About HKDA

 

Brief History of the HKDA

The Hong Kong Dental Association was founded in 1950, formerly known as Hong Kong Dental Society. It has a membership of over 2,100 members, representing nearly 90% of the registered dentists in Hong Kong. Since its establishment, the Association has been encouraging lifelong learning of the profession and elevating professional skills and standards. It has been providing members with continuing education opportunities by organizing monthly meetings, workshops, one-day courses, etc. and inviting local and overseas academic and renowned experts to give lectures.

The Association has been recognized as a representative of the dental profession by the Government, which has consulted the Association on matters related to dental policies. In the early days when dentistry was not yet fully developed in Hong Kong, the Association gave dental development recommendations to the Government proactively such as water fluoridation scheme, set up of a dental school in Hong Kong (now the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Hong Kong) and a training school for dental hygienists, etc. The Association is the Implementing Agency of the Community Care Fund Elderly Dental Assistance Programme and has representation in various advisory committees of the Government. The Association is also fully aware of the importance of oral health education. To make people aware of the importance of a sound oral health habit, it has been organizing dental health programs and disseminating correct oral health messages to the general public through different platforms.

The Association will strenuously uplift the international status of Hong Kong dentists. In the international arena, the Association is a member of the FDI World Dental Federation and one of the founder-member associations of the Asia Pacific Dental Federation. It hosted international dental congresses to foster exchange of dental knowledge and skills such as the 83rd FDI Annual World Dental Congress (AWDC) in 1995 and the 100th FDI AWDC in 2012 as well as the Asia Pacific Dental Congresses (APDC) in 1984 (the 11th APDC), 2004 (the 26th APDC), 2009 (the 31st APDC) and 2016 (the 38th APDC). It also aims at intensifying the academic exchange activities and ties with the Mainland counterparts with a view to making greater contributions to the development of dentistry in China and creating a brilliant future.

In the years to come, Hong Kong Dental Association will adhere to its philosophy of encouraging the profession to strive for excellence on the one hand while promoting oral health education to enhance public oral health status on the other. As a representative of the dental profession, the Association will continue giving inputs to the Government on its consultations on various policy issues.

 

Mission Statement of the HKDA

For the Development of the Profession

  1. To promote various collaborations with other stakeholders for career advancement and furtherance of Hong Kong dentistry through the provision of quality training pathways and continuing education programmes;
  2. To uplift the dental profession’s status and image through implementation of community dental projects in collaboration with the Government;
  3. To perform as the communication bridge between the local profession and the Government in the formulation of dental policy;
  4. To organize quality international/regional conferences;
  5. To represent the local dental profession to proactively participate in major dental events organized by the mainland and international dental organizations;
  6. To facilitate the maintenance of high standard of patient care in private dental practice through continuing educational programmes;
  7. To advocate work-life balance through organizing sports, social and volunteer activities and hence strengthen the bonding between colleagues.

For Meeting the Needs of Society

  1. To reciprocate our society by giving care through implementing community dental service projects launched by the Government, targeting different populations with special dental service needs;
  2. To raise the general public awareness of oral health care through promotional activities;
  3. To support initiatives that can largely help address the special dental service needs in society; and
  4. To explore the feasibility of promoting primary dental care including regular dental check-up among secondary school students through public-private partnership.