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John Fricker

John Fricker

CV John Fricker

Dr. John Fricker is an orthodontist and a visiting specialist with ACT Dental Health Program and the Cleft Lip and Palate clinic at The Canberra Hospital. He completed his orthodontic training at The University of Sydney and is a Fellow by examination of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and a Member in Specialist Dental Practice.

In 2016 he completed a PhD at the Australian National University (ANU) on the topic of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in dentistry. He is also a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, International Dental Academy and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

John Fricker has presented lectures in both Australia and overseas on his research into 3D imaging and the clinical use of glass ionomer cements. He has maintained a strong interest in orthodontics for the younger patient and contributed Chapters on Orthodontics in all four editions of A Handbook of Paediatric Dentistry by Cameron and Widmer (Eds) on the topic of mixed dentition treatment. He was editor of the comprehensive textbook Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics.

In 2010 John Fricker retired from practice and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to dentistry. He is Honorary Life Member of the Australasian Begg Society of Orthodontists (ABSO).


The P.R. Begg Museum

The ORTHO-AMSTERDAM 2024 congress marks the end of a remarkable 57-year period of the European Begg Society of Orthodontics (EBSO) with a 30th and final congress. The society was established in 1967 in Amsterdam and named after the renowned Australian orthodontist P. Raymond Begg (1898-1983), professor at the University of Adelaide School of Dentistry.

Begg is celebrated for developing a well-known fixed appliance method, the Begg light-wire technique. Immediately after its introduction in 1956 the appliance became very popular all over the world and remained so until the pre-adjusted edgewise bracket was introduced in the 1980s.

Although the Begg technique is now used less frequently, the appliance remains unique in orthodontic history. In 2022 the P.R. Begg Museum was opened at the University of Adelaide. The project was an initiative of the Australian Begg Society of Orthodontics (ABSO), in conjunction with the South Australian Branch of the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO).

This presentation is a short introduction to the P.R. Begg Museum and dr. Begg’s contribution to orthodontics.

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