Nov 28, 2017
DR John Brabant
Carevan Foundation

‘Carevan Foundation’

The Carevan Foundation helps to feed the homeless and disadvantaged of rural Australia. The founder of Carevan, Dr John Brabant has worked as an orthodontist in rural Australia for almost 30 years. After reading an article in the Border Mail entitled "It's easier to turn away than to care" about the homeless and the disadvantaged people in Albury Wodonga and Northern Victoria, he decided to take action.

The Carevan Foundation aims to create a sense of identity, a sense of belonging and a sense of achievement in those less advantaged in our society. The Foundation is focused on changing "us" and "them" to become "we". After almost a year, the Carevan in Albury Wodonga has become an icon, a symbol that this community cares, and that a community through a strong volunteer network can fight hunger and poverty. "Sometimes a feeling from the heart becomes a jigsaw puzzle that is meant to be put together".  Carevan runs a number of programs to support it's cause.

Dr Brabant graduated with his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Honours) Sydney University and also received his Master of Dental Science (Orthodontics) from Sydney University.

He is a member of Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, Pierre Fauchard Academy, International College of Dentists and World Federation of Orthodontists.

Dr Brabant is a former Secretary and President of Australian Society of Orthodontics (NSW Branch) and has previously held positions as a tutor in Paedodontics and Prosthetic Dentistry at Sydney University and lecturer to Speech Pathology students at Sydney University. Dr Brabant has presented for Invisalign at the 2014 Invisalign Summit in Singapore, ANZ Invisalign Orthodontic Forum, Queenstown 2015. Dr Brabant has worked for 32 years in private specialist orthodontic practice and his practice, Evolve Orthodontics, won a Telstra Business award in 2012.