Queen funeral invite humbles SA dentist

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Adelaide special needs dentist Trudy Lin says she's honoured to attend the Queen's funeral and hopes her invite brings added recognition to those who work in her field.

The 2022 Young Australian of the Year provides oral healthcare to people with physical and intellectual disabilities, psychiatric illness or complex medical issues including cancer.

She is one of 20 such specialist dentists across the country.

"It is such an honour and so incredibly humbling to be selected to be representative of South Australia and Australia," Dr Lin said.

"I do hope the focus is not so much on me as an individual but me as a representative of all the other specialists in special needs dentistry who work for the same cause."

Dr Lin said she had "huge respect" for the Queen and her commitment to a life of service.

She initially felt disbelief after taking the call from the prime minister's office on Sunday and was quick to check her work diary.

"First and foremost my commitment is to my patients but I'm very fortunate to be supported by an amazing team," she said.

"They were more than happy to be accommodating in assisting and supporting me to have this opportunity."

Dr Lin was one of 10 "ordinary Australians" invited to Monday's funeral at Westminster Abbey.

She'll be joined by Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott, Australian of the Year Local Hero Shanna Whan, i4give Day and Foundation co-creator Danny Abdallah and Australian Racing Hall of Fame Inductee Chris Waller.

Senior Australian of the Year Valmai Dempsey, Tasmanian Local Hero Kim Smith, 2021 Senior Australian of the Year Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann, 2021 West Australian of the Year Professor Helen Milroy and 2022 Queensland Local Hero Saba Abraham were also invited.