2019 NSW & ACT Conference – Speakers – ADOHTA 2021

2019 NSW & ACT Conference – Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr Kumar Raghav

Kumar is a passionate Paediatric Dentist with more than 12 years of experience in practice, academia and research. He has travelled across the world (3 countries across 2 continents) pursuing his passion in academia and finally landed in Australia where he currently lectures in Clinical Dentistry at Charles Sturt University, Orange, NSW. Apart from teaching dentistry, he led a pioneering and cutting edge research project, which evaluated whether Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) can be used to treat dental phobia.

Dr Emma Beckett

Dr Emma Beckett is a lecturer in Food Science and Human Nutrition and a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Emma works in molecular nutrition, studying gene-nutrient-environment interactions. She is interested understanding how the differences in our genes and lifestyles interact with our nutrition to determine health and disease risks, particularly the consequences of these interaction for healthy aging. Emma is also a passionate science communicator, focusing on empowering the public to interpret nutrition research. She appears regularly in print, online, and air. She has won several research and communications awards, including being named as a NSW Young Tall Poppy in 2017.

Dr Susan Cartwright

 Susan graduated from Otago University Dental School in 1983 with a BDS and completed a Diploma in Clinical Dentistry in Periodontology with Distinction in 1998.

Susan completed a Masters Degree in Education with First Class Honours in 2010 while working as the Head of the Oral Health Department at AUT University. She has worked in private dental practice in Hamilton, London and Auckland.

In September 2010, Susan took up the role of Scientific Affairs Manager for Colgate Oral Care in the South Pacific region.

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Dr Alexander Holden

Alexander Holden is a dentally-qualified ethicist. He is currently Senior Lecturer and Head of Subject Area for Professional Practice which is concerned with ethics, law, professionalism, sociology and communications within the context of dentistry. 

John Skinner

John has had a varied career in public health over the past 30 years and was appointed as the Director of the Centre for Oral Health Strategy NSW in 2014 and led the development of both Oral Health 2020 and the Aboriginal Oral Health Plan in NSW.

John has a particular interest in Aboriginal health and has been working closely with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services, Local Health Districts, Universities and professional groups, to develop effective partnerships to address inequities in health status in NSW. In 2017 he graduated with a PhD from the University of Sydney. His thesis examined the oral health of teenagers in NSW. In March 2018 he commenced at The University of Sydney as a Senior Research Fellow with the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and he is currently leading a project looking at the oral health of Aboriginal Adolescents in NSW and Victoria.

Boe Rambaldini

Boe Rambaldini, is a proud first nation’s, Bundjalung man from the north coast of NSW, Boe’s connection to his country is through his mother, a proud Bundjalung woman with strong bonds to her country through her mother. Boe has worked in a range of positions in local, state and federal governments, and in the private and non-government organisations sector for over 40 years the majority of these positions has been in Aboriginal affairs.

Boe is the Director of the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, at the University of Sydney, he is passionate about improving health outcomes for his people in a holistic manner and assisting non-Aboriginal Australia to understand the historical impact that has contributed to the poor health of Aboriginal people in NSW.

He is concerned about the misunderstanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians and the racism that he and other Aboriginal people are subject to on a regular basis. Boe knows and understands the importance of establishing productive working relationships built on mutual trust and respect, however, to move forward we need to acknowledge and address the historical impact to find solutions in the future.

Tabitha Acret 

Tabitha has 22 years’ experience in the dental industry. She graduated from Newcastle University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Oral Health and has since worked in private practice and as dental educator at Sydney University.

Tabitha has a passion for community dentistry, preventative care and implant maintenance. She has volunteered clinically both within Australia and overseas and volunteers on a regular basis for the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA). She is the current DHAA National Vice President, Northern Territory Director and Chair of Continuing Education nationally.

Implant maintenance is her passion and Tabitha has travelled extensively overseas to obtain more knowledge on the subject including the Malo Clinic in Portugal. She is currently undertaking her Implant Maintenance certification in Washington DC, USA.

Tabitha is currently working in private practice in the Northern Territory and has just started her Master’s in Public Health at Charles Darwin University. She also splits her time working as a Clinical Educator for EMS Oceania, helping to pass on her knowledge and passion to ‘keep implants for life’.

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Dr Elizabeth Milford 

Passionate about prevention, Dr Elizabeth Milford has dedicated her career to better patient outcomes.  She lectures in Clinical Communication at the University of Melbourne and is a professional mentor for dental clinicians. Elizabeth is the Professional and Academic Relations Consultant for Oral-B in Australia and New Zealand.

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