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Practical oral surgery

Learn practical skills to enhance your clinical techniques
This course will cover the practicalities of every day oral surgery - from extractions to impactions, breakages to biopsies, instrument and suture selection, exposures and closure of oro-antral communications.

Course overview

Presented by Dr Barbara Woodhouse the course will include video demonstrations and a hands on session including practicing suture techniques on pig's trotters. Participants are also encouraged to bring patient cases for discussion during the final session. NB: Pigs trotters are used in the workshop session.


  • Extraction made easy/(ier)
  • Understand elevators for maximum effect
  • Pick that impaction - before you start
  • How to effectively expose AND bond at the same 
  • Close the antral opening today - avoid the fistula next week
  • Prescribe to maximise your analgesic effect
  • Try out different suture materials, needles and techniques
Course date: 

Friday 14 June 2019

Time: 8:30am-5:30pm (Registration from 8:00am). Includes all catering.

Primus Hotel, Sydney

Course structure:  Lectures and hands on workshop
CPD hours: 7.5
Course fees:

$740 (incl. GST)    

Earlybird for dentists (pay by 18 May 2019) and University of Sydney alumni 
$870 (incl. GST)   Standard for dentists  
$695 (inc. GST) University of Sydney/NSW Health staff
Registration:  Click here to register and pay online using Visa and Mastercard. To pay by AMEX or pay over the phone please contact the Continuing Education office by email at or by calling: +61 2 9351 8348.


Dr Woodhouse graduated in dentistry from the University of Qld in 1978 and worked for Qld Health and in private practice - both in rural Queensland and in Brisbane - before deciding to specialise in oral and maxillofacial surgery. After completing a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, she returned to the University of Qld to teach and to complete a Masters degree in oral and maxillofacial surgery in combination with a four-year surgical training program, initially at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Dr Woodhouse completed her final year in a world class training facility in the UK and was admitted to Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

She was awarded a travelling Fellowship to Europe in recognition of the work she undertook in England. On her return to Australia, Dr Woodhouse commenced private practice in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. At the same time she completed a medical degree through the University of Queensland and was awarded a specialist Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

She was appointed a consultant at the Royal Brisbane and Princess Alexandra Hospitals from 1994 to 2009 where she pioneered several techniques not previously performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Queensland. She has also served as Lieutenant Colonel Consultant to the Australian Army, and is currently on the national board of examiners for doctors applying for specialist registration in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Dr Woodhouse practices all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery but has a special interest in the correction of facial deformity.