SA - March Destination Event

Destination Auchendarroch House, Mount Barker!


DHAA SA Committee welcomes you to their Annual Destination event at Auchendarroch House located in the beautiful Adelaide Hills town of Mount Barker!


Our Speakers include:


  • Dr Ying Guo - Specialist Periodontist
    •  Practical Oral Pathology: “Common” Soft Tissue Lesions in General Dental Practice
  • Shay Shehata and Claire Damin - General Manager and Oral Health Therapist of Dental for Schools 
    • Mobile Dentistry in Schools: Addressing Oral Health Concerns and Cultivating Long-Term Wellness Through Preventative Treatment & Education
  • Professor Sue Gordon  - Research Director ARIIA
    • Oral health and the slide into frailty: Opportunities for prevention
  • Dr Harry Perkins - Dentist and Co-ordinator of the dental outreach program Common Ground 
    •  Breaking Barriers: Nurturing Health Equality at Common Ground 
  • Lyn Carmen and Jessica Bottrall - Business owners of Lync Dental and The Smile Style
    • Biting into Independence: Empowering Hygienists and OHTs to Forge Their Own Paths…or Not



Practical Oral Pathology: “Common” Soft Tissue Lesions in General Dental Practice


This lecture combines basic theory and case presentations covering a range of relatively frequently encountered oral mucosal anomalies. It is designed to furnish the attendee with practical information on the identification and management of such lesions.

Learning objectives:

  • Recognising and managing some of the more commonly encountered oral mucosal anomalies.
  • Knowing when and what kinds of further investigative actions might be required.


Mobile Dentistry in Schools: Addressing Oral Health Concerns and Cultivating Long-Term Wellness Through Preventative Treatment & Education

This presentation will explore the realm of mobile dentistry, uncovering how the strategic utilisation of data can enhance oral health education and elevate clinical outcomes for school-aged children. Using data to explore the power of preventative dentistry in school-aged children and the benefits of a regular mobile dental program.   

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Explore data-driven insights and understand the significance of preventative dentistry in promoting oral health among school-aged children.
  2. Recognise the advantages of a regular mobile dental service in addressing existing oral health concerns within the school setting.
  3. Gain insights into leveraging business data to advocate for the expansion and impact of mobile dentistry services in educational institutions.


Oral health and the slide into frailty: Opportunities for prevention

This presentation explores the association between oral health and the development of pre-frailty and frailty. It presents the opportunities to improve the trajectory of functional decline and frailty from the age of 40 related to oral health. It also considers the new Aged Care Quality Standard in nutrition and the recognition of oral health as a key component in nutrition and shares some to the projects funded by Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation Australia (ARIIA) that support improved oral health and nutrition for older Australians.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the contribution of oral health to pre-frailty, frailty and functional decline
  2. Updated information about funded ARIIA projects that support better oral health and nutrition outcomes for older Australians


Breaking Barriers: Nurturing Health Equality at Common Ground  

An overview of community outreach, social responsibility, and the transformative impact of dental care for marginalized populations, focusing on the Common Ground Dental Clinic. Dr. Harry Perkins, Coordinator of the Community Outreach Dental Program of the University of Adelaide, presents the story of the Common Ground Dental Clinic. Focused on community outreach and health equity, the presentation explores the clinic's evolution, role in reducing disparities, sustainability challenges, impactful stories, and key insights from recent policy recommendations.

Learning objectives:

  1. Clinic Evolution & Impact:Trace the clinic's journey, highlighting milestones, partnerships, and community impact.
  2. Equitable Dental Access:Explore the clinic's role in reducing health disparities and promoting equal dental access for social equity.
  3. Sustainability Challenges:Investigate financial and logistical challenges faced in sustaining a pro-bono dental clinic.
  4. Impactful Stories:Share success stories, emphasizing achievements and the clinic's positive influence on individuals and the community.
  5. Policy Insights:Discuss key recommendations from the recent SELECT COMMITTEE report on dental services in Australia.


Biting into Independence: Empowering Hygienists and OHTs to Forge Their Own Paths…or Not

Join us as we explore the transformative journey of two dental hygienists navigating autonomy in business ownership. Share in the conversation between a mature recent graduate and a very experienced (old) practitioner. Explore unique opportunities and challenges faced by OHPs in solo practice. Gain practical insights to inform your path in independent practice and business ownership.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Grasp the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from employed OHP to independent practice owner.
  2. The role of purpose, clarity and values of being an independent practitioner, when considering stepping out of traditional practice… or not.
  3. Examine the evolving landscape and role of continuing professional development in sustaining a successful practice.Q & A - 30 mins.




Dr Ying Guo 

BDS (Adel), BScDent (Hons), DCD (Oral Path), DCD (Perio)

Ying completed his general dental training at The University of Adelaide in 2007 withFirst-Class Honours in dental research. Over the next 15 years, Ying dedicated himselfdiligently to a variety of professional and educational experiences including privatepractice in rural and metropolitan regions, as well as formal postgraduate training at hisalma mater in restorative dentistry, oral pathology and periodontics, eventually attainingdual specialist registrations in Oral Pathology and Periodontics. He also served as aSenior Lecturer in Oral Pathology at Adelaide Dental School from 2016 to 2019. Apartfrom periodontal diseases and implant dentistry, Ying maintains a clinical interest in thediagnosis and management of various oral mucosal anomalies.


Shay Shehata

General Manager at Dental for Schools

Shay is a Data Insights Analyst with over 15 years of experience, predominantly within large corporate analytics teams. She has a proven track record of leveraging data in order to identify business opportunities that improve existing processes, customer experience and business outcomes.

Having transitioned into the dental industry two years ago, Shay is dedicated to highlighting the transformative power of effective data utilisation in healthcare.



Claire Damin

Lead Oral Health Therapist at Dental for Schools

As the Lead Oral Health Therapist at Dental for Schools, Claire is a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience, placing a particular emphasis on long-term prevention and education. 

Her passion lies in empowering school-aged children to take control of their oral health and utilising preventative treatments to drive positive clinical outcomes.




Professor Sue Gordon

Professor Sue Gordon is the Research Director of Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation Australia – ARIIA - a Commonwealth Government initiative to increase the capability of the aged care workforce to embed best evidence in everyday practice, and adopt technology to improve service delivery and the care of older Australians.

Previously Sue worked as a physiotherapist in regional and remote South Australia. In her academic career she has worked closely with aged care providers and workforce, government, business and industry. She has investigated healthy ageing and functional decline to better understand opportunities to mitigate pre-frailty and frailty. Her research in aged care workforce development has included investigating better dining experiences, the effectiveness of simulation and coaching interventions to decrease aggressive incidents and improve person centred care, and use of technology to assist elder Australians and the delivery of their care. Sue has led funded research projects worth more than $50million and has contributed to over 150 research publications.

Dr Harry Perkins

Dr. Harry Perkins graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 2015 has since worked as a general dentist in both rural and metropolitan practices. In 2017, Harry joined TAFESA's Advanced Diploma of Oral Hygiene program as a lecturer in cariology and epidemiology.

With a strong interest in forensic science, he completed an Honours degree in Dental Science and earned a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology in 2019. Currently, Harry works at the Forensic Odontology Unit of South Australia, providing valuable assistance to the Coroner of South Australia and SAPOL. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. project focused on the application of 3-D images in dental identification casework, aiming to improve the accuracy and efficiency of dental identification methods.

Within the field of dental associations and forensic science organizations, Dr. Perkins serves as the Chairman of the South Australian Dental Association's Practice Support Committee for 2023/4 and holds a position on the Forensic Odontology Technical Advisory Group for ANZPAA NIFS (Australian and New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency National Institute of Forensic Science). Additionally, Dr. Perkins is an active committee member of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) and served as the South Australian president in 2023.

In late 2022, Dr. Perkins assumed the role of Coordinator of the Community Outreach Dental Program at the University of Adelaide. In this capacity, he oversees the operations of the Light Square Common Ground Dental Clinic, where essential dental services are provided to marginalized community members, free of charge, through the coordination of generous donations and volunteered time.     


Lyn Carman

With over 36 years of experience in the oral health field, Lyn is a passionate advocate for improved outcomes and workplace happiness. From starting as a Dental Assistant to becoming a pioneer Dental Hygienist, she's witnessed the evolution of the profession firsthand. Transitioning from employee to employer, in 2008 Lyn purchased the first of her own dental practices, driven by her vision of integrating oral and general health.  Now, as the founder of Lync Dental Jobs Board and Careers Hub, Lyn is dedicated to empowering others to achieve their best. Through Lync Dental she connects dental workforce across Australia, fostering collaboration and growth in the industry.

Jessica Bottrall

Born and raised in regional SA, Jess transitioned from a career in dental practice coordination to pursue her passion for oral health. Graduating from TafeSA with an Advanced Diploma of Oral Health in 2022, she embarked on a fulfilling journey as a dental hygienist. In 2023, "The Smile Style - Dental Whitening" was established. As a devoted mother of two boys, she finds solace in exploring her interests in cooking, reading, and travelling while remaining committed to advocating for oral health education and continuous professional development. 




Registration Prices - Early Bird ending 8th of February


 Early Bird 

Regular Pricing 
 DHAA members - $200  $250
 DHAA Student members -    $135
 ADOHTA members -   $312.50
 Non members -   $375
23/03/2024 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time
17 Adelaide Road Mount Barker 5251
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