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QT Canberra

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Join the DHAA ACT for a full day, 6 hour CPD event: Risky Business.

Mr Shamus Breen from BMS will be presenting on ways to reduce practice risk and key aspects of the professional indemnity insurance policy.

Associate Professor Janet Wallace will be joining us to discuss Scope of Practice – the procedures, the actions, the processes and more!

Colgate will be sponsoring Cathryn Carboon, who will be presenting on her "Carevan Sun Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program"

We will also be having a hands on infection control workshop to ensure you protect both yourself and the public.

More details to be added as speakers confirmed


8:30am Registration

9:00-10:00 BMS Presentation

Mr Shamus Breen

10:00-11:00 Infection control

Speaker TBC

11:00-11:30 Morning tea

11:30-1:00 Associate Professor Janet Wallace

Scope of Practice – the procedures, the actions, the processes and more!

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00 Cathryn Carboon, Colgate sponsored speaker

"Carevan Sun Smiles Fluoride Varnish Program"

3:00-3:30 Afternoon Tea

3:30-5:00 Topic and speaker TBC

Shamus Breen

Shamus is the Managing Director of the Australian Affinity office. Shamus has more than 20 years of industry experience, having served senior roles at two of the major international brokers in the affinity and healthcare sectors. His passion for creating meaningful member value for associations and its members has seen him focus on this industry throughout his career as an insurance broker.


Regular interaction with clients is a daily occurrence for Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists. With this in mind, you may face situations where your clients claim an alleged breach in your professional duties. Beyond this, there are many other risks faced each day, therefore it’s important to have a strong understanding of professional indemnity insurance and ways to reduce practice risk. BMS’presentation will cover examples of industry claims, ways to reduce practice risk and key aspects of the professional indemnity insurance policy, as well as other products available exclusively to DHAA members.

Infection Control Workshop

Is your infection control knowledge up-to-date? Do you meet the requirements of the National Law? As a registered dental practitioner, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure you practise in a way that maintains and enhances public health and safety – this includes knowing how to prevent or minimize the risk of the spread of infectious diseases. This hands-on workshop will explore what documentation is required for your practice and how to follow these critical guidelines, to protect both yourself and the public.

Associate Professor Janet Wallace


Associate Professor Janet Wallace from the University of Newcastle, Australia, is the Acting Head of Discipline, Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program 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.

Associate Professor Wallace 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 2009. 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.

Associate Professor Wallace 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.

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), an Honorary Member of the Dental Hygiene Association Australia (DHAA), an Accreditation Assessor for the Australian Dental Council, a member of the University of Newcastle, 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 the recipient of the 2017 Gladys M Brawn Memorial Fellowship.

Cathryn Carboon

Cathryn graduated as dux of her dental hygiene course in Adelaide in 1989. She was honoured to receive the Oral B Foundation Award for excellence in preventive dentistry upon graduation. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion from La Trobe University in 2011 and a Master of Health Promotion at Deakin University in 2017.

Cathryn’s 29 year career in dental hygiene has covered many facets of dental hygiene care including experience in general practice, orthodontics, periodontics and special needs dentistry. Cathryn has practiced as a hygienist in Adelaide, Brisbane and Ballarat as well as Neuss (Germany) and Wellington (New Zealand). She has spent the last 19 years in private practice in Wangaratta, North East Victoria.

In 2006 Cathryn joined Colgate’s Professional Educator Network. Cathryn presents oral health education modules as part of the curriculum of Dentistry, Oral Health, Dental Prosthetics and Pharmacy programs at Melbourne, La Trobe, Charles Sturt and RMIT Universities and Holmesglen Institute. Cathryn has presented at national and state dental and allied health conferences in Australia, Hong Kong and Italy.

Cathryn has been a member of the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia since 1988; serving on executive committees in South Australia and Queensland. Cathryn served 10 years on the Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health Advisory Committee, holding the position of National Network Coordinator for Oral Health. Cathryn is currently a board member of the Carevan Foundation and manager of the Carevan Sun Smiles school fluoride varnish program. She is the 2016 recipient of the IFDH and Global Child Dental Fund Social Responsibility Award and author of the recently published children’s picture book “Who is the Tooth Fairy’s best friend?”


Professionally applied 5% sodium fluoride varnish remains one of the cornerstones of preventive dentistry. This presentation will review the use of fluoride varnish in line with International and Australian guidelines, including the ICCMS™ caries management system.

Fluoride varnish programs which use a school setting, rather than a dental setting, to provide fluoride varnish treatments, are an effective, evidenced based intervention to reduce decay rates in children and provide an innovative form of service delivery. Cathryn will discuss the Carevan Foundation Sun Smiles school fluoride varnish program; which was nominated as the DHAA Social Responsibility Project for Australia, as part of the world wide IFDH Social Responsibility Program.

Cathryn will also discuss her newly published children’s picture book “Who is the Tooth Fairy’s best friend?” The book has been successfully incorporated into the Sun Smiles program and provides a new oral health literacy resource for discussing the benefits of fluoride with young children and their families.

DHAA Members - To obtain the discounted DHAA Ltd Membership price you are required to be a financial member of the DHAA Ltd on the date of purchase.

Student Members - Student Members must be an eligible and current student member of the DHAA Ltd at the time of purchasing the ticket. Student Membership expires June 30th following your graduation. Student Membership to the DHAA Ltd is Free.

Dietary Requirements - We will attempt to accommodate all dietary requirements. Please send through any restrictions to contactact@dhaa.info at least seven (7) days prior to the event.

Cancellation Policy - Ten (10) days notice must be given in writing to contactact@dhaa.info , if you cannot attend, to receive a refund. Reimbursements will not be made after this time. Registration can be transferred to another person of the same membership status.

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