NSW - Perio Masterclass in Newcastle

Come join us in beautiful Newcastle for a Periodontal masterclass!


DHAA NSW CPD Committee invites you to 


              Perio Masterclass in Newcastle


at the Mercure Newcastle


Featured Speakers


  • Dr Tihana Divnic-Resnik
  • Tabitha Acret
  • Professor Dileep Sharma
  • Dr Vijay Tumuluri
  • Dr Avinash Suryawanshi 



Dr Tihana Divik, Resnik


 Presentation 1: Chlorhexadine - The miracle Chemical

 Presenstation 2: Virtual perio-Clinic

 Workshop: Best Practice for optimal treatment outcomes


Tabitha Acret


"The patient wants a dental implant what does this mean for the OHT and dental hygienist?"


This presentation will discuss how to discuss treatment options for dental implants with patients, the steps involved and what home and professional care is needed for dental implant patients.

Learning outcomes

  1. Explain the steps from planning, surgical and restorative
  2. Understand when to take x-rays?
  3. Understand when to probe dental implants
  4. Understand what records are needed for dental implants
  5. Understand home care recommendations
  6. Understand professional maintenance of dental implants


Professor Dileep Sharma BDS, MDS(Perio), Grad Cert Acad Prac (HigEd), PhD, FPFA, FICD/ Head of Discipline, Oral Health School of Health Sciences) 


"Considerations and Approaches in Surgical Periodontal therapy"       


 Learning objectives

  1. Develop an understanding of the specific clinical situations that require surgical intervention in managing periodontal diseases
  2. Acquire knowledge about the various surgical approaches utilised in periodontal treatment, such as flap surgeries and regenerative procedures.
  3. Develop an understanding of limitations associated with common surgical approaches used in periodontal therapy




"Unpacking periodontal maintenance"         


Learning objectives

This lecture will explore the importance of the maintenance phase of periodontal treatment in patients with Periodontal disease.  This lecture will also look at what happens to the periodontal disease when regular maintenance is not complied with.  Additionally, we will unpack what should be undertaken during a maintenance visit and important role that hygienists play in this important phase of the periodontal treatment.


Dr Avinash Suryawanshi | MBBS  FCPS. DNB  (MED). FRACP Director, Concord Diabetes Service/ Clinical Lecturer, The University of Sydney  Staff Specialist- Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism,  High Risk Foot Service, Collaborative Centre for Cardiometabolic Health in Psychosis


"Optimising oral health in diabetes"

Learning objectives

  1. Enhance understanding of diabetes pathophysiology
  2. Effect of diabetes on oral health and vice versa
  3. Clinical guide for oral health clinicians
  4. Q and A


5.5 Scientific CPD Hours


Dr Tihana Divnic-Resnik BDS, MSc, PhD is a senior lecturer and DMD course coordinator in the Discipline of Periodontics at the School of Dentistry, The University of Sydney. She has extensive international experience in education as well as clinical experience as a specialist of Periodontology and Oral Medicine.

Currently, she is providing treatment to patients at the Department for Periodontics in Sydney Dental Hospital and supervising students’ clinical work at both Sydney Dental Hospital and Westmead Centre for Oral Health. She has published her work in several international journals and presented it at numerous professional conferences.

She has also led continuous professional development courses in Australia and Internationally. She is a member of European Federation of Periodontology (EFP), Australian Dental Association (ADA), Australian Society of Periodontics (ASP) and fellow of the International College of Dentists (ICD).


Tabitha Acret is a dedicated and passionate award-winning Dental Hygienist. She studied a Bachelor or Oral Health at Newcastle University , Graduate Certificate in Public Health and current Clinical Masters student at the University of Central London Eastman Campus .Tabitha has become one of the most sought-after Hygienists and Educators in Australia and internationally with a fast-growing and loyal customer base of patients, dental professionals and media. 

Tabitha was previously the National Vice-President for the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia and has volunteered in many roles since graduation for the Association. She also has a passion for educating with students, working as lecturer at Sydney University and currently works as a Clinical Educator for implant maintenance and non-surgical periodontal therapy as well as two days a week in private practice.


Professor Dileep Sharma is Head of Discipline, Oral Health at School of Health Sciences, College of Health, Medicine & Wellbeing at the University of Newcastle. Dileep brings a wealth of teaching experience within sixteen years as health professional and clinical educator across Asia, Africa and Australia.

Dileep commenced his leadership role at the University of Newcastle after previously holding the role of Senior lecturer (2016-2022) and Associate Professor in Periodontics (2022) at the College of Medicine and Dentistry, James Cook University (JCU).

Dileep has been very passionate and successful undergraduate research coordinator in his role at JCU as evidenced by student achievements including multiple conference prizes and publications in peer-reviewed journals under his mentorship. Additionally, he has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and invited conference presentations on dental materials and oral cancer prevalence in Australia.

Recently, his research team was awarded the Clarks Family Award for Sustainable Dental Materials research by Australian Dental Research Foundation and the 2022 ANZ Joan Chong Award in Dental Materials by the International Association for Dental Research.

Dileep was also awarded two fellowships in the FDI World Dental Congress held at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) in September 2023 - Fellowship of Pierre Fauchard Academy and Fellowship of International College of Dentists – both awarded in recognition of his contributions and leadership in the field of Clinical Dentistry, Research and Dental education.

Additionally, Dileep has extensive experience as principal and co-investigator for various externally funded research projects with various funders including Australian Dental Research Foundation and Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre, Australia.

Previously, Dileep has been Councillor for Far North Queensland Section of the International Association for Dental Research, ANZ division (2018-2022). Furthermore, he currently serves as a peer-reviewer for various Q1 journals within dentistry and materials journals and a guest editor on multiple special issues focusing on contemporary topics such as dental implants and COVID-19. He sits on the reviewer panel for various funding bodies including National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australian Dental Research Foundation and Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre.


Dr Vijay Tumuluri  graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995. He subsequently completed a Master of Science Degree, studying cell proliferation in oral cancer. A number of papers have been published in Australian and international journals from this research. In 2003 he completed a Master of Dental Science specialising in periodontics and implant dentistry at the University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Vijay is the  past president of the Australian Society of Periodontology (NSW Branch) and the Australian Society of Periodontology (Federal branch) and a Senior Clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney.  He also teaches postgraduates in Implantology at the University of Sydney as well being a demonstrator in periodontics to students at the University of Sydney. He is also a member of numerous professional societies and organisations. He has lectured all around Australia and New Zealand.  He is in Private practice in Sydney.



Dr Suryawanshi is a director of diabetes service at Concord Repatriation General Hospital and a core member of Diabetes Strategic Plan, SLHD. He is also a consultant physician at SJOG Hospital and Wesley Hospital, a consultant endocrinologist at ccCHIP clinic and high-risk foot clinic at Concord Hospital, and a clinical lecturer at The University of Sydney.

Dr Suryawanshi has authored several quality improvement multidisciplinary projects in Sydney Local Health district. He has co-authored a chapter in the textbook of obesity on “Drugs causing weight gain and clinical alternatives to their use”and is a principal investigator on several randomised control trials and clinical research projects at Concord Hospital.

Dr Suryawanshi has special interest in the area of Diabetes and Metabolic Health and is a strong advocate of “patient focussed multidisciplinary team care” for management of chronic diseases.




24/02/2024 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Mercure Hotel Newcastle 12 Steel St Newcastle West, NSW 2302 AUSTRALIA

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