Speakers

Dr Karen Mekertichian Proudly Supported by Colgate
Dr Karen Mekertichian Proudly Supported by Colgate

Dr Kareen Mekertichian  BDSc (Hons), MDSc, FRACDS, FICD 

 

Lecture 1
"Periodontal disease in children - The red flags" 
Although uncommon, periodontal and soft tissue changes in children can often manifest underlying health and system related considerations. This presentation will overview the clinical, diagnostic and management considerations for the child population.


Lecture 2
“Dental considerations in the treatment of children with common systemic health issues”
This presentation will overview common health related issues affecting children – such as ENT concerns, respiratory issues, obesity and diabetes. The dental and treatment considerations relating to these conditions will be discussed and management strategies will be presented.  

 

Biography

Kareen Mekertichian is a specialist Paediatric Dentist in private practice, establishing the first specialist referral practice in Sydney, Australia in 1995.  Dr Kareen completed his dental degree (BDS) in 1986 at the University of Sydney and obtained his postgraduate training at Westmead Centre for Oral Health (WCOH), completing his Masters Programme (MDSc) in 1993. Dr Kareen obtained his Primary Fellowship in 1989 and subsequent Secondary Fellowship (RACDS) in 1992 - continuing his close association with WCOH and the Children’s Hospital Westmead as a visiting specialist. Dr Kareen has also been honoured with membership as a Fellow to the Pierre Fauchard Academy, as well as to the International College of Dentists.

 

Dr Kareen’s long-standing experience in clinical dentistry is matched by an ongoing involvement in providing continuing education and teaching.  Dr Kareen is also an active member of numerous National and International organisations involved in clinical care and research, relating to the child patient.  Dr Kareen continues his executive role on several dental societies, as well as acting as an examiner for the RACDS and the Postgraduate Paediatric Dentistry Masters course at WCOH.

 

Dr. Cindy Nguyen, Periodontist, Proudly Supported by Oral B
Dr. Cindy Nguyen, Periodontist, Proudly Supported by Oral B

Dr. Cindy Nguyen, Periodontist

 

BDSc (Melb), DCD (perio), FRACDS (perio).

 

The importance of managing peri-implant soft tissues:
Dental implants are accepted as part of mainstream dentistry. Although long term data have shown that implants are predictable treatment modality, a small group of patients are at risk of developing implant complications including peri-implantitis. While the treatment of periodontitis is established and predictable long term, there are no current consensus for the effective treatment of peri-implantitis.  As dental care providers, we should be able to identify patients who are at risk and know how to recognise the early signs of peri-implantitis in order to institute an appropriate care program. The care of an implant rehabilitated patient needs to be systematic, individualised and cooperative with patients to continuously care for their peri-implant tissues.
 
Cindy's Biography:

 

Cindy graduated with her dental degree from the University of Melbourne in 2004. Having finished at the top of her year, Cindy received a number of awards from The University, The Melbourne Dental School and also from The Australian Dental Association (*listed below if you were curious as to what they are).  After five years of work in private practice and public clinics, Cindy commenced her specialty training in the field of Periodontics at the Melbourne Dental School. Her research project was on antibodies subclasses found in a chronic periodontitis population. Cindy currently works in a specialist periodontics clinic in Melbourne and has maintained her involvement in clinical demonstrating at The Melbourne Dental School since 2006.

 

Awards:

* Faculty of Med, Dent and Health Sciences Deans’ Honors List.

John Iliffe Scholarship 

The Australian Dental Association (Victoria Branch) Prize for Best Student.

The American Society of Dentistry for Children Prize 

Rowden White Prize 

 

Winthrop Prof. Paul V. Abbott  BDSc, MDS, FRACDS(Endo), FPFA, FADI, FICD, FACD

 

Title: An update on drugs in dentistry.

 

Prof. Paul Abbott BDSc, MDS, FRACDS(Endo) is the Winthrop Professor of Clinical Dentistry at The University of Western Australia where he co-ordinates and teaches both the undergraduate and postgraduate endodontic programmes. Prof. Abbott is an Endodontist and works part-time in private practice. From 2003-2009, he was Head of the School of Dentistry and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA. From 2010-2012, he was the Director of Postgraduate Studies and Research. He has presented over 600 lectures and courses in 38 countries and he has published 113 articles in refereed dental journals and 18 textbook chapters. He serves on Editorial Boards and Scientific Review Panels of 17 international journals. Prof. Abbott is a Past President of the International Federation of Endodontic Associations, the Asian Pacific Endodontic Confederation and the Australian Society of Endodontology Inc. He has also been a Director of the Australian Dental Council and is now a member of the Dental Board of Australia. In 2004, he was awarded the University of Western Australia’s Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2008 the Australian Dental Association awarded him their Service Medallion to recognise his service to Dentistry. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Asian Pacific Endodontic Confederation and the University Dental Students Society at UWA.

 

 

Presentation Topic: An update on drugs in dentistry

 

All dental practitioners need to be aware of medications being taken by their patients - this includes medications/drugs prescribed by a health practitioner, those self-prescribed by the patient and any so-called "natural", "herbal" or 'alternate" substances being used. Many medications can have effects on dental treatment plus they may interact with medications used or recommended by dental practitioners. In this ever changing world, it is difficult to keep abreast of all substances that may be used by patients and their potential effects. This presentation will review some of the latest developments that are of particular interest to dentistry.

 

Meloshini Naicker proudly supported by Dental Ed
Meloshini Naicker proudly supported by Dental Ed
Meloshini Naicker

Meloshini Naicker, RDH – BOH, Adv Dip OH, Dip Marketing, Cert IV Training and Assessment, M.P.H

 

PERIOSCOPY

 

As dental hygienists we spend hours developing our instrumentation skills to obtain the most favourable results in periodontal debridement. But often, even after several attempts to scale and root plane areas , there may be some areas that don’t resolve, either due to the presence of  residual calculus or even root anatomy that may be contributing to poor healing.  One of the options is to refer for open flap debridement. 

 

Perioscopy has changed the perspectives of many utilizing this technology. It utilizes a miniature dental endoscope with advanced video lighting and 48 times magnification that allows clinicians to treat areas below the gum line non-surgically.  This advanced technology removes the ‘blindfolds’ and enables clinicians to see details of tooth  anatomy, mineralised deposits and directly view instrument effectiveness and treat periodontal disease in a minimally invasive way.

 

We have embraced this technology 2 years ago and our patients are amazed at how comfortable the procedure is; the minimal amount of post-operative discomfort experienced and the fact that they too can view exactly what is being done. Perioscopy has changed the way I practice as a dental hygienist and I would love to share some of my experiences with my fellow colleagues. 

 

 

Biography:

 

Meloshini completed her Bachelors Degree in Oral Health at the University of Durban Westville, South Africa in 1991. After graduating, Meloshini spent a short time in private practice in Durban, South Africa and thereafter was offered a position at the School of Dentistry, University of Durban Westville where she worked for 16 years. She lectured in Radiography, Cariology, Periodontology, Community Dentistry and Management of Patients with Special Needs. Meloshini was the course co-ordinator for many of the units and was also elected programme co-ordinator of the Oral Health and Dental Therapy Programme at the University of Durban Westville.  Meloshini obtained a postgraduate Diploma in Oral Hygiene in 1997 and then went on to obtain a Marketing Diploma from the Durban Institute of Technology in  2002. Back in South Africa, she was elected the President of the South African Oral Hygiene Association from 1995 – 1997. She served on the Health Professions Council of South Africa and was elected the vice-chairperson of the Professional Board of Oral Hygiene and Dental Therapy as well as the Vice Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Board from the period 1999 – 2003.

 

Meloshini immigrated to Australia in March 2007. She currently resides in Melbourne, Victoria and is employed 4 days a week at Central Park Periodontics in Malvern East. She is also a teacher for the Advanced Diploma of Oral Hygiene Programme at the RMIT School of Life and Physical Sciences and is a demonstrator and teacher for the Bachelor of Oral Health Programme at the University of Melbourne. Meloshini graduated with her Masters of Public Health Degree from the University of Queensland in 2012. 

Dr Justin Darby
BDSc(Hons) Qld, MDSc (Perio) Qld
Specialist Periodontist
Presentation Topic:

Periodontal Disease in Daily Hygiene Practice -
The role of the hygienist in identifying, managing, and treating periodontal diseases.

A combined Hygienist - Periodontist presentation discussing key roles for the Dentist and Hygienist in overall care of our clients who are susceptible to periodontal disease.

  • Is periodontal charting necessary for every patient?
  • How much bleeding and pocketing warrants a diagnosis of Periodontitis?
  • How do we know if our treatment has been effective?
  • What indicators identify patients who are susceptible to periodontal disease progression?
  • Are regular maintenance appointments (SPT visits) an opportunity for 'supervised neglect'?
  • How can we enhance the role of the hygienist in the management of periodontal disease and overall patient care?

Biography:

 

Dr Justin Darby, is Specialist Periodontist working in Private Practice in Sydney, Australia.
Justin graduated from the University of Qld Bachelor of Dental Science program in 1999 before working around Australia as a Squadron Leader Dental Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force. In 2007 Justin obtained his Master of Periodontics at the University of Queensland, specialising in gum disease and dental implant placement. As part of his Master’s program, Justin researched peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. The diagnosis, management and treatment of these conditions has continued to dominate his work in specialist practice, and Justin has lectured on this topic around Australia at numerous dental conferences on the management of periodontal disease and peri-implant inflammation. He has also taught Undergraduate Dental Students, Dental Therapists and Dental Hygienists at both the University of Queensland and University of Sydney. Justin is a member of the Australian Society of Periodontists (ASP), Australia New Zealand Association of Periodontists (ANZAP), and the Australian Osseointegration Society (AOS).

Professor Clive Wright, MDS, PhD, FICD, MRACDS (DPH).

Centre for Education & Research on Ageing & Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney

 

Presentation Topic: "Policy and Pragmatism in National Oral Health Promotion; with a geriatric spin!"

 

 

Biography:

 

Clive Wright graduated BDS (Otago) and completed an MDS and PhD also at the University of Otago. Clive held teaching and research positions in Wales, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Between 1989 and 1997 he was Professor of Preventive and Community Dentistry, and Head of the School of Dental Science, at The University of Melbourne.

 

He has since worked in dental public health first as Director, Health Promotion and Research with Dental Health Services Victoria, Australia, as Chief Advisor (Oral Health) with the NZ Ministry of Health, and as Chief Dental Officer for NSW.

 

 

Clive was Chair of the Ministerial Review of Dental Services in Victoria in 1986, the inaugural Chair of the Accreditation Committee of Australian Dental Schools of the Australian Dental Council 1995/1996 and the Chair of the Dental Auxiliary Accreditation Sub-committee of the Australian Dental Council 2001/2002. He has published widely in the fields of public dental health and oral health promotion and has held a number of consultancy and advisory positions for national and international agencies in both the public and private sectors.

 

Currently Clive holds the appointment of Assistant Director (Oral Health) & Clinical Professor, Centre for Education & Research on Ageing, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney at the Concord Clinical School and Faculty of Dentistry as well as Adjunct Professor, Charles Sturt University. He continues his collaborative research with the Department of Oral Health Promotion at the Tokyo Medical & Dental University, Japan and maintain the role of Professor Emeritus with the University of Melbourne. He was Chair of the the National Oral Health Promotion Plan Committee which reported to the Federal Minister of Health in April 2013.

 

Abstract:

 

This presentation canvases the relationships between Commonwealth and States/Territories in policies regarding oral health promotion. Changes in government impact on policies. Transitional uncertainties in policy often take time to unfold until funding and incoming policy goals are clearly articulated. Population health, and the prevention of chronic health disorders fits well with oral health promotion goals and a common risk factor approach to disease reduction. The National Oral Health Promotion Plan Committee Report to Minister Plibersek in April 2013 provided a framework for integrating oral health promotion within the national preventive health agenda. Evidence-based, best-practice options described in the Report provide opportunity for pragmatic partnerships to be advanced which promote the shared professional, state and industry goals of improving the oral health of all Australians against the background of changing future demographics.

Hope Alexander, MPH, Perth WA

 

Biography:

 

A teacher and TAFE lecturer Hope has devoted her middle and latter years to the study of primary health care, gaining a Masters in Public Health (2008).

She regularly presents a consumer perspective at conferences and events.

 

Hope has written articles for “Medical Forum WA”, the GPs on-line magazine.

‘What do seniors expect from their GP’ and ‘Medication Reconciliation’ Hope presented the consumer perspective on “The role of the Nurse Practitioner in WA” at a public forum in Perth in May 2009.

 

Hope holds a number of health consumer representative positions which inform doctors, medical students, allied health professionals as well as fellow consumers including:

 

University of Western Australia, Dept. of Population Health Seniors’ Consultation Panel – safety of medicines for seniors

 

University of Western Australia, Dept of Medicine - ‘Well women’s clinic’ –

Teaching associate for medical students

 

Consumer representative on various national committees and working parties: including: the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Health Literacy Project (ongoing);

and the last DoHA Overseas Qualified Oral Health Practitioners' Review Committee.

 

In addition Hope regularly acts as a patient for the oral medicine examinations at OHCWA.

 

Former consumer representative Quality improvement committee, Oral Health Centre WA

 

Included in “Who’s who of Australian women 2010-13

 

Presentation Topic: Put the head back on the body …” the case for an affordable, accessible, timely oral health service

 

Theme: Inform, influence, implement: Research improving policy and practice

 

As Morgan et al state ”Integrating the delivery of oral health and general health services will reduce unnecessary oral disease”.

"Everyone needs dental care, but currently only 40 per cent of Australians are getting adequate regular care. It is a very unequal system” (McBride); some crucial areas:

* addressing immediate need for people on waiting lists,

* increasing the preventive effort,

* assisting the creation of more services in rural Australia, and

* increasing the workforce to meet increased future demand" (McBride);

"A successful solution will require widespread reform which takes into account the needs and views of consumers and the not just the interests of Governments, medical and other service providers".   

Methods: Literature search, case studies, narrative, personal communication

Findings:

* Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS) also known as "Medicare Dental" not meeting needs of patients;

*650 eligible patients on public dental waiting lists (2007 figures recorded in Hansard 2008, repeated in "WA Seniors" paper December, 2008). Many patients not on list, as there are no facilities in rural, regional and remote areas in WA;

*eligible patients in WA missing out on CDDS scheme as dentists advised by their association not to participate.

*universal dental care needed - an equal and fair system;

*have high quality oral health workforce but need to grow it and funding structures,

Implications for policy & practice:

* Reducing waiting lists,

* increasing access to preventive and restorative dental care, the preventive effort, so that

* everyone can access the dental care they need;

* assisting the creation of more services in rural Australia by

* boosting services in the public sector and other areas of need.

* increasing the workforce to meet increased future demand,

* increasing capacity in the dental workforce.

Clare McNally ADDH, GradCertHealProm, MPhil (Dent)

 

Biography:

 

Clare graduated from Curtin University as a dental hygienist in 2000. Since then she has worked in the private and public sector in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. She completed her Masters of Philosophy (Dentistry) at the University of Sydney in 2012.  Clare is passionate about the expansion and best utilisation of the dental hygiene, dental therapy and oral health therapy workforce. She is currently working in the Special Needs Unit at Adelaide Dental Hospital and completing her PhD at the University of Adelaide. The working title of her thesis is: Investigation of the association between oral health and health outcomes in older people following a neck of femur fracture: a pilot study.        

 

Margie Steffens, DDH

 

Biography 

 

Lecturer and Manager Community Outreach School of Dentistry and Senior Educator Dental Hygienist Special Needs Unit ADH.

I was a late comer to dentistry, and have managed to pack as much as possible into my life since.

 

I consider myself a very privileged professional having worked for the past 20 years in Special Needs and Aged care and have had the immense satisfaction of setting up a dental clinic through the University of Adelaide School of Dentistry that provides dental care for people who are Homeless, Refugees and marginalised people in our community who may find access to conventional dental care prohibitive.

 

As an educator, clinician who has an interest in research that improves quality of life for all people my belief is that as professionals we have a mission to encourage our students, up and coming professionals to see further than just routine dental work in the clinic. To consider the possibilities of sharing their expertise and provision of care with the most vulnerable and frequently hard to reach populations

 

Working with numerous colleagues, dentist and dental hygienists, e.g. Dr John Mc Intyre, Dr Liz Coates, Dr John Kaidonis,( eminent dentists whose work has had global recognition in Minimal Intervention, fluoride research and dental care for HIV populations) has been inspirational in providing the impetus to develop materials and programmes to assist with advocacy and care for underserved individuals in our community.

 

A phrase that captures my belief in enthusiasm:"To succeed, one cannot afford to be a realist." -  Albert Bandura contemporary Psychologist 

 

Presentation Topic: ORAL HEALTH FOR THOSE WHO CARE

 

 

“Older adults still need to eat and talk comfortably, to feel happy with their appearance, to stay pain free, to maintain the habits/standards of hygiene and care that they have had throughout their lives”.*

*Chalmers, JM (2003). Oral Health promotion for our ageing Australian population. Australian Dental Journal, 48(1), pp 2-9

 

The Dental Hygienists Association of South Australia (Inc) has produced with the support of the National body and in collaboration with the School of Dentistry at the University of Adelaide, a self-contained portfolio of various documents designed to assist oral health professionals in the preparation and provision of training to staff and residents in acute care and long term care facilities.

Contained within the Oral Health for Those Who Care package is a video on how to deliver education sessions together with support documents such as useful references, suggested discussion questions and evaluation forms.

 

This package also contains two DVD’s, and an accompanying handbook, to assist health professionals and carers in the provision of oral health care to residents in supportive care facilities. These can be made available to the facilities for in-house training.

The Oral Health for Those Who Care package is relevant to a range of health professionals in various settings and can be used in part, to comply with continuing professional development requirements.

 

Katrina Murphy  MA, BA.

 

Industrial relations and contracts 

 

Profile

Katrina Murphy is the Managing Director of Katrina Murphy Industrial Relations and has more than 20 years extensive experience in Employee Relations and Human Resources management, industrial advocacy, investigation work and consulting to employers and professional associations.

 

Katrina started her own consulting company Kamcorp Industrial Relations in Melbourne in 1994 in Melbourne.  Kamcorp became Katrina Murphy Industrial Relations in 2006, and is now based in Brisbane and consults to employer and professional association clients all over Australia. During her eighteen years of consulting, Katrina has consulted to employer and Association clients in a very wide range of sectors and industries across all States of Australia. 

 

Prior to starting her consulting business, Katrina held senior industrial relations management positions in Canberra with CSIRO and ACT Electricity and Water in Canberra, then in Melbourne with BTR Nylex, and the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Katrina has tutored in Political Science and Government at the University of Queensland.

 

Katrina has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Queensland and undertook Graduate Law studies at ANU in Canberra and Melbourne University.

 

Katrina has been invited to provide industrial relations commentary for ABC Radio Canberra, ABC Regional Radio Victoria, The Age and Herald Sun newspapers and SBS World News and regularly provides columns on IR initiatives for various professional and employer association publications. 

 

Katrina has been involved in political lobbying for clients on both a State and Federal level for many years.  She has sat on client boards and advised Boards in both the private and sector. Katrina is a highly experienced public speaker and accredited management trainer.     

 

 

Presentation: Industrial Relations and Workplace Issues – Meeting the Challenges

 

  • Bullying at work – what can an individual do?
  • Pressure to sign contracts during practice takeovers. What are your rights and what are the risks?
  • Terms in an employment contract - what to expect, what is reasonable, what is not, and how to find out more.
  • Being a Contractor – what does this mean?
  • Do you have an entitlement to redundancy?
  • What to do if you have a query or problem with an employment conditions or industrial relations issue.
  • Open forum for questions on general or specific industrial relations, employee relations or workplace issues. Subject to available time, Katrina will answer all questions without notice from the floor.

Prof Johann de Vries BChD, BChD (Hons), MDent, Col, FICD, FPFA, FADI, FACD

Professor & Dean, The University of Adelaide, Dental School.

 

 

Careers with Universities: clinical tutoring - what you need to know.

 

Biography:

 

Professor and Dean, School of Dentistry, University of Adelaide and President of the Australasian Council of Dental Schools

Member of the National Advisory Council on Dental Health, Federal Health Minister Member of the Board of Directors of the Australian Dental Council Visiting Professor, Kings College London

Previous Advisor to the Canadian Health Ministry Vice chair of the Academic Council International Medical University, Malaysia Received the most distinguished awards in Canada by the dental profession (CDA)

 

Received the highest honour in global dental education in 2012 being awarded the ADEA Gies Award for vision, innovation and achievement in dental education 

Received the highest award by the State of Kentucky, USA

Presented more than 210 invited presentations globally

 

Member of the HWA Review of the Scope of Practice for oral health practitioners

 

Member of the HWA review of the Health Practitioner Prescription Pathway Project

 

Member of the HWA project to develop a dental and oral health workforce strategy for Australia

 

Member of Universities Australia Health Education Standing Group

 

 

Winthrop Professor Marc Tennant

BDSc MSc(prelim) PhD FACHSM CHM FFASPHD FICD FADI

 

Director (and Founder) International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity

Director (and Founder) Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health

The University of Western Australia

 

Presentation Title: 


We live in the lucky country, but, the luck is not with everyone. An expose of those who miss out, the failed systems and ways forward in oral health.

 

 

The health of Australians is the envy of many countries in the world.  Our dental health has shown remarkable progress in the last 30 years.  Prevalence of childhood decay has plummeted to the point now where over 60% of children suffer no decay.  Similarly, for the elderly, the rates of edentulous continue to fall exponentially.  However, not everyone has benefited from these massive improvements; of particular note are those living outside major cities and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  The gradient between the wealthy and the marginalised remains significant and arguably grows and the consequent health implications of this are significant.  In this presentation the extent of the marginalisation of member of our community will be discussed.  A critique of existing service models and there effectiveness in the current changed climate of disease distribution will be a primary focus.  The developments of the last decade targeted at amelioration of the marginalisation will be discussed and ways towards a more just Australia presented.

 


Biography

Marc is the Director (and founder) of the International Research Collaborative - Oral Health and Equity (IRC) and the Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health, (CRROH). Based at The University of Western Australia he has, over the last two decades, with many collaborators, brought the discipline of rural, remote and Indigenous oral health to the forefront of the agenda in dentistry in Australia. Marc has published widely in the peer review literature.  He has some 150 publications and has received $US15-20million in R&D funding over the last 15 years. Operating with a philosophy of integrated Service, Education and Research the team has provided dental care to disadvantaged rural and remote dwelling Western Australians and lead the Australian development innovative dental education models. The IRC brings a new focus on improving dental research and dental pubic health leadership across the wider region of Australias neighbours, its collaborators stretch from the Middle East through the sub-continent to Asia and out into the Pacific.  This world-class collaborative drives a research and development agenda aligned with WHO goals for global health improvement.  Following his Doctorate research in vascular biology, Marc returned to the oral health arena where he has served in many senior leadership roles (Dean and Head of School roles) in Dental Schools across Australia.  Intertwining a love of computing with an innovative streak Marc has undertaken lead roles in the start up of all Australia’s newest Dental Schools, all of which are rural-based and continues his lifelong efforts towards reducing social disadvantage.

 

Wendy Meggison

 

Wendy graduated in 2002 with First Class Honours in Law and also obtained a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics from Kings College London. Prior to studying law, Wendy was a registered nurse, midwife and health care educator and has held senior management positions in health care organisations in the UK, USA, Vietnam and Australia.

 

Wendy practices in professional indemnity, medical treatment liability and public and product liability in court proceedings, coronial inquests and disciplinary proceedings. She also advises on health care policy formation and risk management.

 

She acts on behalf of insurers, public and private hospitals, regulatory boards, medical defence organisations and government departments and regularly provides lectures and seminars to health care professionals.

 

 

Presentation Topic: Patient referral, medical records and documentation

 

This presentation will focus on referral of patients to colleagues in the dental profession. Appropriate referrals are an integral part of clinical practice which should serve to enhance the overall quality of dental care and management provided to patients. The presentation will touch upon the essential components of an appropriate referral, the importance of formal referrals and the process of good communication between the dental team and patients.

 

The importance of medical records as a communication tool, good record keeping and documentation in the facilitation of seamless defensible dental practice will also be addressed.

Linda Cann & Kristen Knox

 

Presentation Topics:

Introducing Medicare Locals and their role in supporting allied health professionals.

 

Biographies

 

  • Linda Cann: Linda is the Public Relations Coordinator at Perth North Metro Medicare Local. She previously worked as the Health Reporter at The Sunday Times newspaper and PerthNow news website for six years. She has also worked for the Department of Premier and Cabinet in the Government Media Office.

 

  • Kristen Knox: Kristen is the Primary Health Liaison Officer at Perth North Metro Medicare Local. Prior to this, Kristen was employed in Health Promotion roles at the Australian Medical Association, The Western Australian AIDS Council and HepatitisWA.

 

Thursday Speaker (3.5 Scientific Hours):

Dr Jeff Cox, BDSc, MDSc (Prosth)

  • Graduated BDSc 1984, 12 years general dental practice followed by 5 years post graduate training.
  • Awarded Certificate in Restorative Dentistry 1997, and MDSc in Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics 2001.
  • Registered as a Specialist Prosthodontist.
  • Part time positions with Royal Brisbane Hospital as Consultant to Maxillo Facial Surgical Unit and Lecturer University of Queensland Dental School.

 

Dr Jeff Cox presents on complaints in the dental industry and examines  three critical reasons for complaints: technical failure, biological failure and  ‘Idiopathic’ patient dissatisfaction. This includes discussing how practitioners can communicate biological failure to patients (before and after), early recognition of neurotic patients and communicating effectively so you meet a patient’s expectations and avoid unrealistic expectations. 

Megan Reilly RN, BN, Cert IV Assessment & Workplace Training, MHlthSc (Inf Control), Immunise Cert MACN CICP

 

 

Topic

Infection Control: A review of the oral health literature, contemporary infection prevention and management work practices, the National Safety & Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS) Standards for public dental services and private dental practices, reprocessing of reusable dental instruments and equipment, staff health issues and occupational exposure

 

Speaker Profile

 

Megan is a registered general nurse with a Certificate in Infection Control obtained from Fremantle Hospital (1988). She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing at Edith Cowan University in 1999, Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training in 2001 and Masters in Health Science (Infection Control) with Honours at Griffith University in 2002.  Megan is a Credentialled Infection Control Professional (CICP).

 

Megan has twenty-four years experience working in the specialist area of infection prevention and management, and HIV/AIDS in the community, residential, office-based, acute and day surgery health care setting. Over the years, she has attended and presented posters and papers at state, national and international conferences, published in Australian Healthcare Infection peer-review journal, established a respite house for people living with HIV disease, guest lectured to undergraduate nurses at Edith Cowan University and currently co-coordinates a Graduate Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control course with the Centre for Nursing Education at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia.

 

In 1998 Megan commenced Hands-On Infection Control which provides a variety of infection prevention consultancy, education and immunisation services to over 100 acute, community, residential, volunteer, office-based, day surgery, rehabilitation, child care, personal services, corrective justice, aviation, industry and training organisations in both metropolitan, rural and remote Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland, Victoria, the ACT and New South Wales.

 

Megan  continues to participate in educational and professional development opportunities, which reflect the need to know of, understand and professionally practice evidence-based infection prevention and management.  Her professional memberships include the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Inc (APIC), Australian College of Nursing (CAN), Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCI) and the Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN) Ltd.  

 

Megan has held executive positions on both State and National infection control professional associations, was Chair of the AICA Infection Control Standards 2006 Review Working Party, Convenor of the 2010 AICA 6th Biennial Infection Control Conference, WA representative on the 2012 ACIPC (formally AICA) 7th Biennial Conference Executive Committee and is currently member of the Marie Stopes International (Australia) National Medical Advisory Committee.  Megan was appointed as a Director to the First Executive Council of the new Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) in January 2012 and is Co-Chair of the College Education and Research Committee.

 

Megan possesses a philosophical belief in the importance and necessity of infection control principles and evidence-based practices that are of a multidisciplinary nature.