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DHAA NSW - Hunter Valley Full Day CPD

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Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

430 Wine Country Drive

Lovedale, NSW 2325


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Join us for a day in the Hunter Valley, we are exctied to be coming back after such a succesful day last year. We are running a full day CPD on some of the current hot topics, scope of practice and where is our profession heading.

Who should attend ?

This is an important day for all members of the dental team and would be approptiate for

Practice Managers, Dental Therpaists, Dental Hygienists, OHTs and Dentists.

With thanks to our Platinum Sponsor, Colgate.


9.00am - 9.15am Registration, morning tea with trade

9.15-9.30 Colgate presentation

9.30am - 12.00pm Dr Janet Wallace - Understanding your scope of practice and Q &A

12.00pm - 1.00pm Lunch

1.00pm - 2.45 pm Dr Melanie Hayes - The Future of Dental Hygienists

2.45pm - 3.15pm Afternoon tea with trade

3.15pm - 4.00pm Dr Garth Dever- Fake news, non science and the power of Narrativium.

4.00pm - 4.15pm Presentation EMS

4.15 pm- 5 pm GC sponsord speaker to be announced

5.00pm - 6.00pm Drinks Sponsord by Tamburlaine Wines

CPD Hours - 6 Hours

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Dr Melanie Hayes

Dr Melanie Hayes is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Dental Hygienist. She was awarded her PhD in 2013, and has been the President and Director of the DHAA since 2013.

She enjoys a diverse career involving teaching, research, clinical practice and leadership roles, and is passionate about dental hygiene and what the future has to offer the profession.

Dental hygiene: The future is now


The face of healthcare is constantly and rapidly changing, and this is not different for the dental sector.

This interactive session will explore the role of the dental hygienist as we moving into future, looking to answer some of the professions biggest questions:

  • Who makes the rules and why?
  • Why is scope of practice such a big deal?
  • What if I don’t agree with the evidence?
  • Have we lost focus as a profession?
  • What other career options are there?
  • Should we be more globally engaged?

Dr Garth Dever

Fake news, non science and the power of Narrativium.

Currently teaching in the BOHT program at the University of Newcastle Central Coast Campus and in clinical practice at Royal North Shore Hospital Oral Health Service.
Once, in a galaxy far far away, specialist practice and teaching in Paediatric Dentistry in Adelaide followed by Community Dentistry/ Dental Public Heath specialist positions in New Zealand. A stint in Health Services management illustrated that the grass is not always greener and change management in large enterprises is for experts

Dr Janet Wallace

Scope of Practice

Dr Janet Wallace is a registered Oral Health Therapist with qualifications in dental therapy, dental hygiene, business management, tertiary teaching and a PhD in Oral Health. Janet has extensive clinical and oral health management experience in private and public dental practice and spent many years working for Northern Sydney, Central Coast, Area Health Service in various roles including; Manager Child Dental Services, Community Dental Health Programs Officer, Health Promotions Manager and Acting Director Community Dental Services.

In 2008, Janet joined the University of Newcastle as a Conjoint Lecturer in Oral Health to develop and implement the 'Aged care oral health student placement program in residential aged care facilities'. This was a new Australian initiative and the focus of her PhD.

In 2009, Janet was appointed to Lecturer in Oral Health and joined A/Professor Fiona Blinkhorn in writing the curriculum for the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy program. In 2014, she was appointed as Program Convenor for the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy program seeing the final year of offering of this program.

Janet was instrumental in identifying the need to redevelop the oral health program to include dental therapy and during 2014, Janet worked with Associate Professor Jane Taylor to write the curriculum for the new Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program. This new program combined dental hygiene and dental therapy to offer a more relevant practitioner known as an 'Oral Health Therapist' with an adult scope of practice. In September 2015, Janet was appointed as the Program Convenor for the new Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program.

In 2014, Janet translated her PhD research into practice by developing the ‘Senior Smiles preventive oral health care program for older people living in residential aged care facilities’. This pilot study was financed with a $100,000 grant from NSW, Medicare Local, Erina and placed a registered dental hygienist in five residential aged care facilities on the NSW, Central Coast. The dental hygienist provided oral health risk assessments, oral health care plans, oral health education and developed referral pathways for residents who required more complex dental care. This research has introduced a new model of oral hygiene care to residential aged care facilities and is changing the paradigm of oral health care in this environment.

Janet is a committed advocate for preventive oral health care for the elderly, is a keen Twitter user, is regularly quoted in media and has featured in several industry publications including the September 2015 issue of the Bite Magazine. She regularly provides guidance for dentists, oral health therapists and dental hygienists who wish to implement “Senior Smiles’ in their local communities and is focused on ensuring that ultimately ‘Senior Smiles’ is delivered in all Residential Aged Care Facilities Australia wide.

In 2016, Janet received a philanthropic grant of $540,000 from the ‘Elderslee Foundation Australia Ltd’ to extend her ‘Senior Smiles’ research. This significant grant will see an administrator appointed to manage the program and place qualified oral health therapists/dental hygienists in five major facilities on the NSW, Central Coast. This takes the ‘Senior Smiles’ model to the next level providing oral health care for a period of three years. This model will propose that at the completion of the three years, the participating facilities, will fund the program into the future and expand the service to all sister sites. Janet is committed to ensuring that ultimately, this model, becomes part of core business, in all Aged Care Facilities, Australia wide.

Janet is published in national and international journals, has presented her research at national and international conferences and has received a 'Faculty Research Staff Excellence' award, a 'Work Integrated Learning' award and a 'Research Higher Degree' award. She is a life member of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association, a peer reviewer for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy, the Journal of Gerodontology and the Health Promotion Journal of Australia. Janet is an appointed Board Member of the NSW, Dental Council, currently serving her second term.

Janet is enthusiastic about providing oral health students with new learning experiences and in 2016 she implemented international student placements in Cambodia and Vanuatu. In addition to the international placements, Janet has partnered with Ungooroo, Aboriginal Corporation Singleton, Poche Centre for Indigenous Oral Health and the Centre for Oral Health Strategy to re-locate the UON dental van to Singleton, establishing the UON Oral Health student placement program at Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation.

Wine Tasting

We will be having a wine tasting with cheese platters at the end of the day, the event is free but requires pre registration. If you do not register prior to the event we can not guarentee you a spot on the day. If you register and fail to attend without canceling you may be charged the cost of the tasing $30.00 per person.

DHAA Members - To obtain the discounted DHAA Ltd Mebership pice 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.

ADOHTA Members - All ADOHTA members are required to show proof of membership to ADOHTA, please email chairnsw@dhaa.info. You are required to be a current member at the time of purchase to either DHAA Ltd or ADOHTA inc.

Cancellation Policy - Ten (10) days notice must be given in writing to chairnsw@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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