Meet the ADA DHF team: SA Coordinator Mel Wolfendale

A smiling Mel Wolfendale pictured at FDI World Dental Congress 2023
Australian Dental Association
7 December 2023
7 min read

The ADA Dental Health Foundation (ADA DHF) seeks to improve the dental health of all Australians who cannot easily access or afford dental care. To do this, it coordinates the delivery of essential dental treatment to disadvantaged members of the community through well-established volunteer programs.


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1.    How long have you been with ADA Dental Health Foundation?

One year with ADA DHF but have been with ADA South Australia as Membership Coordinator for 2.5 years. I currently work a dual role.

2.    What do you find most rewarding about being a Coordinator?

Being able to help those in need of dental treatment to restore their smile.

3.    What is your favourite activity to do at Christmas time?

Watching my kids smile throughout the day with the presents and most importantly being with family.

4.    Any special Christmas traditions you do each year with friends and family?

We have a seafood dinner Christmas Eve followed by going to see all the Christmas lights in the surrounding suburbs.

5.    What is something you recently learned?

How to plot places on Google maps.



6.    What is your favourite movie?


7.    Favourite food?

Roasts & sushi.

8.    Do you collect anything?


9.  Favourite place to travel to?


10. What fact about you might surprise people? 

I have ridden motorbikes since I got my licence at the age of 17.