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Meet Dr Peter Vaughan

Peter Vaughan with a Live Life Smiling Patient

Peter Vaughan grew up in country NSW. His early life was spent working on his grandfather's, and later his father's farm at Gundy, with his spare time working in the family printing business.

Dr Vaughan has worked as an instructor at the Australian Outward Bound School and also as a builder's labourer. The experience at the Australian Outward Bound School became very important for the future directions that Peter followed. The Outward Bound School teaches young adults to have confidence in their ability, and that with determination they can achieve more than they initially believe. This confidence and determination has proven very important in the challenges Dr Vaughan experiences, especially in the battle to overcome dishonesty in dentistry.

Dr Vaughan studied Dentistry at Sydney University. His early years of dentistry were spent in the Royal Australian Air Force, serving at Amberley, Malaysia, Canberra and Richmond.

On leaving the RAAF Peter returned to Sydney University and completed his Masters of Dental Science, specialising in Orthodontics. Peter then worked for a number of orthodontic practices before establishing his own practice in Newcastle in 1988. He opened his first Orthodontic Surgery at Kotara, but soon outgrew the surgery, as patient demand and expansion required larger rooms which were established at Charlestown and Wallsend. 

In September 2014 Dr Vaughan opened a new state of the art Orthodontic Surgery at 90 Lambton Road Broadmeadow. The warm, friendly and relaxing environment is very welcoming.

Dr Vaughan is married with three grown sons, and he currently lives on a wildlife sanctuary with his wife. In addition to his Masters of Dental Science (his professional qualification) he also holds a Masters of Ornithology, as well as a Masters of Captive Vertebrate Management qualification. Peter has been a Director of The Wetlands Centre, a waterbird and wildlife refuge at Newcastle, as well as chairman of the Newcastle City Council's advisory committee on Blackbutt Reserve, a 550 acre reserve in Newcastle. Peter is still active in sport and is the Patron of the Newcastle Triathlon Club. A number of years ago he cycled from Brisbane to Newcastle. He has completed the Australian Ironman Triathlon more than 22 times, with over 102 Ironman races completed in total. This event requires a 3.8 km swim, 180.2 km cycle, followed by running a 42.2 km marathon, all within a 17 hour time limit. Only four other competitors in the world have completed more Ironman events.  Peter has recently taken up participating in Ultraman races, which is an event over three 12 hour days comprising of a 10 km swim, a 421.1 bike ride and a 84.3 km run, not for the faint hearted.

Dr Vaughan is a supporter of a number of charities, but his main support is with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), where he sponsors two research programmes on two aspects of depression, one looking for a genetic marker and the other as an environmental influence. Additionally, he supports the John Maclean Foundation which helps children who require wheelchairs, and the Australian Outward Bound School, where he sponsors young adults on courses to help with self-esteem. Outward Bound has brought about enormous improvements in the lives of the people it has supported, and you can find out more about Outward Bound by visiting outwardbound.org.au or the Hunter Medical Research Institute at hmri.org.au. Both of these organisations benefit all Australians and rely on community donations. Dr Peter Vaughan also works with other Newcastle community groups and treats a significant number of disadvantaged children for minimal or no charge to give these kids a better chance.

Dr Peter Vaughan is also a keen gardener and his garden is described as one of the best kept secrets in Newcastle. He opens the garden for charities and raises from $3,000 to over $6,000 on occasions. The garden is mainly Australian native plants with areas of traditional cottage gardens. It is also rich in birds and other Australian wildlife.