Pre-Conference Workshops – ADOHTA 2021

Pre-Conference Workshops

Please note workshops are being offered to onsite delegates only

Workshop 1

Enhancing Your Oral Health Practice: effectively implementing the new periodontal classification system for better patient outcomes

Catherine Snelling

Sophie Karanicolas

Sophie Karanicolas and Cathy Snelling have a wealth of experience in oral health and dental education and are still active in clinical practice. Their collaborative approach to colleague professional development courses is grounded in evidence-based research and ‘best practice’ methodologies.

Sophie is a registered dental hygienist, holds a Masters in Education, and is a Principal Fellow of the international Higher Education Academy (HEA). Cathy is a registered and currently practicing dental therapist, who has qualifications in adult education and workplace training, is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, and is the current vice-president of the Australian Dental Council.

As a team they have received a number of prestigious awards including an Australian Award for University Teaching, Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013.

Cathy and Sophie have contributed extensively to Australian and international conferences and programs in the oral health profession. They are active in the CPD space for oral health professionals in Australia through their PLUS2 Consultancy partnership. The term “what are you going to do on Monday?” underpins the design and content of their courses.

Workshop Overview:

This interactive 3 hour workshop will provide you with the opportunity to examine relevant oral histology to better understand and clinically apply the new periodontal classification system. Reviewing contemporary dental radiography will highlight the essential role it plays in identifying and monitoring your patients’ periodontal health. There will be a focus on the early identification of at-risk patients during their teenage years and discussion on the long term management of these cases.

The session will finish with a reflective exercise we call “what will you do on Monday” helping you to articulate how the outcomes of the workshop will enhance your clinical practice.

Workshop 2

Stainless Steel Crown and Strip Crown Simulation-based Workshop

Dr Denise Higgins

PhD; Dip.App.Sc.DT; BOH; BHlthSc(Hon); GCPTT; GCCS

Denise Higgins holds a PhD in Oral Health Simulation, Graduate Certificates in Clinical Simulation and the Practice of Tertiary Teaching, bachelor’s degrees in Health Science (Honours) and Oral Health, and a Diploma in Dental Therapy.

Her professional appointments include the ADOHTA Research and Education Board Director, and lecturer at the University of Newcastle.

As the Oral Health Simulation Lead at the University of Newcastle, Denise developed an instructional design framework for simulation-based education supported by educational theories and standards of best-practice.

Denise created instructional videos, skills-training scenarios, and world-first dental injection simulators including a part-task trainer capable of solution deposition and dental injection VR technology.

Brenda Ryan

Brenda is a registered dental therapist, originally from New Zealand.

Her passion and the challenge of dental education came early on in her career with the mentoring of new graduates and the clinical education of undergraduate dental therapy and oral health students.

Brenda holds a lecturer’s position and is the restorative lead for the Bachelor of Oral Health program at The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Dental School.

Brenda’s educational research interests include virtual reality simulation learning, service learning, paediatric oral health and the adult restorative scope of practice. Brenda is a current Doctor of Philosophy candidate at the Melbourne Dental School.

Workshop Overview:

The Stainless Steel Crown (SSC) and Strip Crown Restorative Treatment Options for the Primary Dentition workshop is designed to provide a simulated learning experience for dental and oral health therapists who require additional theoretical and practical experience in SSC application with consideration to moisture control and Hall Technique, and strip crown restorations for paediatric patients.

Participants are required to be registered, practicing clinicians with a qualification in dental therapy or oral health therapy and have some experience in paediatric dentistry. The participants should have underpinning knowledge in moisture control, pulpal physiology in the primary dentition, SSC’s and strip crown restorations, however a minimum requirement of clinical experience is not required.

On successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate moisture control techniques for paediatric restorative dentistry
  2. Develop clinical reasoning for SSC and strip crown restorations in the primary dentition
  3. Utilise SSC’s and strip crowns as restoration options in the primary dentition
  4. Discuss evidence-based post-operative advice following paediatric dentistry