La Trobe University - Small Groups Intensive Hands-on

La Trobe University in Bendigo is pleased to bring you intensive hands-on workshops and small group CPD workshops run in their dental simulation clinic.


Run by the experienced and enthusiastic oral health educators team from the Bachelor of Oral Health Science at La Trobe University, these hands on intensives are limited to 8 participants only to facilitate better learning. 

There are 3 workshops on offer are: 

Radiography practical refresher
Silver Diamine Fluoride
Hall Technique

Attendees can register for one, two or all three workshops over the two days to maximise your hands on CPD and kick start your new year. 


Workshop Details

Radiography practical refresher

Refresh your knowledge and improve or consolidate your practical skills for digital dental radiography. This hands-on workshop provides you with an opportunity to apply and practice the basic principles for taking intraoral dental radiographs. After a theoretical introduction and explanation of how to use the specialised equipment (60 minutes), you will refine your skills in taking bitewings (with cardboard tabs and Kwikbite devices) and periapical radiographs (using paralleling and bisecting techniques).You will work in La Trobe University’s Rural Health Schools’ dental clinic.

You will take multiple radiographs on dental manikins, with guidance and support of experienced oral health educators. Your practice time in the clinic is maximised. With only eight participants per practical session (120 minutes) and access to two educators, there is plenty of time for discussion and practice. You can choose which techniques you want to develop further, to provide you with an individually tailored practical learning experience.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply the principles and procedures for taking periapical and bitewing radiographs in a simulated environment.
  2. Demonstrate the processes required to safely expose and process intraoral digital radiographs using phosphor plates.
  3. Assess and discuss diagnostic value and potential operator errors of digital radiographs.

Hall Technique

The Hall Technique is an effective approach to managing early childhood caries without the need for local anesthetic or cutting of the tooth to remove infected enamel and dentine. In this ‘no needle, no drill,’ method, a preformed metal crown is placed directly over the affected tooth.

This workshop presents contemporary evidence from Australia. You learn how to offer an alternative option to the traditional management methods for caries.

A practical session guides you through the steps involved in the Hall Technique. You will get sufficient time and opportunity to practice the technique on manikins. Enthusiastic and experienced oral health educators will be available to support and guide you. At the end of this training a formative assessment will demonstrate that you are ready to apply the Hall Technique in your clinical setting. You are invited to bring your own cases for discussion.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  1. Consider the latest evidence in minimal intervention dentistry.
  2. Describe indications and benefits of using the Hall Technique.
  3. Apply the Hall Technique in a simulated clinical setting.
  4. Support treatment and care planning decisions to change clinical practice.

Silver Diamine Fluoride

This interactive course is suitable for oral health practitioners with an interest in minimal intervention dentistry. The training will provide a comprehensive overview of current trends and evidence in minimal intervention dentistry. You will learn through a step-by-step guide how to perform Silver Diamine Fluoride applications.

The hands-on component will allow you to practice with varied materials and systems in the application of Silver Diamine Fluoride and Silver Fluoride. The learning environment provides a near to authentic experience in the simulation labs of La Trobe’s Rural Health School Dental Simulation Clinic.

You are invited to discuss cases that interest you, with your peers and experienced oral health educators in a supportive environment. Discussions include pediatric, aged care, special needs, and outreach care cases. The care planning and case discussions are evidence-informed, guided by minimal intervention dentistry principles and person-centered care. You are invited to bring your own cases.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  1. Consider the latest evidence in Silver Diamine Fluoride applications and use.
  2. Describe the benefits and limitations of using Silver Diamine Fluoride
  3. Apply Silver Diamine Fluoride in a simulated clinical setting.
  4. Support treatment and care planning decisions to change clinical practice.


Alyson Bettega is an Oral Health Therapist who studied and practised oral health therapy in Queensland and the NT. Alyson developed her expertise in quality person centred care in outreach settings including aged care, disability, and schools. She spent many years as a regular member of the NRCH Oral Health team visiting the northern Victorian community of Robinvale, providing dental care in partnership with the Murray Valley Aboriginal Co-Operative. She holds Advanced Clinical Practice scope and a Certificate in Training and Assessment. Alyson has extensive experience in smoking cessation intervention, motivational interviewing, the Hall Technique, silver diamine fluoride, as well as management and leadership of clinical teams. She has presented nationally and internationally. Alyson is an educator with La Trobe University, and studying a Grad Cert in Higher Education.

Jessy McClure is an Oral Health Therapist and Infection Prevention and Control Professional. She graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Oral Health Science, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Infection Prevention and Control with Griffith University. She is a La Trobe University educator and involved in the training of undergraduate Oral Health Science and Dentistry students in the pre-clinical setting. Her special interest areas include infection prevention and control, intraoral and extraoral radiography, and orthodontics for the oral health therapist.

Different experienced clinicians will be involved in the hands-on training component.

You can sign up for all the workshops (3) or select which workshops you like to attend. 

Tea, coffee, refreshments and snacks are included in all workshops. Lunch is included with 2 workshop bookings on Friday.

Workshop times

  Friday 15 July 
9:30am - 12:30pm 
Friday 15 July 
2:00pm - 5:00pm  
 Saturday 16 July 
9:30am - 12:30pm
Lab D Radiography Radiography Radiography 
Lab B Hall Technique Hall Technique Hall Technique

Pricing per workshop

 DHAA Members - $140  ADOHTA Members - $140  Non members - $175



La Trobe Campus, Bendigo

HHS2 Building
Level 3, simulation labs and teaching clinic 
Entry: Sharon Street 

On Friday entry HHS2 Building La Trobe Rural Health School.

On Saturday entry HHS2 Building at level 3 (see arrows on map).

Campus Map

Free street onsite parking.
Parking lot attracts a daily (low) fee on Mo-Fri.



Combine your CPD event with a stay in Bendigo. 

Visit the Art Gallery, wineries in the area, go to the theatre on Friday night (Anh Doh – The Happiest Refugee Live) and enjoy the Bendigo Blues and Roots festival. Mixing business and pleasure for a good work-life balance.


 Jimeoin - Saturday 15th July

A brilliant evening of world-class comedy from the Irishman internationally celebrated as one of live stand-up’s true masters. We’re thrilled to welcome Jimeoin as part of his new smash-hit “Turn it Up!” tour – don’t miss this hilarious show!

Jimeoin is an acclaimed, hugely loved and much respected comedian, with a wide appeal and a cheeky, no-gimmicks and superbly observed sense of humour that has his audiences in stitches across the UK, Europe, USA and of course Australia. The press say that he’s at the very top of the game – and we definitely agree! It’s a great fun night out so don’t miss your chance to see the award-winning star of TV shows including ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Conan’, ‘Royal Variety Performance’ and ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’ – Live!


Australian Sheep and Wool Show - 15th–17th July


Elvis Exhibition - Last weekend! 

Created in partnership with Graceland, this exclusive exhibition explores the extraordinary life and style of Elvis Presley. 


The Djaraa lights

Djaara Lights aims to highlight Dja Dja Wurrung culture in the Bendigo region through combining the display of Djaara artwork and augmented reality experiences. A sequence of activations tells stories of the Dja Dja Wurrung six seasons on Djandak (Country) from Dja Dja Wurrung People, the Traditional Owners of Bendigo.

Bendigo Gastronomy

Bendigo is an UNESCO Creative city and region of Gastronomy. Head to the website to see what is on offer in the region.


15/07/2022 9:30 AM - 16/07/2022 1:00 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
La Trobe Campus, Bendigo HHS2 Building Level 3, Simulation Labs and Teaching Clinic Bendigo, VIC AUSTRALIA


Friday, 15 July 2022

Not specified - 5:00 PM
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
9:30 AM
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
9:30 AM
9:30 AM
2:00 PM

Saturday, 16 July 2022

9:30 AM
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
9:30 AM
9:30 AM

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