ADAQ President & Councillors

ADAQ President

A/Prof Alex Forrest AO

Associate Professor Alex Forrest is recognised for his roles in Forensic Odontology and in teaching Anatomy of the Head and Neck. He is currently Adjunct Associate Professor of Forensic Science at Griffith University and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry. He is Director of Forensic Odontology at Health Support Queensland Forensic and Scientific Services and practices privately in dentoalveolar surgery.

Senior Vice President

Dr Matthew Nangle

Dr Matthew Nangle is a general dentist working in private practice in Brisbane’s inner suburbs. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the UQ School of Dentistry, where he is the BDSc(Hons) Phase 1 Program Coordinator and External Engagement Coordinator. Matthew also holds an Honours degree in Neuroscience and PhD in Biomedical Sciences. He is the Oral Health Lead for the Queensland Multidisciplinary Initiative for Neurocognitive Disorders, with specific interest in links between oral health and dementia, as well as in people with multiple sclerosis.

Junior Vice President

Dr Jay Hsing

Dr Jay Hsing is a general dentist working in private practice. He enjoys teaching as well and has been a supervisor at UQ’s Dental School since 2008.  Jay also participates in volunteer dental work, helping people who have fallen on hard times (with Homeless Connect Australia) as well as recently arrived refugees (with Tzu Chi Foundation).  He has been involved with Tzu Chi Foundation since he was a student and is still actively involved now.  In 2019, Jay was inducted as a Fellow into the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

ADAQ Council

ADAQ is governed by a State Council who is elected by the Membership. ADAQ Council has ultimate responsibility for all activities, however it is supported by a range of Committees.

Representation on Council is provided by the elected Councillors of whom ten are based in SE Queensland (broadly an area between Noosa and Coolangatta and West to Gatton). Five Councillors are elected by Members from the other regions of the state. Council also comprises an Immediate Past President and two Federal Councillors all of whom are appointed by Council.

The results of the annual election of the ADAQ Council were confirmed at the AGM held on 26 November 2020.

We are pleased to advise that the new Office Bearers and Councillors for 2021 are:


Dr Meglin Rathnasamy (Peninsula)
Dr Gina Irwin (Western)
Dr Kelly Hennessy (Central)
Dr Joseph Nguyen (Burnett)
Dr Kaye Kendall (Moreton)
Dr David Le (Moreton)
Dr Keith Willis (Moreton)
Dr Sobia Zafar (Moreton)
Dr Graeme Westacott (Moreton)
Dr Tim Keys (Sunshine Coast)

Federal Councillor

Dr Martin Webb
Dr Angie Nilsson

Immediate Past President

Dr Norah Ayad (Ex-officio)

Casual Vacancy

A vacancy is currently available for Division 5 (Northern). Should you wish to apply, please contact ADAQ.