2015 General Dentistry Courses



Towards Safer Prescribing and Drug Use in Dental Practice

Course overview

This new one-day course developed by Dr Geraldine Moses DClinPharm will visit Canberra on 10 October 2015 and will provide clinicians with a comprehensive update for safer prescribing and drug use in dental practice. The day will comprise of four key presentations:

  • The new oral anti-coagulants and their impact on dental patients
  • Taking a medication and allergy history – what you need to know for your practice
  • Adverse drug reactions in the oral cavity – how to diagnose and what to do next
  • Drugs which impair bone healing- beyond bisphosphonates
Course outline

Course outline

The new oral anti-coagulants and their impact on dental patients

Three new oral anticoagulants and two new anti-thrombotics have been marketed in Australia over the last three years which have become particularly popular amongst elderly patients for prevention of stroke and heart attack.  As a result, many of our dental patients present on these drugs with their attendant increased risk of bleeding, but as yet there are no clear guidelines on how these patients should be managed. In this talk, Geraldine will explain the pharmacology of these drugs, how they are used, and how they are different from warfarin. She will also outline the risks of side effects, drug interactions and how dental patients on these drugs can be managed.

Learning objectives/outcomes

After this lecture attendees with be able to:

  • Identify the four new oral anticoagulants, and understand their novel characteristics
  • Know how these drugs differ from warfarin
  • Understand perioperative management of patients on these drugs
  • Be aware of which drug interactions may increase bleeding risk with these new drugs
  • Know when patients on these drugs should be referred to a specialist

 

Taking a medication and allergy history – what you need to know for your practice

Accurate documentation of a patient’s dental, medical and medication history is an important part of optimizing patient care. Unfortunately, few health professionals are ever trained in how to take a medication history properly. A comprehensive medication history should document four aspects to every drug the patient uses, and three aspects to each of their allergies and adverse drug reactions. In this talk, Geraldine will teach how this can easily be achieved in dental practices, how documentation and procedures may be simply change to accommodate this, and why it is so very important.

Learning objectives/outcomes:

After this lecture attendees with be able to:

  • Appreciate the difference between medical history and medication history
  • Take a medication history in a comprehensive and competent way
  • Know which four aspects should be recorded for each drug the patient takes
  • Understand the difference between allergy and adverse reaction history
  • Know the three things to be documented for each allergy or adverse drug reaction

 

Adverse drug reactions in the oral cavity – how to diagnose and what to do next

Adverse drug reactions are an enormous and under-recognized public health problem. A contributor to this situation is inadequate training in drug safety for most health professionals and poor understanding of the drug safety literature. This talk will explain how to diagnose an adverse drug reaction (ADR) of any kind, and then cover the more common drug side effects that manifest in the oral cavity, which drugs are more likely to cause them and how they can be managed. The importance of reporting ADRs to regulatory authorities will also be discussed.

 

Learning objectives/outcomes:

After this lecture attendees with be able to:

  • Apply the steps in diagnosing adverse drug reactions in general
  • Know common adverse drug reactions affecting oral health.
  • Appreciate clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of these conditions.
  • Understand how the different adverse drug reactions may be diagnosed and managed.
  • Know the problems associated with referring to ADRs as “common” and “rare”.
  • Know how to report adverse drug reactions to the TGA, and the importance thereof.

Drugs which impair bone healing- beyond bisphosphonates

The idea that medicines could adversely affect bone healing has only been documented in the medical literature since the beginning of the 21st century. The association between bisphosphonates (BPs) and osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ) has revolutionized this field of interest, and research has been exploding ever since.  Four non-BP classes of medicines have now been associated with increasing the risk of ONJ, and a myriad of other drugs have been identified as making bone more vulnerable to impaired healing. This talk will provide an overview of this field of study and explain how this risk may best be communicated to patients.

Learning objectives/outcomes:

After this lecture attendees with be able to:

  • Understand the pharmacological background to knowing that medicines may have adverse impact on bone healing
  • Appreciate the current view on risk from bisphosphonates on bone healing
  • Know the four new classes of drugs associated with ONJ, and their proposed mechanisms
  • Advise patients more appropriately on their risk of poor bone healing with a range of medicines, not just bisphosphonates.

 

Towards Safer Prescribing and Drug Use in Canberra: course details, dates and costs

TOWARDS SAFER PRESCRIBING AND DRUG USE IN DENTAL PRACTICE - CANBERRA

Course No:

136515

Format:

Didactic

Date:

Saturday 10 October 2015

Time:

9:00am - 5:00pm (Registration from 8.30am) - includes full day's catering

Venue:

Hyatt Hotel Canberra, 120 Commonwealth Avenue, YARRALUMLA ACT 2600

Cost

Early bird for dentists (pay by 10 August 2015)

Standard for dentists

Standard for therapists/hygienists/DAs/nurses

University of Sydney Alumni (dentist)

University of Sydney and NSW Health Staff

University of Sydney Alumni (therapists/hygienists/DAs/nurses)

$565

$625

$425

$625

$500

$385

CPD Hours:

6 scientific CPD hours

To register:

You can book online with VISA or Mastercard.

For alternative payment methods please contact the Continuing Education Office on +61 +2 9351 8348 or via email to Continuing Education .

Working Posture Workshop - Saturday 5 September 2015

Introduction

Dentistry can be a very challenging profession. Dentists work in confined spaces in physically demanding positions. This can lead to back and neck pain, RSI, stiff muscles and stress for dental practitioners.

This one day practical workshop will teach you a daily program of warm up movements to prepare your body for work each day, and for some participants it will help relieve pain and stress or recover from injury.

Dr Penelope Jones created the Working Posture workshop specifically for dentists, hygienists, therapists and technicians. As a dentist, Penelope fully understands what dental practitioners face within the workplace and has developed a practical workshop to help address the problems.

Course outline

The workshop consists of “awareness through movement” lessons to help unlearn postural habits developed over
the years. You will learn how to align your body when seated, so your weight is supported by more than the skeleton. This is achieved through understanding how to release tense muscles and tone wasted muscles for better trunk stability.

Participants will be guided to find better alignment through strength and with ease and flexibility for precise skilled jobs, rather than resorting to rigidity and tension for control. Two lectures will underpin the practical lessons and will provide the theoretical and anatomical basis of the work.

Learning objectives
  • Retrain the body to ensure alignment for better posture
  • Understand the optimum seating position and adjustment to posture while using loupes and microscope
  • Development of flexible and strong trunk support for working when seated
  • Risk management: avoid work injuries and how to help with rehabilitation should injury occur
  • Releasing tense muscles
  • Toning wasted muscles for better trunk stability
  • Development of an ongoing program of maintenance
Course details, dates and costs

Working Posture Workshop

Course No:

136815

Format:

Lectures and practical sessions

Date:

Saturday 5 September 2015

Time:

9:00am - 5:00pm (registration from 8.30am) - includes full day's catering

Venue:

Rydges Sydney Central, Albion Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Presenter:

Dr Penelope Jones BDS, MAFG, MIFG

Cost

Standard registration for dentists

University of Sydney alumni (dentist)

NSW Health and University of Sydney staff

Standard for therapists/hygienists/DAs/nurses

University of Sydney alumni (hygienist/therapist)

$500

$450

$400

$300

$270

CPD Hours:

6

To register:

You can book online with VISA or Mastercard.

For alternative payment methods please contact the Continuing Education Office on +61 +2 9351 8348 or via email to Continuing Education

Sleep Apnoea: What You Need To Know - Monday 7 September

Overview

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a common disorder, affecting approximately 4% of men and 2% of women in the middle-aged workforce, as well as children and the elderly.

In the past 15 years there has been an increasing recognition of the dental aspects of the disorder, from both pathophysiological and therapeutic points of view.

This course aims to inform you about the diagnosis and management of snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea, and to consider the role of the dentist in this field.

Course topics

  • The epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical features, diagnosis and treatment modalities of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • Paediatric airway obstruction and dentofacial changes
  • Assessment of the upper airways for mandibular splints
  • ENT surgical techniques in treating OSA
  • Othognathic surgery in treating OSA
  • Transverse maxillary deficiency and sleep apnoea
  • Orthopaedic and/or surgically assisted maxillary expansion
  • Efficacy of the mandibular advancement splints in sleep apnoea
  • Use of dental appliances in sleep apnoea and in snoring patients
  • Long term effects of the mandibular advancement splints

Course details, date and costs

Sleep Apnoea: What you Need to Know

Course No:

136715

Format:

Lecture

Date:

Monday 7 September 2015

Time:

9:00am - 4:00pm (registration from 8:30am) - includes full day's catering

Venue:

Novotel Sydney Central, 169-179 Thomas Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Presenters:

Professor M Ali Darendeliler, BDS, PhD, Certif Ortho, Dip Ortho, Priv Doc (TR), Priv Doc (Ge)
Dr Greg Lvoff, MBBS, FRACS, BDS(Hons), FRACDS

Cost:

Standard for dentist

University of Sydney/NSW Health staff

University of Sydney alumni

Hygienist/therapist

$500

$400

$450

$300

CPD Hours:

5

To register:

You can book online with VISA or MasterCard.

For alternative payment methods please contact the Continuing Education Office on +61 +2 9351 8348 or via email to Continuing Education

Laser Training for Dental Practitioners - 26 September 2015

Overview

The course follows the recommendations of AS/NZS4173:2004 in terms of training requirements for dental clinicians. The course assumes no prior knowledge of laser physics, and is designed for the new laser user and for those wanting to understand how different laser types interact with tissues in unique ways.

The course includes a benchtop hand-on component in the middle of the day, and a written examination at the end of the day.

Topics
  • The generation of laser light and its unique properties
  • Laser delivery systems, including their optics and performance
  • Modes of operation of lasers, and how these are selected for different clinical applications
  • Interactions of laser radiation with soft and hard tissues
  • Soft tissue surgery
  • Caries removal, laser etching and laser-induced analgesia
  • Methods of laser enhanced bleaching
  • Low level laser therapy and laser disinfection
  • Hazards of surgical lasers used in dentistry
  • Laser safety considerations including hazard area assessment, selection of eyewear, in office protocols and checklists, and administrative controls
Course details, dates and cost

Lasers in Dentistry 

Course No:

138915

Format:

Lectures and ‘hands-on’

Date:

Saturday 26 September 2015

Time:

9:00am - 5:00pm (registration from 8:30am) - includes full day's catering

Venue:

Novotel Sydney Central, 169 – 179 Thomas  Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000

Presenters:

Professor Laurie Walsh BDSc, PHd, DDSc, GCEd, FFOP (RCPA), FICD, FPFA, FADI, FIADFE

Dr David Cox BDSc, Founding President for the Australian Association for Laser Dentistry

Cost:

Earlybird dentist (pay by 26 August 2015)

Standard for dentist

University of Sydney/NSW Health staff

University of Sydney alumni

Hygienist/therapist

$675

$750

$600

$675

$550

CPD Hours:

6

To register:

You can book online with VISA or MasterCard.

For alternative payment methods please contact the Continuing Education Office on +61 +2 9351 8348 or via email to Continuing Education

Presenters

Together Professor Laurie Walsh and Dr David Cox have trained dentists, dental specialists, oral health therapists, dental hygienists and dental therapists across all areas of Australia and New Zealand, as well as in South East Asia and Europe in the safe and effective uses of lasers in dental practice.

Laurie is a leading international authority in the use of lasers in dentistry. He has used multiple lasers in his specialist clinical practice in special needs dentistry for over 25 years, and developed a number of innovative clinical methods for their use. Laurie has published extensively in the field of laser applications in hard and soft tissues in dentistry, and he holds patents in several laser-based technologies. He has been presenting laser training courses since 1992, and is an accredited trainer for medical staff and operating theatre technicians. His training courses are recognised by several bodies including Radiation Health Qld, the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Australian College of Nursing.

David has over 20 years’ experience with using multiple lasers in his large general dental practices based in Brisbane and in rural Queensland. He has extensive experience as a clinical trainer in laser use. He also tutors in sedation dentistry. David has lectured both nationally and internationally on lasers in dentistry and was the founding president of the Australian Association for Laser Dentistry.

Contemporary Infection Control: State of the Art - Saturday 24 October 2015

Overview

Contemporary Infection Control will provide an update to dental clinician and their supporting staff on recent developments in infection control in dentistry.

This one day course provides an overview of key areas in infection control in which there have significant changes in recent years. The impact of the national guidelines from the ADA Inc, changes to the NH&MRC/CDNA guidelines from 2010, and the impact of national registration in July 2010 on infection control requirements will be a particular theme running through the program. The course is suitable for all members of the dental team. It will be of particular benefit to those who have not undertaken a recent Infection Control course and who wish to update their knowledge of infection control issues.

Course topics

  • Disease trends for infectious diseases to dentistry
  • Risk-based precautions
  • Recent developments in hand-care practices
  • Performance assessment of dental masks and post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Bioform reduction strategies and microbial assessment of dental unit water
  • Simplified management of endodontic instruments
  • Efficiency-based measures to improve workflow in instrument reprocessing and patient changeover
  • Features and correct operation of pre-vacuum autoclaves
  • Batch identification of instrumentals (instrument tracking)
  • Analysis of failures in infection control – lessons from recent incidents of practice
  • Requirement for autoclave record keeping
  • Protocols for the use of chemical and biological indicators

Learning objectives

  • The logic of risk-based precautions
  • Best practice in hand-care practices
  • Optimal use of personal protective equipment
  • Dealing with dental unit waterline biofilms
  • More effective and efficient in instrument reprocessing and patient changeover
  • Correct use of batch control identification
  • Office record keeping for sterilization
  • Optimal protocols for chemical and biological indicators

Learning outcomes

  • Appreciation of the how different strategies can be used to reduce risks from airborne pathogens derived from dental unit waterlines or the patient's oral fluids
  • Knowledge of better protocols for hand hygiene and wearing PPE
  • Understanding of quality assurance processes for instrument reprocessing and sterilization

Course details, date and costs

Contemporary Infection Control 

Course No:

139815

Format:

Lecture

Date:

Saturday 24 October 2015

Time:

9:00am - 5:00pm (registration from 8:30am) - includes full day's catering

Venue:

The Cullen Room, The Holme Building, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006

Presenters:

Professor Laurie Walsh BDSc, PHd, DDSc, GCEd, FFOP (RCPA), FICD, FPFA, FADI, FIADFE

Cost:

Earlybird dentist (pay by 29 August 2015)

Standard for dentist

University of Sydney/NSW Health staff

University of Sydney alumni

Hygienist/therapist

$565

$625

$500

$565

$425

CPD Hours:

6

To register:

You can book online with VISA or MasterCard.

For alternative payment methods please contact the Continuing Education Office on +61 +2 9351 8348 or via email to Continuing Education

Snap the Cap - Primary Pulp Therapy and Stainless Steel Crowns

Overview

Pulpotomy and stainless steel crowns are proven effective treatment options for primary carious teeth to prevent pain, infection and maintain arch length in the primary dentition. Case selection through proper diagnosis is paramount to the success of this procedure.

This course will enable participants to be able to perform effective primary pulp therapy and stainless steel crowns for children. There are two dates available to book into; Friday 2 October 2015 and Friday 27 November 2015.

The primary audience for Snap the Cap is oral health therapists and dental therapists, however all members of the dental team are welcome to attend.

Topics
  • Current evidence based theory in primary pulp therapy
  • Indications and contraindications for pulpotomy and stainless steel crown restorations
  • The advantages and disadvantages of the use of stainless steel crowns
  • The Hall Technique and Aesthetic Crowns
Learning objectives
  1. Discuss the rationale behind successful Pulpotomy and Stainless Steel Crown procedures in primary teeth
  2. Identify the case selection criteria for Pulpotomy and Stainless Steel Crown
  3. Demonstrate the technique of Pulpotomy and Stainless Steel Crown in simulation practice
Learning outcomes
  • Discuss and evaluate current evidence-based theory in primary pulp therapy
  • Understanding of the indications and contraindications for Pulpotomy and Stainless Steel Crown restorations
  • Greater familiarity with the use of current medicaments for Pulpotomy
  • Apply and practise current technique of Pulpotomy, preparation and cementation of Stainless Steel Crown in simulation practice
  • Discuss the use of the Hall Technique and Aesthetic Crowns
  • Reflect on current theory to adapt to future primary pulp therapy
Hands-on simulation practice includes:
  • Application of rubber dam
  • Pulpotomy procedure using current medicament and technique
  • Preparation, selection and cementation of stainless steel crown
  • The procedures will be discussed in detail and participants will have the opportunity to complete procedures on replica primary pulp tooth.
Course details, dates and costs

Snap the Cap 

Format:

Lectures and hands-on simulation practice

Course 1

 2 October 2015

Course 2

27 November 2015

Time:

11.30am - 4.00pm (Registration from 11am)

Venue:

Faculty of Dentistry, Simulation Clinic, 1a Mons Road Westmead

Cost

Early bird  (if paid 5 weeks prior to course)

Standard registration

University of Sydney alumni

NSW Health & University of Sydney staff

$400

$440

$400

$350

CPD Hours:

4 CPD hours

To register:

You can book online with VISA or MasterCard.

Online registration for Friday 2 October 2015

Online registration for Friday 27 November 2015

For alternative payment methods please contact the Continuing Education Office on +61 +2 9351 8348 or via email to Continuing Education .