The Belisario Award

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The next BELISARIO AWARD DINNER will be held in 2018

The Belisario Award recognises outstanding contribution in Australia to the discipline of pain and anxiety control in Dentistry. It is awarded each 3 years to one who is considered to have made a contribution to some facet or facets of this field. It may be academic, in teaching or advancement of knowledge, or it may be in administration or furtherance of the policies and philosophies of the Society. In 2015 it was awarded to Dr Andre Viljoen. The next Belisario year will be in 2018. Nominations will be open in 2018 and can be forwarded to ASDA President, Dr Greg Mahoney who will forward it to the Award committee (consisting of past Belisario winners).

2015 was the most recent Belisario year, when it was awarded to Dr Andre Viljoen, who accepted his award at the Annual Scientific Meeting Belisario dinner on the evening of Saturday 14 November, 2015. To read his acceptance speech, please click here: 2015 Belisario Acceptance Speech.

The Belisario Award presented by ASDA recognises outstanding contribution in Australia to the discipline of pain and anxiety control in Dentistry.  It is awarded each 3 years to one who is considered to have made a contribution to some facet or facets of this field. It may be academic, or in teaching or advancement of knowledge, or it may be in administration or furtherance of the policies and philosophies of the Society.

The first award was presented at the University of Sydney in 1972 to Stanley Lithgow Drummond-Jackson in recognition of the considerable mentor influence that he had on Australian dentists in the UK, and consequently the profound spin-off on Australian Dental Practice. The Award was made in the presence of John Belisario’s grandson – at that time a practising dermatologist in Macquarie Street, Sydney.

Subsequent awards have been made at three-yearly intervals –

in 1975 to Dr Charles Sara for his influence on the anaesthetic teaching at Sydney University

in 1978 to Dr Noel Hodge for his work in launching ASAASD as its first President and his great influence in clinical practice

in 1981 to Dr Tom Scahill for his work for the Society on Council, and in particular as Editor, and his teaching of techniques especially R.A.

in 1984 to Dr David McDonald for his tireless work as Secretary of the Society and his academic contribution, especially the study of IV Brietal

in 1987 to Dr Jim Grainger for his academic and historical contribution and clinical advancement of IV sedation and in being the first Australian President of IFDAS

in 1990 to Dr Graham Southwell, for his work for the Society on Council and his teaching of the combined use of methohexitone and diazepam, but particularly for his training in the use of R.A.

in 1993 to Dr James Auld, with an extensive background in hypnosis, he  taught R.A., hypnosis, and psychology for dentists for ASDA and the Faculty.

in 1996 to Dr George Gow-Gates for his work with L.A. techniques, and Dr Peter Magnus for his contributions to teaching over many years. Exceptionally, two recipients were honoured this year as the committee considered that these older members had been overlooked previously.

in 1999 to Dr Angus Kingon for his long-time support of the Diploma course.

in 2002 to Prof Peter Klineberg for his long-time support of the Diploma course.

in 2005 to Dr Ken Harrison for his unfailing enthusiasm in teaching dentists to use sedation with safety and supporting our cause in anaesthetic circles.

in 2009 to A/Prof Douglas Stewart for his extensive work in education in dental sedation.

in 2012 to Dr Michael Walker for his support over many years in teaching sedation on Society training courses, and in the Grad.Dip.Clin.Dent.(Conscious Sedation & Pain Control) course

in 2015 to Dr Andre Viljoen, for his long term contribution to the society (Councillor, including President and Treasurer for many years) and the influence of his Masters thesis on the Safety of Propofol for IV Sedation.

in 2018 to Dr Greg Mahoney, for his contribution to the society and governance of sedation through the Dental Board of Queensland and then AHPRA conscious sedation committees.

Whilst this Award perpetuates the memory of John Belisario and recognizes individuals who have contributed, I believe that all recipients would agree that their achievements have only been possible through the strong collective support of the members of ASDA and their belief in the advancement of the techniques and philosophy of pain and anxiety control in Dentistry in Australia.

By: Dr James Auld. Reproduced with permission.