DHAA Symposium 2018: A day of presentations, products and partying

DHAA Symposium 2018 Day Two sees the crowds descend on the Trade Show

After the previous evening's welcome drinks, it was wonderful to see our delegates back nice and early and ready for day two of DHAA Symposium 2018.

The program opened with Ann Spolarich, exploring the complexities of increasing patient engagement. We all know how difficult it is to motivate our patients to change their oral health behaviours, and Ann provides some valuable considerations around food safety and the sensitivities of motivational interviewing.


Ann Spolarich presenting to the DHAA Symposium 2018 in Cairns

Throughout the day our principal sponsors were acknowledged and shared with delegates why their relationship with the DHAA is so important.

The DHAA was thrilled to extend honorary membership to some of our biggest supporters, including Dr Susan Cartwright (Colgate), Dr Liz Milford (Oral-B), Nathan Giess (EMS) and Dr Craig Erskine-Smith (Erskine Dental).

The day was filled with engaging and informative presentations. Each session provided key take-home messages that can help delegates improve their clinical practice come Monday morning, whether it be identifying the signs of pericementitis, or accessing resources for researching drugs, dietary supplements and their interactions.

As always, we were extremely grateful for Katrina Murphy and her industrial relations expertise, with a highly interactive and thought-provoking session on understanding your workplace conditions and entitlements.

Paralympian Grant Patterson inspired delegates by sharing his personal story and not letting other define what you can achieve.

The trade exhibition was thriving during break times, with our industry partners busy chatting with delegates keen to learn all about new products on the market. Exhibitors were generous with competitions and samples for the delegates to use in practice. The ISDH 2019 booth was a big hit at afternoon tea with cocktails on offer!

There was a general sense of anticipation for the Gala Dinner, with a “Tropical Elegance” theme. As always this promised to be the highlight of the social program, and we were all looking forward to dancing the night away!

Delegates attending the DHAA Symposium 2018 in Cairns Mary Mowbray presenting at the DHAA Symposium 2018 In depth demonstrations of the Guided Biofilm Therapy at DHAA Symposium 2018 Happy smiles on the Colgate stand