QLD - Making a Splash Full Day

This full day of CPD will feature presentations on sustainability in dentistry, mobile dentistry, motivational interviewing and more!


 Speaker Biographies Lecture Synopsis  Registration Prices



CPD Topics:

  • Amelia Seselja
    • Sustainable Dental Practice
      Is sustainability important and possible for dental practices and public health?

    • Bright Smiles, Bright Futures - Relaunch
      Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures ( BSBF) is a far-reaching, impactful oral health education program. Learn how you can partner with BSBF and bring oral health education and promotion to your community and practice.

  • Tabitha Acret 
    • Motivational interviewing
      This lecture will go through motivational interviewing and modern techniques for motivating the patient to take harness of their own oral health and improve their long term outcomes.

  • Shida Taheri
    • Mobile Dentistry
      Shida is an OHT running her own successful mobile dentistry business in Sydney and will be sharing her knowledge from her journey as a mobile practitioner. 

  • Dr Meng-Wong Taing
    • Drugs that contribute to bleeding risk in general dental practice
    • Management of patients taking antithrombotic drugs undergoing oral/dental procedure.


CPD Hours: 6hrs scientific

Our Event Sponsors:



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


Lecture Synopsis:

Sustainable Dental Practice - Amelia Seselja

Is sustainability important and possible for dental practices and public health?

Sustainability is something that is talked about a lot. What does it really mean and how does it affect our practising lives?We can all agree that big companies should be taking steps to becoming sustainable. How can they assist the individual practitioner and the community with more sustainable practices? What changes can be made to practice that will not compromise safety or the bottom line? This presentation looks at these important questions and provides some helpful insights into the topic.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what sustainability means
  • Explore zero waste and the circular economy
  • Consider companies’ approaches to sustainability and how these could assist dental practice
  • Apply sustainability practices to the dental practice environment

Bright Smiles, Bright Futures - Relaunch - Amelia Seselja

Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures ( BSBF) is a far-reaching, impactful oral health education program. It is Colgate’s flagship corporate social responsibility initiative. The program is designed to teach and empower children and families about he importance of good oral hygiene. The goal of BSBF is to improve oral health of children around the world. During this session, learn how you can partner with BSBF and bring oral health education and promotion to your community and practice.

Leaning outcomes:

  • Explore Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (BSBF)
  • Understand how BSBF supports social sustainability & oral health promotion
  • Gain insight into opportunities to implement BSBF in your community and practice
  • Understand its the new materials as part of the relaunch in 2021, and what is available to dental professionals and how to access materials


Motivational interviewing - Tabitha Acret

We know that successful oral health outcomes are only possible with patient cooperation, however as much as we would love our patients to brush twice a day, clean between their teeth daily and make their oral health a priority we know this is not the case for many of our patients. Its likely that some of our patients will not do it at all. Is this a lack of motivation or does it have something to do with the way we as clinicians motivate our patients in their appointments . The traditional method of oral hygiene instructions where patients are "spoken to " and not involved in the process does not work , patients need to make their own decisions on what they would like their oral health outcomes to be and set their own goals on how they will achieve them. This lecture will go through motivational interviewing and modern techniques for motivating the patient to take harness of their own oral health and improve their long term outcomes.


Mobile Dentistry - Shida Taheri

Dentistry, just a little different.

Accessing dental services is hard for some. There are so many patients who can not visit us in the dental surgeries we work, and as much as we would like our patients to return every 3-6months for maintenance visits, this is not always possible for them. Why not take our dental services to them?

Mobile dentistry has its benefits to our aging and immobile population or the busy families and can be so rewarding for us dental professionals. In this presentation, I will share my tips and tricks of running a successful mobile dental business. What my days look like, the different types and uses of portable equipment, the complications, barriers, the limitations and the wins. This presentation will also delve into the legalities, record keeping and consent needed when providing dental services to the population who do not / can not provide their own consent.

I will also cover how you can start your own business, or organise mobile visits with your current employer for additional revenue or to expand your patient base.

Learning Objectives:

  • Manage and run a mobile dental business
  • Be able to implement correct record keeping and consent methods, especially in mobile visits and where the consent giver is not the patient.
  • Optimise your current employment opportunities with mobile dentistry

Speaker Biographies:

Amelia Seselja

Amelia holds a Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Queensland and a Master of Business Administration from Flinders University. Amelia is an advocate for oral health promotion and has led and overseen the development of oral health frameworks and oral health promotion projects across Australia. As an Oral Health Therapist, she has worked in a diverse range of settings including general and specialist practice, not-for-profit, corporate and within the university setting.

Throughout her career, Amelia has had strong interest in oral health promotion and public health. Amelia joined the Colgate Scientific Affairs team in 2020, as the Academic Affairs Manager and leads the Colgate Professional Education Network across Australia and New Zealand.

Tabitha Acret

Tabitha Acret graduated from Newcastle University Australia with a Bachelor of Oral health and is currently studying her Masters in Public Health at Charles Darwin University. 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. Tabitha also previously worked as a clinical educator at Sydney University and currently works as a clinical educator for implant maintenance and non surgical periodontal therapy. Tabitha lectures nationally and internationally on motivating patients , implant maintenance and disease prevention and periodontal therapy . Outside of her busy work life of lecturing and working clinically in private practice Tabitha enjoys volunteering both locally and internationally to raise awareness and education of the benefits of good oral health.

Winner of the 2018 leadership award in dental hygiene and 2019 award for clinical excellence, Tabitha had dedicated her professional life to continued learning and sharing her passion with the dental community.

Shida Taheri

Shida is an Oral Health Therapist graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2011 in BOH and in Therapy in 2018. Along with working in the clinical environment in private practice, she is the Industry Partnership Officer for the Dental Hygienist Association of Australia. Her love for the dental field started as a dental nurse in 2007. She is in charge of organising regular training days for staff members at her private practice.

She started her own business Dental On Demand in mobile dentistry, servicing aged care facilities, child care centres and home visits. She has a passion for preventative healthcare and oral health promotion. She aims to be a mentor and guide other dental professionals through their independent practitioner journey.

Outside of her busy dental life, Shida loves to travel, spend time with her family and French Bulldog with a class III.

Dr Meng-Wong Taing (Wong)

BPHARM, GradCert, PhD
Dr Meng-Wong Taing (Wong) graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (with Honours Class 1) in 2002, Graduate Certificate in Technology Innovation Management in 2012, and a PhD in Pharmacy in 2013. After completion of his PhD he worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Translation Research Institute (TRI) investigating novel drug candidates for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity. In 2014, Wong joined the School of Pharmacy as a Lecturer and was awarded the Dean’s commendation for Research Higher Degree Excellence. Wong's current research themes have a strong commitment in facilitating extended roles for pharmacists and other health care providers to improve patient outcomes. He is particularly interested in further developing evidence for pharmacists working in collaborative oral healthcare models in Australia. Wong is also completing his Masters in Biostatistics through the Biostatistics Collaboration of Australia.

Dr Meng-Wong Taing teaches Quality Use of Medicines (QUM) within the UQ Bachelor of Midwifery and Nursing courses and has previously taught QUM principles withn the Advanced Practice Midwifery course and Master of Nurse Practitioner Studies program. He is the 1st year course coordinator for PHRM1020 Data Analysis & Professional Practice (semester 1) and PHRM1012 Introductory Pharmacy 2 (semester 2).

Registration Prices

DHAA members: Early Bird (until the 24th April) - $150
DHAA members - $190
DHAA Student members - $100
ADOHTA members - $237.5
Non members - $285


Venue & Accomodation

Discounted accomodation is available at QT Hotel and can be arranged by calling their booking team on (07) 5584 1200 and advising you are attending the conference.

Parking is available at the venue for $20 per 24hrs. There may be limited street parking around the venue. 


5/15/2021 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
E. Australia Standard Time
QT Hotel - Gold Coast 7 Staghorn Avenue Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217 AUSTRALIA

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