DHAA Symposium 2018: All the fun of the final day

Posing for the camera at the DHAA Symposium 2018 Gala Dinner

Moving into the final day of the 2018 DHAA Symposium, there was an impressive turn out – seemed despite dancing into the early hours at the Gala Dinner, no one wanted to miss the final presentation from the brilliant keynote Ann Spolarich. Delegates raved about her expertise and engaging sessions, and can’t wait to hear more from her in Brisbane next year at ISDH.

The day continued with valuable sessions on patient stress management and TMD, and domestic violence. Delegates were impressed by Professor Camile Farah and his update on oral cancer and precancerous pathology, and part one of his presentation left them wanting more!


During the lunch break new graduates were invited to attend an informal lunch and learn session with the DHAA CEO Mel Hayes, Vice-President Tabitha Acret, and JCU Senior Lecturer Dr Felicity Croker. The panel shared their insights on “What I wished I knew as a new graduate”, interview hints and tips, and career diversity in oral health. The new graduates asked lots of interesting questions. In the exhibition hall it was great to see many posters sharing research, patient cases and community projects. Congratulations to Steven Chu and Ron Knevel on their Best Poster Awards.

During the final break, delegates took one last opportunity to engage with industry and collect information and samples. We are so grateful for the support of our industry, and the phenomenal effort they have gone to connect with our delegates. Jeremy Porter from Erskine Dental commented that the DHAA Symposium is his “favourite event of the year” and complemented our delegates on their engagement and interest in providing the best possible care for their patients.

Implants are becoming increasingly commonplace in our patients, and it is essential we keep updated on the latest evidence on implant maintenance. Professor Neil Meredith reminded us that a bit like a puppy dog, an implant is a commitment for the patient! Many delegates were scribbling notes on best practice for recording an implant’s history, and the radiographic and clinical review.

2019 Symposium Chair Roisin McGrath closed the day with the official launch of the International Symposium on Dental Hygiene being held in Brisbane from 15-17 August next year. This event will be held in lieu of our usual symposium, and will be even bigger and better with five concurrent scientific streams and an expected 1,500 delegates from around the world. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend this amazing event!

Big thanks to everyone who came to visit us at the DHAA Booth and tell us why they love the Symposium. Big congratulations to Meredith Cox who was the lucky winner of a free registration to ISDH 2019.

The DHAA would like to thank all of our volunteers, speakers, delegates, industry partners and conference organisers for contributing to another amazing event. We look forward to seeing you all in Brisbane next year.