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Bendat Community Centre

36 Dodd Street

Wembley, WA 6014


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DHAA WA Half Day Seminar

Join us for a morning overlooking the beautiful Lake Monger.

The mornings speakers will cover a variety of topics that you will see on a daily basis in practice.

4 CPD hours

8:00 am - Registration (Arrival tea and coffee)

8:30 am - Professor Camile Farah - An Update on oral cancer and precancerous Pathology

9:30 am - Dr John Owen - Fluoride application and GIC sealants in the Kimberley the KDT Adventure continues.

10:30 am - MORNING TEA

11:00 am - Dr Howard Holmes - Invisalign -Just How fantastic is the Plastic

12:00 pm - Winthrop Prof Marc Tennant - Local Analgesia in the 21st Century.

Earlybird rates until the 31st of December for DHAA members (now extended until the 10th of Jan)

Professor Camile S Farah - BDSc, MDSc (OralMed OralPath), PhD, GCEd (HE), GCExLead, FRACDS (OralMed), FOMAA, FIAOO, FICD, FPFA

Professor of Oral Oncology

Dean & Head, UWA Dental School, University of Western Australia

Director, Oral Health Centre of Western Australia

Oral Medicine Specialist, Perth Oral Medicine & Dental Sleep Centre

Title: An update on oral cancer and precancerous pathology.

This lecture will update attendees on changes in the aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and early detection of oral cancer and precancerous pathology. Contemporary diagnostic algorithms and decision making protocols for early detection, diagnosis and malignant transformation will be discussed. Novel diagnostic adjuncts and visualization devices will also be showcased. Finally the role of the dental hygienist in early detection and prevention of these pathologies will be highlighted.

Professor Camile Farah is Professor of Oral Oncology, Dean & Head of the UWA Dental School, and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA, at the University of Western Australia.

Professor Farah obtained his undergraduate dental degree from the University of Western Australia (1996), and practiced dentistry while completing a PhD in Oral Pathology & Immunology (2000), and his specialist training in both Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology (2002) at the University of Queensland. He gained further experience in oral diagnostic sciences in Oral Medicine at the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London with Professor Stephen Porter and Dr Tim Hodgson (2004). He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2005) and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership (2013).

Professor Farah is a registered specialist in both Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology with sub-specialty training in Oral Oncology. He has interests in clinical oral medicine and surgical oral pathology (oral mucosal pathology, salivary gland diseases, orofacial pain), diagnostic head and neck pathology (oral cancer and precancer), and oral and maxillofacial radiology (bone pathology). He maintains a part-time private practice in Oral Medicine with Perth Oral Medicine & Dental Sleep Centre, is Consultant Oral Pathologist to Qscan Radiology Clinics, a member of the Head & Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Team at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and Director of the Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research & Education (ACORE), where he undertakes clinical and translational research into head and neck cancer early detection, molecular diagnostics, and imaging, and has mentored over 50 postgraduate students and postdoctoral staff. Professor Farah established ACORE in an effort to leverage his academic, clinical and industry partnerships for the advancement of oral oncology translational research, personalized patient care, patient and clinician education and professional development, and overall advocacy for patients with head and neck cancer.

Professor Farah is a Fellow of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia, the International Academy of Oral Oncology, the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (Oral Medicine), the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In addition, he is the recipient of many national and international awards, scholarships and honours. He is Associate Editor for the “Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine” and “Oral Cancer”, and a Reviewing Editor for “Oral Diseases”, and is a regular speaker at national and international meetings. He is the Past President of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia and served as its Inaugural President, Past President of the Australian & New Zealand Division of the International Association for Dental Research, Vice Chairman of the Australian Dental Research Foundation and past Chairman of its Research Advisory Committee.

Professor Farah has many years’ experience in dental academia, research, industry and the private sector. Prior to taking on the role of Dean & Head of the UWA Dental School, he served as Deputy Head of School at UQ (2009-2012), and previously Head of Department of Oral Biology & Pathology (2007-2008). He has held various leadership roles in dental academia with directorships in Teaching & Learning, Curriculum Development, Research, Clinical Services, Internationalisation, Placements and External Affairs. He has also been an owner and operator of a private practice in Oral Medicine and Clinical Oral Pathology since 2002 and the Qscan Centre for Dental Imaging since 2004.

Professor Farah has authored 140 peer reviewed publications including 16 book chapters, and has attracted approximately $6.5 million in competitive research funding and has been involved in other successful collaborative grants totalling approximately $10 million. His research interests in oral oncology span optical imaging systems (Optical Fluorescence Imaging and Narrow Band Imaging), molecular genomics (Next Generation Sequencing), and clinical trials in early cancer detection and surgical margin delineation.

Professor Farah has worked with various industry partners including LED Dental (Velscope), Star Dental (Identafi), AdDent (BioScreen), Olympus (Narrow Band Imaging), Henry Schein Halas, Colgate Palmolive, Agilent Technologies, Life Technologies to extend research and development into clinical use of new products and technology, while also identifying commercialization opportunities for his work specifically in the area of molecular diagnostics.

Professor Farah is co-author and co-editor of a new authoritative comprehensive textbook entitled “Contemporary Oral Medicine” to be published by Springer in 2018.

Dr John R Owen AM

Fluoride application and GIC sealants in the Kimberley the KDT Adventure continues

Dr John R Owen graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1977 and entered private general dental practice in Midland at his fathers practice, Raymond Owen and Peter Gregory and Associates. After spending 1980 in London, studying at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons and establishing a general dental practice in Finsbury Park, he returned to Perth to undertake his specialist training and Masters degree in Orthodontics from 1981-1984. Over the next 30 years, John established two specialist orthodontic practices in the Perth suburbs of Midland and Mount Lawley. He remains the principal orthodontist and owner of Midland Orthodontists and is ably supported by four associate orthodontists and our very experienced and long serving support team.

John is active in many arenas, holding the current positions of :-

Chairman of Directors, Joint Coordinator and Principal Dentist, Kimberley Dental Team Ltd. ,

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care, UWA., Honorary Clinical Consultant, School of Dentistry, Oral Health Centre of WA., Clinical Associate Professor, School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, University of WA., Patron and Past Chair, Australian Society of Orthodontists, Foundation for Research and Education.,

President and Regent, Section VIII, Australasian Section, International College of Dentists.,

Past Chair, WA Immediate Action Committee of the Dental Board of Australia,

Foundation Member and proud supporter of the ASO, Give a Smile Program,

Past Executive Committee Member, the Order of Australia Association, WA Branch and current Member, Western Australia, Oral Health Advisory Council.

During his professional career, John has been President of the University Dental Students Society, Western Australian branches of the Australian Dental Association and Australian Society of Orthodontists and Federal President of the Australian Society of Orthodontists 2000-2002. He has been President of the Dental Board of Western Australia from 1999 to 2010. He is a past director of the Australian Dental Council, past Congress Chairman for the 33rd Australian Dental Association Congress and Exhibition, Perth 2009 and was very proud to be the Honorary Consultant Orthodontist to the Disabilities Services Commission from 1986 to 2012. From 2009 to 2012 John was an Inaugural Member of the Dental Board of Australia, chairing the National Registration and Notification Committees.

John has been recognized at many levels including being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2010 Queens Birthday Honours list. His citation was, "for service to the specialty of orthodontics, and through a range of leadership roles within the dental profession".

John was a finalist in the 2011 Western Australian Citizen of the Year Awards, Community Service category which "honours extraordinary service and dedication to the Western Australian community at a state wide level".

In 2014, John was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International," in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among the peoples of the world".

In May 2017, John was Awarded the prestigious, Dr John Booth Award, Australasian Dentist of the Year, by the Academy for Dentistry International

Dr Owen is extremely proud of his appointment as the Inaugural Patron of Kalamunda Senior High School (2013 – current, reappointed in 2016 to 2020). John was a student in 1967-1969. John has supported the School over the past 27 years, through his Incentive Award for a year 10 student which pays the student’s Year 11 and Year 12 fees.

In early 2009, John and his wife Jan, founded the Kimberley Dental Team which became an ATO approved, not for profit organization in 2011. With the assistance of hundreds of volunteer dental personnel and the support of so many sponsors and supporters, the team has been able to visit the remote Kimberley region of WA over twenty five trips, 67 weeks, to provide much needed urgent general dental care, education and advice.

Since 2014, KDT Southern has been actively assisting clients at many centres for the vulnerable around Perth, at Oxford Foyer for youth in transition, Uniting Care West for the homeless, Tuart Place, Uniting Care Family Foundations for families and Devenish Lodge and Franciscan Lodge mental health hostels.

Over $2.7 million dollars of free dental care has been provided by the Team

For two weeks in February 2017, he volunteered with 17 others (joint Dental, Medical, Optometrical and Speech Pathology) for Equal Health in association with an organization called SEVAI that looks after the welfare of poor villages in the surrounds of a Southern Indian town called Trichy. We travel by bus from the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, for 6 hours to reach our destination. We are based in a small rural village called Amoor and travel out to work each day in a bus with all our gear. Was a great experience and worked hard and enjoyed the dentistry and company.

On a final note I have visited Nepal twice over the past 20 years, firstly climbing Mera Peak in the Hinku Valley, East of Everest (6480m) and in 2015, Traveling into Nepal and Kathmandu after two weeks in Tibet. He returns to Nepal to volunteer and work in Kathmandu at the Kopan Monastery, with Project Yeti, in April 2018.

Dr Howard Holmes BDSc(Hons), MDSc (Ortho), FADI, FICD, AOB Cert.

Invisalign – Just how fantastic is the plastic?

Invisalign has now been on the market for approximately 20 years with close to 5 million cases treated globally since its introduction. The product and the company itself has been a major disruptor in the orthodontic marketplace and has been largely responsible for recent increased consumer interest in orthodontics and the considerable growth in the provision of orthodontic treatment by general dental practitioners in the last decade.

However, despite the obvious public demand for Invisalign, many specialist orthodontists still refuse to embrace the technology. There remains significant industry scepticism about the ability of Invisalign and other clear aligner products to provide predictable treatment outcomes when compared with traditional fixed braces.

So, are digitally designed clear plastic aligners really as fantastic as Invisalign say they are and circa 2018, do they represent a viable orthodontic treatment alternative to old school analog brackets and wires?

This presentation will explore the evolution of Invisalign, an overview of the current treatment possibilities of the Invisalign appliance and a look into the future directions of clear aligner orthodontics including direct to consumer “DIY” business models.

Dr Holmes holds a Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours and Masters Degree in Orthodontics from The University of Western Australia and has been in specialist orthodontic private practice since 2000. Dr Holmes main practice is located in Cannington and he also has a branch practice in Margaret River that he visits monthly.

Dr Holmes has an appointment as Clinical Senior Lecturer in Orthodontics at the University of Western Australia and is currently the WA Federal Councilor for the Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) and Chairman of the ASO Communications and Information Committee (CIC).

Dr Holmes has been an accredited Invisalign provider since 2003 and has treated hundreds of patients with the Invisalign appliance over the last 15 years.

Winthrop Professor Marc Tennant - BDSc PhD (WAust) FRACDS (GDP) FACHSM FICD FADI

International Research Collaborative–Oral Health and Equity,

School of Human Sciences, The University of Western Australia.

Update - Local Analgesia in the 21st Century.

Giving LA is one of the commonest things we do in clinical practice. Good LA is a gift to great clinical care and fantastic patient outcomes. Marc returns in 2018 to talk on LA. With a mixture of Anatomy tip, Clinical tips and Chemistry tips you will leave with better knowledge and skills in giving LA Safely and with maximum patient comfort. This session will share some ideas of the optimum selection of LA as well as what goes wrong. Marc will share some stories of the pitfalls and disasters that can be avoided. His focus will be on adult care but will also delve into good LA for children too.

Marc has been academic for 25 years he is the Director (and Founder) of the International Re-search Collaborative - Oral Health and Equity at UWA and has served in senior leadership roles in Universities across Australia. Marc remains in the top half dozen dental Australian academics for impact, with 200+ publications and $15-20million in R&D funding. He and the collaborative hold 8 of the top dozen most cited articles in dentistry in Western Australian history.

Marc has received many awards acknowledging this lifetime commitment to the reform agenda in oral health recently had a café named in his honour, has honorary Professorial appointments in six Universities. Marc is a life-Fellow of the Brocher Foundation, a life-Fellow of the dental students society for services to education and a life-Fellow of Saint Catherine’s College, for services to the community. Marc is also a Fellow of the RACDS by acclimation one of only a couple in WA history.

Marc has taught and spoke on Anatomy and Local Analgesia across the world for three decades. He is one of Australia’s exerts in the field with his Anatomy and LA YouTube channels getting more than a third of a million viewers in 125 countries. He has written book chapters on the area and is sort-after entertaining speaker.

Marc’s social media influence is substantial his Twitter handle is the most read personal handle in dentistry in Australia being read by 100,000 people every day from over 150 countries. Marc has served in many executive leadership roles (Dean and Head of School roles) in Dental Schools both locally and interstate; managing complex stakeholder interactions, including government, universities and communities. He has led the resurgence of dental education in Australia.

Marc continues his lifelong efforts towards reducing social disadvantage and marginalisation

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.

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

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