Farewell Dr James (Jim) Grainger 26 May 1936 – 7 November 2016

Jim Grainger Orbituary by Chris Hardwicke

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It it with great sadness that we recently announced the passing on Monday, 7th Nov 2016 of Dr James (Jim) K. Grainger M.D.S. F.R.A.C.D.S. F.I.C.D. F.A.D.I. F.P.F.A. , after a battle with myeloid leukemia. Jim was one of the elder statesmen of ASDA  and IFDAS – the International Federation of Dental Anaesthesia Societies, having been involved since their inception and practising dentistry for almost 60 years (Graduating from the University of Sydney in 1956).

Amongst many awards, he received the highest honours from both ASDA (the Belisario Award) and IFDAS (the Horace Wells Award) and served as President of both Societies and Secretary General of IFDAS (attending and presenting at all of the IFDAS Congresses since they began in 1979).

He was awarded a Masters of Degree in 1972 for his thesis on Anaesthesia and Sedation, in it highlighting the history and first dental anaesthetic in New South Wales, in 1847 by John Belisario. This led to the triennial Belisario Award by ASAASD/ASDA, which he received in 1987 for for his academic and historical contribution, clinical advancement of IV sedation and in being the first Australian President of IFDAS. He was a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons, the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

We pass our sympathies to his partner  of the past 13 years Virginia Morris, family and practice community, Kingscliff Central Dental, as he continued to work to the end. Condolences may be passed to Virginia by email to or by mail to: PO Box 386, Currumbin, Queensland, Australia 4223

A Memorial Service was held Thursday 17 November 2016, in St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Tweed Heads NSW. No flowers were presented (by request), but donations are able to be sent in lieu to the hospice where Jim found peace and tranquillity for his last remaining days:
Wedgetail Retreat
P O Box 458
Murwillumbah NSW 2484

This hospice receives no government funding, and there is no charge for the excellent professional care they provide. It is totally dependent on funding through local op-shops and donations.



In 1970, the Australian Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia and Sedation and in Dentistry (ASAASD) was formed to cater for the special needs of dental practitioners interested in dental anaesthesiology, pain control, and patient anxiety management. With the introduction of the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Conscious Sedation and Pain Control) by the (then) Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney, and an emphasis on conscious sedation, the Society changed its name to The Australian Society of Dental Anaesthesiology in 1990.

Aims of the Society

1. Promote high standards of education in dental schools by teaching and supporting acute and chronic pain control and anxiety management.

2. Elevate the standards of anaesthesiology in dental practice by stimulating further education in anaesthesiology, pain and anxiety control at the post graduate level.3. Exchange information and report progress in the field of pain and anxiety control through the printed media as well as annual meetings and continuing education courses.

4. Publish and disseminate material of interest to the dental profession; and Advance the art and science of pain and anxiety control as an integral part of dental practice through continuing education.

5. Promotes all areas of dentistry that relate to research, prevention, control and elimination of pain and anxiety using local analgesia, conscious sedation, premedication, psychological behaviour modification and other non-pharmacologic forms of treatment.