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philanthropist and successful
businessman Dr Sam Prince will be
a highlight of PAC14 in Canberra
when he talks about his amazing
life and career, and the work
he is doing on partnering and
practising in Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander communities.
Dr Prince is a renowned motivational
speaker and will detail how he came to
establish the not-for-profit One Disease
at a Time, which aims to systematically
focus on significant diseases affecting
Australians today, with the aim of
improving the basic standard of health
for all Australians.
Born in Dundee, Scotland to Sri Lankan
immigrants, Dr Prince moved with
this family to Australia in 1986.
Gifted academically, he began tertiary
education at the age of 16 at the
Australian National University after
which he graduated with a degree in
Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from
Monash University in Melbourne.
While studying medicine in Melbourne,
Sam established his first business,
Zambrero Fresh Mex Grill, in his
hometown, Canberra. Zambrero is built
upon the key principles of happiness,
healthy food, and humanitarianism.
The chain now has more than 50 outlets
with international expansion plans in
Dr Prince continued to practise as a
doctor while growing Zambrero and
since 2011 has led the chain in its
work with Action Against Hunger in
a program known as ‘Plate 4 Plate’, to
provide high-protein, high-vitamin
meals that help strengthen people
suffering from malnutrition in Liberia.
Paying homage to his parent’s heritage
(and grateful for his start in life),
Sam founded the Emagine Foundation
in 2007, which has built and equipped
15 information technology learning
centres in rural Sri Lanka to date.
There are plans for 100 centres by
the end of 2014, and expansion to
Cambodia and Vietnam, with the help
of corporate partners and the ongoing
support of the Zambrero group.
Dr Prince also established One Disease
at a Time, which aims to systematically
focus, one by one, upon significant
diseases affecting Australians today,
with the aim of improving the basic
standard of health of all Australians.
He has been joined by a team including
Nobel laureates and leading medal
scientists to redefine the model of
how to partner and practice within the
Aboriginal communities in Australia.
In 2013, he further expanded his
business interests by establishing
the Mèjico restaurant in the Sydney
CBD which prides itself in serving
market-fresh modern Mexican cuisine
PAC14 is being held at the National
Convention Centre in Canberra from
10-12 October. Details and registration
are available at www.psa.org.au
Oral health improving
While the oral health and dental care
of Australians has improved over the
long term it may be going backwards in
The Australian Institute of Health and
Welfare (AIHW) report, Oral health and
dental care in Australia: key facts and
figures trends 2014, highlights key trends
in the oral health and dental care of the
It shows some areas where
improvements made in the past have
either plateaued or have declined.
For example, from 1977 to 1995, there
was a steady drop in the average
number of children’s baby teeth affected
by decay. This trend had now reversed,
with a gradual rise from 1996.
AIHW spokesperson Dr Adrian Webster
said: ‘Similarly, since the late 1990s there
has been a gradual increase in decay
of children’s permanent teeth.’ And for
people aged 15 and over, from 1994 to
2010 the proportion of people reporting
any adverse oral health impact (such as
toothache, feeling uncomfortable about
dental appearance or avoiding certain
foods because of problems with their
teeth) generally rose. The proportion
ranged between 31.4% (1994) and
‘But despite this, the cost of dental care
remains a barrier for some. From 1994 to
2010 there was a rise in the proportion
of adults avoiding visits to a dentist due
to costs, from about 25% to 30%.’
Total spending on dental services in
Australia increased from $6.133 billion
to $8.336 billion (adjusted for inflation)
between 2005–06 and 2011–12.
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