Ron has been a lecturer in Dental Hygiene since 1986.
He started his career at the Dental Hygiene Program in Amsterdam at the Academic Centre of Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA). He fulfilled a role as lecturer, pre-clinical and clinical coordinator, international coordinator and curriculum coordinator. He is the course coordinator of the Oral Health Science Course of La Trobe University in Bendigo (since 2012). He supported the development of the Dental Hygiene Education in Nepal (curriculum advisor and providing didactical and technical training) and managed an Oral Health Promotion Training Centre in Nepal.
He completed his PhD in 2018. His thesis is a historical analysis of the introduction of the dental hygiene education in Nepal and describes how issues of professionalism between oral health care providers and limited access to preventive care are barriers to achieve better oral health for the whole population and not only the ‘happy few’.
In 2013 he was the recipient of the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award, for innovation in international education. In 2015 he received recognition for his work in Nepal through a Social Responsibility Award from the IFDH and the Global Child Dental Fund. In 2017 he received the Teaching and Learning Award from the La Trobe Rural Health School. Since October 2018 he also the Director of Learning and Teaching of the La Trobe Rural Health School in Bendigo.