Hosted by Dr Erica Hwin

Inclusivity, equitability, and community – these are the themes for this month’s Feature. In this episode, we are joined by Dr Trudy Lin, one of 25 Special Needs dentists in Australia and a passionate advocate for equitable access to oral health for all individuals, with her work and contributions granting her the SA Young Australian of the Year Award in 2022.

In this conversation, Dr Trudy sheds light on her journey in specialising and how her mission has evolved over the years. We discuss her role within Citizen Advocacy, the story that led to her self-funding a Supported Independent Living Facility for those with special needs, becoming a mindset and leadership coach and a public speaker.

Dentistry is stressful, and it’s easy to get caught up in our own little worlds. However, conversations like these are a great reminder for us to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Recognise the position that we are in, and consider the small little things that we can do so that others are able to experience the same opportunities that we do.

Dr Trudy Lin

Dr Trudy Lin, the Young Australian of the Year for South Australia in 2022, is one of only 25 specialists in Special Needs Dentistry in Australia. Trudy is involved in various national and international advocacy roles – including as President-Elect of the Australian New Zealand Academy of Specialists in Special Needs Dentistry and the Australasian representative of the International Advisory Committee for the International Association for Disability and Oral Health. Trudy is an honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Adelaide and on the Board of Studies for Special Needs Dentistry for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. 

In addition to her clinical practice, Trudy is a certified mindset and leadership coach and workshop facilitator of the SA Health Leading Clinicians program. She is the founder and director of Extra Mile Coaching, which specialises in mindset coaching for oral healthcare professionals who want to go the Extra Mile in their careers, for their patients, and for themselves. 

July Giving Project – Esesson Foundation

For our July Giving Project we’ll be supporting the Esesson Foundation’s Annual Gala Ball which is being held in Brisbane on Sat August 12th. This event will be raising funds to provide basic healthcare for vulnerable and underprivileged children within Australia. It’s a Black & White themed night full of glitz and glamour, including a three-course dinner, drinks and performances. As our contribution to the cause, we’ll be giving away 2 free tickets for our friends & listeners, so keep your eye out on our socials for how you can win

Your attendance at the Gala Ball will help to provide essential healthcare, support and well-being for children in need. All proceeds raised from the night will be used to contribute only and directly towards purchasing the technical equipment, resources, and physical space to set up a non-profit dental clinic.

Ticket details are now available via the link here:

Get ready for a memorable night of fun, for a worthy cause that will make a difference to many and put smiles on children’s faces!

Dental Protection Limited

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Dental Protection we’re the first to come on board supporting dental students and graduates through the Dental Head Start Podcast and now they’re stepping up again by release the new publication Young Dental Practitioners as well as the Survival guide, their e-Learning platform ‘Prism’ and Sign up for Risk Wise Connect. Find it at the links or on their Facebook Page.

Dental Practitioner Support

Dental Practitioner Support is the first national 24/7 telephone and online service to support dental practitioner health and wellbeing in Australia.

The service is free, confidential and independent. Remember, good practice involves seeking support when you need it. Dental practitioners can call and speak to an experienced team ready to provide advice on a wide range of issues, including mental and physical health, workplace issues and general wellbeing.

Call them anytime you need, and even save the number in your phone so that it’s there on the day that you need it.

1800 377 700 or visit the website

The Dental Summit 2023 by AHC 

The Dental Summit 2023 is a conference for dentists in all phases of their careers. They’ve brought together some of the greatest minds in dentistry who will share their knowledge and enthusiasm so that you, too, can reach your summit.  

Two days of incredible lectures, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney, from leading experts and a cocktail night to network with fellow dentists and specialists. It is the must-attend dental event of 2023. 

Register now at and use ‘DHS20’ to get 20% off your ticket purchase!

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