VIC - DHAA Christmas Lunch at Kooyong Tennis Club

It's time to get together for our annual Christmas lunch at the Kooyong Tennis Club! Enjoy a range of educational topics and catching up with your peers.

Join us at Kooyong Tennis Club for our annual Christmas Brunch!



 About our Speakers About our Topics  Registration Prices



Featuring speakers:

  • Sue Rusalen
    • The shift from treadmill mechanical dental hygiene to being a true health partner
    • Implementation & practices for hygiene practice of microbiological testing in dentistry
  • Dr Riz Ahmed
    • Occlusal Sprints, Hocus Pocus? 
  • Dr Mark Wotherspoon
    • From Talk to Walk - Aged Care Oral Health
  • Paulette Smith 
    • Becoming the Teeth Whitening Specialist
  • Associate Professor Matt Hopcraft & Roisin McGrath 
    • Mental Health & Well-being of Australian Dental Practitioners


CPD Hours: 5 hours Scientific

Our Event Sponsors:


Our event hand hygiene products and masks are kindly sponsored by Erskine Oral Care.



Lecture Synopsis:

From Talk to Walk - Aged Care Oral Health
- Dr Mark Wotherspoon

The Royal Commission into Residential Aged Care heard evidence of the appalling state of dental and oral health in Australia’s residential aged care facilities. There are nearly 190,000 of Australia’s most vulnerable people living in residential care. Many are suffering due to poor dental and oral health and a lack of access to appropriate services. “Dentures left in for weeks, teeth not cleaned for days and sometimes weeks, broken teeth lacerating gums and tongues, extensive tooth decay, advanced gum disease fast-tracking the person to potentially fatal aspirational pneumonia, fillings falling out, pain, swelling and oral cancers in all stages. The Federal Government has repeatedly ignored the ADA’s requests over the last 3 decades to better fund and support the well overdue changes in policy to improve the oral health and dignity of our vulnerable, frail and elderly citizens in Aged Care facilities or receiving supported living at home. What can we do without Govt assistance that will make a big difference for our frail elderly and is financially viable and stress free?

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the existing status of oral health and hygiene in Aged Care
  • Recognise Portable Dentistry rationale – Why? How? What?
  • Understand the benefits of tele-dentistry in aged care
  • How to Upskill and Educate Nursing Care Staff – Project Gordon and iTOP Seniors.  


Occlusal Splints, Hocus Pocus?
- Dr Riz Ahmed

A review of current TMD management protocols, with an emphasis on occlusal splints. 

Becoming the Teeth Whitening Specialist
- Paulette Smith

 Our clients are asking for a brighter smile Teeth whitening services can make their teeth whiter over time and it is possible to achieve this without pain or discomfort! In this presentation, we'll cover what you need for successful results start-to-finish including essential elements that ensure success throughout every stage--from treatment planning, choice of products & maintenance routines, through to home care programs or regular practice visits as indicated by our patients' needs. This seminar is designed to walk you through the complex Teeth Whitening landscape in Australia. You’ll get actionable tips and knowledge and you’ll feel inspired and empowered with a newfound confidence, to provide successful professional teeth whitening services for your clients.

Mental Health & Well-being of Australian Dental Practitioners
- Associate Professor Matt Hopcraft & Dr Roisin McGrath

This presentation will provide an overview of mental health and wellbeing in Australian dental practitioners, and look at strategies that practitioners can use to manage their mental health and wellbeing. Mental health conditions are common in the Australian population, and our research has highlighted that this is also true for dental practitioners, with depression, anxiety disorder, psychological distress, burnout and thoughts of suicide commonly reported. This presentation will discuss some of these findings, and some strategies that practitioners can use to manage their own mental health and wellbeing.

Speaker Biographies

Dr Mark Wotherspoon

Dr Mark Wotherspoon - Oral Health Activist. Successful General Dental Practitioner who wears a number of hats. Mark has had many years in private practice as principal and practice owner as well as experience in the Public Service, Military Service and even Corrective services. He firmly believes in establishing best practice oral hygiene routines for his patients and educating other health professionals and the public as to the close link between oral health and general health. Mark is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer and Clinical Team Leader [Portable Dentistry] CSU and has successfully run his own private practice portable dental service -Dentist To Your Door since 2016. Dr Mark has also led a team that invented and developed a range of removable dental appliance hygiene products, Dr Mark’s Hygenie. He is an active member of the Australian Dental Association and in 2022 Mark was made an Honourary member of the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia.


Paulette Smith

Paulette Smith is the mother of 3 sassy daughters, a staffy lover, previous horse wrangler, business owner, Dental Hygienist and online course & podcast junkie.

She has enjoyed 39 years in the dental industry and worked in all three corners of the dental industry triangle, clinical, sales & marketing, and professional education and training. Paulette has a passion for innovation, is full of big ideas and doesn't hesitate to offer support, help and advice to oral health colleagues.

At the beginning of her career Paulette was instrumental in creating the legislation for Hygienists to work in Victoria and 32 years later very excited for the forthcoming legislative changes in 2020.

Paulette has been working successfully in her unconventional model of Independent practice since 2014. She generously shares her ideas and experience and loves mentoring other oral health professionals wanting to learn more and investigate these uncharted opportunities…

Paulette is a registered Dental Hygienist, and holds a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education and Training. In her teeth whitening and dental hygiene studio, using a variety of services she has whitened the teeth of over 500 clients. Paulette has also developed a training course delivered online and hands on for Oral Health Professionals to develop confidence and competence in teeth whitening.


Sue Rusalen

Susan Rusalen is a dental hygiene clinician, dental practice management and industry expert. Her business, 7 Figure Hygiene is a boutique dental consultancy, and she is founder of the Hygiene Hackers Study Club. Susan has clocked up almost 40 years in the dental industry beginning in Outback NSW as well as Sydney, Adelaide, Switzerland, USA and New Zealand. Susan has teamed up with international experts in Oral Systemic Health and is instrumental in bringing The Larkin Protocol to Australia. This protocol uses video microscopy and motivates patients by turning a treadmill dental appointment into a shared hunt for dangerous bacteria living in our oral microbiome. Ms Rusalen is also the co-founder of Senyum International which is a charity for disadvantaged children in Australia and Indonesia.


Dr Riz Ahmed

Dr Riz Ahmed got his Bachelor's Degree in Dentistry in 2009 and is very passionate about his calling. He has been actively involved in post-grad education ever since, as a student and as a mentor with special focus on early intervention orthodontics (for kids as young as 5, which helps them avoid braces later in life), chronic head and neck pain (dental and muscular) and cosmetic dentistry (personally designed natural looking smiles). His caring nature hias helped him build a strong patient base extending from little kids, families to senior patients. An unconventional dental journey covering assisting, reception, dental lab technology, corporate practice management, clinical dentistry to now owning a busy 5 chair practice in regional Victoria.

Associate Professor Matt Hopcraft

With more than 25 years in the dental industry, Associate Professor Matt Hopcraft is a recognised leader and expert in dental public health and advocacy. As a dentist he has worked in the Army, private and public dental practices, and then as an academic at The University of Melbourne. He is a strong advocate for measures to improve oral health in the community including improving access to care and for healthy eating. Matt is currently the CEO of the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch.

Dr Roisin McGrath

Roisin has worked for over 30 years in the field of oral health and is qualified as a dental nurse, dental hygienist and dental therapist. She is the Director Bachelor of Oral Health Program at the University of Melbourne and the Learning, Design and Systems Consultant at Dental Health Services Victoria. Roisin is also an accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor and delivers MHFA training to people working in the oral health sector. Roisin was recently elected as the Victorian Director on the DHAA Board.


Registration Prices

  Early Bird
(Closes November 3rd)
Regular Pricing
 DHAA members - $160
 DHAA Student members -   $75 
 ADOHTA members -  $205 $225 
 Non members -  $250 $270
3/12/2022 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time
489 Glenferrie Road Kooyong, VIC 3144 AUSTRALIA
Online registration not available.

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