • 2005 - 2007 Chair of International Services committee
      • 1999 - 2004 Captain of Kew Group
      • Member of Melbourne Cricket Club

      Honours and awards

      Invited membership of

      • 1988 International College of Dentists
      • Academy of Dentistry International

      Honorary life membership 

      • 1989 Hellenic Society of Dentistry for Children
      • 1990 International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
      • 1993 International Association of Paediatric Dentistry
      • 1996 Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry
      • 2000 Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry

      The establishment of the Biennial "R.K.Hall Visiting International Lecturer" in 1997 by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Paediatric Dentistry in recognition of Service to the Association

      Australian Dental Association Distinguished Service Award in 1999

      Medal of the City of Paris for services to la Société Françase d'Odontologie

      Pédiatrique. and University of Paris VII, in 2001

      Honorary Fellow Genetic Health Services Victoria for a valued contribution in promoting Genetic Health and building our joint services 2003

      National Honour

      1996 Medal of the Order of Australia