Professor Laurie Walsh


Laurie graduated BDSc (Hons) as a university medallist from the University of Queensland in 1983, and then undertook a PhD while doing part-time clinical practice at the UQ dental school. He was a Visiting Dental Officer to the Royal Brisbane Hospital from 1987-88. He then spent 1989-1990 at the University of Pennsylvania, and then returned to Brisbane to pursue an academic and specialist clinical career. Laurie gained a higher doctorate (DDSc) in 1993. He again served as Visiting Dental Officer to the Royal Brisbane Hospital from 1991-2000, and maintained restricted part-time practice in special needs dentistry from 1987-2005. He was registered as a specialist in special needs dentistry in 2006. His clinical interests include laser surgery, an area of practice he has helped evolve over 25 years, and been involved in training across Oceania and South East Asia.

Laurie was promoted to professor in 1999. He was the Head of the UQ School of Dentistry from 2004-2013, during which time he also led the UQ Oral Health Centre project from design through to construction. He currently is the discipline lead for special needs dentistry, research group leader for advanced materials and technologies, and joint coordinator of clinical placements at the UQ School of Dentistry.

Laurie has taught courses and lectured extensively throughout Australia and internationally, and has authored over 300 journal papers as well as numerous professional guidelines and protocols. His awards include a national university teaching excellence award in 1998, the Alan Docking IADR Science Award in 1999, the ADAQ Distinguished Service Award in 2012, and the ADA Inc Meritorious Service Award in 2013. He is the immediate past president of the ANZ Academy of Special Needs Dentistry, and has been Chief Examiner in microbiology for the RACDS since 1999.

Laurie has been a member of the ADA Infection Control Committee since 1998, and has been the editor of the ADA Infection Control Guidelines since 2009. He currently represents ADA Inc on three committees of Standards Australia, and is the dentistry representative on committees of the CDNA and ACSQHC. Laurie served on the Dental Board of Queensland from 2007-2010, and he continues to work with DBA, AHPRA, OHO and Queensland Health in infection control advising and auditing.

Laurie has served on a range of ADAQ committees since 1995. He joined first ADAQ Council in 1996, and has served on ADAQ Council for 12 years.

Laurie can be contacted for media enquiries through the Communications team on 07 3252 9866