2019 QLD Conference – Speakers – ADOHTA 2021

2019 QLD Conference – Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr David Cox

BDSc (QLD) Clinical Assoc University of Syd

Dr David Cox achieved a Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of Queensland in 1982. Establishing David Cox Dental over twenty-five years ago after working in the UK , Dr David Cox has become a prominent figure within the dental industry.

Dr David Cox tutors in Sedation Dentistry and the utilisation of Nitrous Gas, as well as being the past Secretary of the Implant Society. He is a member of the European Society of Laser Application and the Co-ordinator of Cosmetic Reconstruction within the practice.

David lectures both nationally and internationally on lasers in dentistry and was the founding president of the Australian Association for Laser Dentistry

A/Prof. Geraldine Moses

BPharm DClinPharm Adv.Prac.Pharm

Geraldine Moses is a clinical pharmacist specialised in drug information. Since 2013 she has been providing a national drug information service for members of the Australian Dental Association called “Pharma-Advice”. She is also a consultant pharmacist at the Mater Public Hospital in Brisbane, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy, University of Queensland.

Geraldine also consults to various organisations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the New Zealand Dental Association, and NPS MedicineWise. A frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, Geraldine is well known within her profession and has received many awards including in 2002 the Australian Pharmacist of the Year. In 2013 she received ADAQ’s Medal of Merit and on Australia Day this year received an AM for her work in pharmacy education and advisory roles.

A/Prof Janet Wallace


Associate Professor Janet Wallace from the University of Newcastle, Australia, is the Head of Discipline for the Discipline of Oral Health and the architect and chief investigator of the research program, Senior Smiles, a preventive oral health care program for older people living in residential aged care facilities.

Janet has extensive clinical and managerial experience in the public and private sector, working for many years as a clinician, before joining the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2008.  Since then, she has co-written undergraduate and post graduate oral health programs, including the post graduate diploma in dental therapy and the current bachelor of oral health therapy program.  She has designed and written numerous continuing professional education courses and her PhD focused on a service -learning model of delivery for final year students in Residential Aged Care Facilities.

Janet has numerous publications and grants totalling over nine hundred thousand dollars, she is a regular presenter at national and international conferences and a lobbyist for improving the oral health of older people living in residential aged care.  She currently has a total of 10 higher degree research students and is dedicated to empowering graduates and qualified practitioners with the knowledge and skills required to advance the profession.

Associate Professor Wallace was induced as a Fellow in the Academy of Dentistry International in 2017, she is a life member of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association (ADOHTA), a member of the Aged Oral health Advisory group for the Dental Hygienists Association Australia (DHAA), an Accreditation Assessor for the Australian Dental Council, a member of the Faculty of Health and Medicine, Research committee, a Peer Reviewer for national and international journals, an executive member of the College of Oral Health Academics (COHA), and an Appointed Board member of the Dental Council of New South Wales, currently serving her third term of office.

Associate Professor Wallace was a finalist in the 2017 University of Newcastle, Alumni Awards for Exceptional Community Service and is currently a recipient of the 2017 -2020 Gladys M Brawn Memorial Fellowship.

Dr Derek Mahony

Dr Derek Mahony is a Sydney based Specialist Orthodontist who has spoken to thousands of practitioners about the benefits of interceptive orthodontic treatment.

Early in his career Dr Mahony learned from leading clinicians the dramatic effect functional appliance therapy can afford patients in orthodontic treatment.

He has been combining the fixed and functional appliance approach ever since. His lectures are based on the positive impact such a combined treatment approach has had on his orthodontic results and the benefits this philosophy provides from a practice management viewpoint.

Emeritus Prof. Mark Bartold

Mark Bartold is an Emeritus Professor at the University and formerly  Professor of Periodontics  and Director of the Colgate Australian Clinical Dental Research Centre, University of Adelaide. He is a past President of the International Academy of Periodontology, the Asian Pacific Society of Periodontology, and Division of Periodontics of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.  He is on the editorial board of 8 international dental journals, Associate Editor of the Journal of Periodontal Research and Editor of the Australian Dental Journal. His research is focused on the use of periodontal stem cells for periodontal regeneration and periodontal/systemic health interrelationships.  Professor Bartold has authored over 270 scientific articles.  He also works half time in private specialist periodontal practice.

Sponsored by  

Dr Chris Barker

BDS, DClinDent (Perio)

Dr Barker graduated dental school with Honours at the University of Adelaide in 2004. He worked in government and private practice for a number of years before completing a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry, specialising in Periodontology at Griffith University in 2014. Chris was awarded a grant from the Australian Periodontology Research Foundation for his doctoral research which was an investigation of bone and modifying factors of bone resorption and bone production.

He is an admitted fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and has completed the Long Surgical Course Certification from Implant Team International (ITI). Chris has been a clinical instructor at Griffith University. Chris is a member of the Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP), Queensland branch, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists (ANZAP), International Team for Implantology (ITI), the Australian Osseointegration Society (AOS) and the Australian Dental Association (ADA).

Sponsored by  

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.

Sponsored by 

Workshop Presenters

A/Prof Leonie Short 

Leonie has been awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree (Wollongong), a Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy and a Master of Health Planning (NSW) and is a registered dental practitioner – dental therapist – with the Dental Board of Australia. She has worked at six universities and has helped establish Australia’s first dual-skilled Bachelor of Oral Health degree at the University of Queensland in 1998, Australia’s first new dental school for 57 years at Griffith University in 2004 and the Bachelor of Oral Health degree at CQUniversity in 2012.

Leonie has been awarded over $1.1m in competitive research grants and numerous publications in referred journals.

 Leonie was the first dental therapist to be appointed as a Director to the Australian Dental Council in 2004 and was the first dental therapist to become a member of the Australasian Council of Dental Schools in 2012. Leonie is keen to progress the oral health therapy profession in terms of research, knowledge and skill development.

Jill Tayler 

Jill Tayler has gained a wealth of experience in the dental industry over 40 years, initially completing her dental nurse training in New Zealand including a post graduate advanced diploma course, culminating in a position as a tutor at the Wellington School of Dental Therapy.

On moving to Sydney, Jill completed a Masters of Health Science Education degree from the University of Sydney whilst a tutor at Westmead College of Dental Therapy, becoming Acting Director of the College before moving to the private sector.

Jill consequently worked in the commercial sector in a variety of educational and sales roles for a number of dental and pharmaceutical companies, including Halas, GSK, Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer Corporation. Jill is currently the Scientific Liaison Manager for One Dental, a family owned Australian business, providing models, instruments and consumables to the Universities, dental hospitals, Health Departments and dental professionals.


Dr Annalene Weston 

Dr Annalene Weston graduated from Cardiff in 1999, and immigrated in 2003.  Annalene has worked along the Eastern Seaboard practising in both the public and private sectors, and has added a Masters in Health Law from University of Sydney to her dental qualifications. Annalene has been awarded a Fellowship to the American College of Dentistry, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy in recognition of her strong work in the education of dental practitioners. Annalene is a DentoLegal adviser for Dental Protection based in the Brisbane office and practices part time in a suburban Brisbane dental practice.  She is also the mother of two rambunctious little boys.

Tan Nguyen

Tan is a past President for ADOHTA and the current PHAA Oral Health Special Interest Group Convenor. He teaches at the Melbourne Dental School, leads oral health research at Deakin Health Economics, and works part-time in public and private dental practice. Tan is an active member of the various oral health advocacy networks and is a Dental Practitioner member with the Dental Board of Australia. He research interests are developing health economic evidence on preventive models of oral health care and the translation of evidence-based practice.

Karen Smart

Karen has over twenty years of clinical experience as an Oral Health Therapist at various locations in rural and remote Queensland in both the public and private sector.   Karen has been awarded a Certificate in Dental Therapy, Statement of Attainment in Hygiene Qualifications from the University of Queensland and QUT and Graduate Certificate in Dental Therapy (Advanced Clinical Practice).  In 2015 Karen trained as an orofacial myologist with Sandra Coulson from The Coulson Institute in the US.

Karen currently holds the position of Lecturer in Advanced Clinical Practice (Oral Health) at CQUniversity in Rockhampton. She is advancing interprofessional clinical practice and education in the Bachelor of Oral Health course and with an interest in tele dentistry, pedagogical design in the clinical education of oral health therapy students, interprofessional practice and interprofessional education.

Nicole Stormon

Nicole is an Oral health therapist, Associate Lecturer and PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland. Since graduating as valedictorian from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Oral Health in 2014, Nicole worked as both a clinical Oral Health Therapist and in research. Nicole observed in clinical practice and research that many people are denied adequate oral health care which can have a significant impact on daily life. Nicole has worked on a variety of topics in the field of Dental Public Health. Nicole is passionate about improving the oral health of populations such as the socially disadvantaged, people with special needs and Indigenous Australians through research.

Leigh Harrison-Barry

Leigh is a consultant Oral Health Therapist working in Metro South  Health.  Her portfolio has a focus on management of the models of care, oral health promotion, research and engagement.  Her work history includes employment in  Public Sector Oral Health Services and  private practice; a combined work history of 30+ years.  Leigh has been involved in numerous research projects since 2016 largely focusing on 0-4 year olds and the prevention of Early Childhood Caries.  Her moral  philosophy includes a social consciousness and is committed to improving health disparities amongst the community to ensure equitable access and quality care for all.

Jack Angove

BOralHlth (CSU), OM (Orofracial Myology), MHlthProm candidate

Jack Angove graduated with a Bachelor of Oral Health from Charles Sturt University. He is a recipient for the Oral B Prize for Excellence in Clinical Prevention and received Executive Dean’s awards for academic excellence. Jack has a true passion for community engagement and has an active interest in health promotion. Jack’s presentation will focus on the important role of the care giver in oral hygiene provision and discuss the need for health promoting and preventive practice within the residential aged care sector.

This will create a robust discussion of our professional obligation to educate nursing personnel in effective oral hygiene care delivery.

Come and hear Jack discuss the challenges and opportunities in geriatric oral health as evidenced by his research.

Kay Franks 

MEdStudies, BOH, Dip BusMan, Cert DT, PhD Candidate

Clinical tutor /Lecturer Bachelor of Oral Heal Therapy Program, University of Newcastle

Kay Franks is a registered Oral Health Therapist with more than 40 years clinical, management and teaching experience in various locations throughout New South Wales.  She holds a certificate of Dental Therapy, an undergraduate Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Newcastle, a Master of Educational Studies and has submitted her PhD in late 2018. Her area of research is diet and nutrition and the OHT practice, its educational content and focus in the oral health therapy teaching space. She has presented nationally and internationally on the subject, and has published in Australian and international journals.

Leah Zahra 

BSW (Hons)

Child Protection Case Manager. Catholic Care NSW.

Leah graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Social Work degree with honours. She was awarded the faculty prize for her work on her extra mural placement in the area of domestic violence primary prevention.

Currently, working for Catholic Care on the NSW Central Coast as a child protection case manager, Leah works with families at risk.

Working previously, in a busy emergency department of a large regional hospital, she recognised the need for all health care professionals to engage in self-care strategies and its connection to work life balance and career longevity.

Prof. Julie Satur 

Dr Julie Satur has an international reputation for leading research and education in the oral health therapy field with a current appointment as Professor of Oral Health at the Melbourne Dental School and Senior Researcher with the Oral Health CRC.  In this role she leads Oral Health Therapy discipline practice and research preparation programs and is active in the health promotion and oral health workforce research. She has a background as a dental therapist and is currently working on capacity building in the mental health sector and in Indigenous oral health. She has been active over many years in professional regulation and public oral health policy for Australian State and Commonwealth governments and more recently, in the USA around dental therapy practice.