What is consent anyway, and how do I know if I have got it? – ADOHTA 2021

What is consent anyway, and how do I know if I have got it?

Dr Annalene Weston

Dentolegal Consultant

Consent occupies a fascinating space in the dento-legal landscape not least of which because it is the key factor in the majority of legal claims globally. This presentation aims to help practitioners understand the challenges of consent, including issues around obtaining consent from a minor and/or a patient with a substitute decision maker in place, as well as equip them with useful tools on obtaining valid consent and in turn proving that it was obtained.



Dr Annalene Weston is a Dentolegal Consultant for Dental Protection Australia. She is the first point of contact for members, providing colleague to colleague support and advice. Annalene completed her undergraduate dental degree and vocational training in the UK, and worked in the NHS and private dentistry for four years before immigrating to Australia in 2003. She has worked across three Australian states, in both private and public dentistry, and gained her Masters in Health Law through the University of Sydney, Faculty of Law in 2008.
Annalene was awarded a Fellowship to the American College of Dentistry in 2016 and a Fellowship to the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 2019 in recognition of her strong work in ethics and collegiate support. She became a Fellow of the International College of Dentistry earlier this year. Until recently Annalene was practising in Central Queensland and serving on the local HCC; however, she is now based in Brisbane and, in addition to her role with Dental Protection, Annalene works part-time in a suburban dental practice.