In this role Dr Gavin leads DeCare’s efforts to establish Oral Health as an integral component of general health in how DeCare positions its dental insurance business.
He came to DeCare in 2004 from the Department of Health and Children where he held the post of Chief Dental Officer from 1996 to 2004. In this role he advised the Minister and Department on all matters relating to oral /dental health, with specific responsibility for planning dental health services, including The Dental Health Action Plan 1994 – 1998.
Dr. Gavin, in his previous roles as a Lecturer in the Dublin Dental Hospital / School of Dental Science Trinity College Dublin and Principal Dental Surgeon in the Eastern Health Board, played a leading role in developing Dental Health Education / Oral Health Promotion as an academic discipline and also as a practical intervention in the community health services in the Dublin region. A Trinity College Dublin dentistry graduate, Dr. Gavin is widely published in dental public health.
Presently Dr. Gavin is lead researcher for DeCare in the EU funded multi centre Advocate Project which is innovating change in private and public oral health care systems to make them safe, efficient and more preventively oriented for consumers. He is also participating as an international expert in the planning and delivery of two oral health care projects for isolated disadvantaged communities in Hainan and Guangxi provinces in China.
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