VIC - DHAA Annual Kooyong Christmas Lunch half day event

The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia Victorian Committee would like to extend an invitation to all to join them for their annual Kooyong Tennis Club Christmas Lunch.

Join us for a half day of learning about oral-systemic connections with four highly esteemed presenters. Celebrate the festive season with colleagues over lunch and a glass (or two) of bubbles!

Featured Speakers:

  • Sarah Beach
    • Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy: Enhancing Dental Hygiene/OHT Practice

    • Sleep Problems: Identifying and Managing them as Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists
  • Dr Sophie Beaumont & Shae Beaton
    • Head and Neck Cancer and the role of OHTs/dental hygienists
  • Dr Tami Yip
    • Oral Skin Matters - Navigating Oral Mucosal Disease in General Oral Health Practice

CPD Hours: 4 scientific hours

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Lecture Synopsis:

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy: Enhancing Dental Hygiene/OHT Practice - Sarah Beach

This lecture aims to provide an overview of the core concepts of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) and its applications in clinical dental practice. OMT is a unique form of therapy that focuses on the muscles and functions of the face, mouth, and throat. By understanding the fundamental principles of OMT, dental hygienists and oral health therapists can work towards increasing their knowledge base, and start to incorporate some techniques into their practice to improve patient outcomes and promote overall oral health.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Understand the core concepts and principles of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
  2. Identify the applications of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in clinical dental hygiene/OHT practice.
  3. Recognise the benefits of using Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy in your dental practice.

Participants will learn about the wide range of benefits associated with OMT, including improved dental and facial aesthetics, enhanced orthodontic outcomes, proper oral function and stability, prevention and treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders and tension headaches, and in management of sleep-disordered breathing and snoring. With further learning in this discipline, participants will be able to communicate these benefits to patients and witness the impact of OMT on patient outcomes.

Sleep Problems: Identifying and Managing them as Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists - Sarah Beach

This lecture aims to highlight the crucial role of dental hygienists and oral health therapists in the detection and management of sleep problems in patients. Poor sleep quality and sleep-related disorders have significant impacts on oral health and overall well-being. By understanding the signs, symptoms, and pathways for patient management, dental hygienists and oral health therapists can contribute to improved sleep health outcomes for their patients.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the relationship between sleep problems and overall health
  • Recognise the role of dental hygienists and oral health therapists in detecting sleep problems during a dental examination
  • Familiarise with screening tools and questionnaires for sleep disorder detection
  • Gain knowledge about patient education, counselling, and pathways for patient management

By the end of the presentation, participants will have a basic understanding of the role of dental hygienists and oral health therapists in detecting sleep problems and pathways for patient management. They will be equipped with some necessary knowledge to identify sleep disorders, collaborate with healthcare professionals, educate patients, and contribute to the improvement of sleep health outcomes in their practice.

Head and Neck Cancer and the role of OHTs/dental hygienists - Dr Sophie Beaumont & Shae Beaton

Dr Sophie Beaumont will discuss Head and Neck Cancer within the Australian context, including information regarding screening, diagnosis and treatment of Head and Neck Cancers.

Shae Beaton will discuss the acute and chronic oral side effects of treatment, and the role of OHTs/Dental Hygienists in management of these side effects.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the risk factors for oral cancer
  • Identify when and where to refer patients with suspicious oral lesions
  • Understand the acute and chronic oral side effects of radiotherapy to the head and neck region
  • Understand the role of OHT/DH in management of oral side effects

Oral Skin Matters - Navigating Oral Mucosal Disease in General Oral Health Practice - Dr Tami Yip

This talk delves into the intricate world of oral mucosal diseases within the landscape of general oral health practice. We will explore identifying common and subtle manifestations to the active roles in management the oral team plays in caring for patient with oral skin disease. By re-exploring diagnostic approaches, treatment modalities, and interdisciplinary collaborations, this presentation will assist navigation of the complexities associated with oral mucosal disease management in general practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify prevalent oral mucosal diseases including those of immune related, idiopathic and neoplastic aetiology.
  • Recall and learn current diagnostic method workflows.
  • Understand diverse management strategies of oral mucosal disease.
  • Enhance skills in collaborating with other healthcare professionals in the care team for patient with oral mucosal disease.

Speaker Biographies:

Sarah Beach

Cert SDT (Qld), OHT (UQ), BHSc Public Health (QUT), BA Media Communications (UniSA), OMT (USA).

Sarah is a Brisbane based registered Dental Therapist, Dental Hygienist and Oral Health Therapist, who has worked clinically for more than 25 years in dental practices across Australia, Switzerland and Singapore. She has also practiced as an Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist since 2014.

Over her career, Sarah has dedicated hundreds of hours towards a diverse range CPD to be able to successfully manage and treat complex and chronic craniofacial pain conditions alongside medical and dental specialist colleagues.

Her areas of special interest include:
*Sleep Medicine/Dentistry
*Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
*Pain Science
*Breathing Retraining
*Trauma Counselling?
*Manual Therapy
*Craniofacial growth and development

Sarah works as an adult scope OHT in two general dentistry practices, as well as being a partner at the Centre for Neurology, Sleep and Dental Health (Bowen Hills), where she delivers a unique program to help rehabilitate complex and chronic TMD, and tension headache patients.? She is the co-founder of Sleepwell AU/NZ, and a Clinical Educator for the NOA Mandibular Advancement Device by OrthoApnea (Spain). Sarah also co-founded an online 8hr CPD course educating healthcare professionals in TMD and Orofacial Pain management.

Sarah is passionate in delivering high quality healthcare based on active listening, a strong therapeutic alliance and always looks to solve the 'root cause' of any issue presented to her. She wants other dental practitioners to start thinking more 'outside the box' in their daily practice.

Dr Sophie Beaumont

BDS, B.Sci. Dent (Hons), MPH, MCncrSc

Sophie is a dental practitioner with more than 25 years’ experience working in both the private and public dental sectors. Having completed a Master of Public Health in 2004, Sophie’s passion for public dental care grew exponentially. She has worked in Community Dental Clinics and the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne in several departments and most recently in the Oral Medicine specialist clinic. Sophie has a particular interest in orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders.

In 2018, Sophie was appointed head of Dental Oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and completed a Masters of Cancer Sciences in 2021. Sophie is passionate about achieving equity in oral healthcare especially for patients undergoing cancer treatment. Sophie is privileged to be working with like-minded, devoted people who make going to work each day so enjoyable. In her free time, Sophie enjoys time with her family and friends, getting away for the weekends, travel, and enjoying a good South Australian Shiraz!

Shae Beaton

Oral Health Therapist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Shae graduated from the Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Melbourne in 2015. During her final year of study, she completed an elective study unit on radiation-induced side effects in patients with head and neck cancer. This unit included a placement at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where Shae’s passion for managing patients with special needs arose. Since graduating, Shae has worked within the dental oncology unit as an oral health therapist, as well as in the private sector. Shae has recently completed a Master of Public Health through Deakin University, and currently works at PeterMac as both an oral health therapist and a project officer. Shae’s role within the dental oncology unit is heavily focused on the prevention and management of treatment-induced side effects in the oral cavity. Since graduating, Shae has spoken at various conferences, including at the Australian Dental Congress in Adelaide in 2019.

Dr Tami Yip

Senior Lecturer in Oral Medicine and Pathology, Melbourne Dental School

Tami completed a Bachelor of Dental Science with Honours at Melbourne University in 2006. In 2013 she became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and returned to postgraduate training in the specialty of Oral Medicine and completed a PhD in molecular diagnostics in oral cancer in 2019. Tami is senior lecturer at the Melbourne Dental School and enjoys teaching and research. She has clinical and teaching appointments at the Royal Dental Hospital, the Skin Health Institute and is part of the multidisciplinary Dermatology team at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

How to get there:

Driving: Kooyong Lawn Tennis club asks that we do not park in their carpark. Please if driving park in the Vision Australia carpark directly opposite.

Public Transport: If coming by public transport the Kooyong train station is on the Glen Waverley Line and is a short 5 minute walk from the venue. Alternatively Tram 16 stops directly in front of Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club also.

Registration Prices

  Early Bird
(Closes October 2nd)
Regular Pricing
 DHAA members - $160
 DHAA Student members -  $75 $100
 ADOHTA members -  $205 $225 
 Non members -  $250 $270
2/12/2023 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time
489 Glenferrie Road Kooyong, VIC 3144

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