Image of Cairns Convention Centre entramce for DHAA Symposium 2018

The DHAA Symposium 2018 kicked-off today (Thursday 18 October, 2018), welcoming over 400 dental hygienists, oral health therapists and other dental professionals to warm and sunny Cairns!

Those that weren’t snorkelling or swimming spent the morning in optional workshops, learning valuable skills in maintaining clinical excellence, the mouth and body connection, ergonomics and pilates. In the meantime our valued industry partners were busy setting up their exhibition booths, ready for the onslaught later in the day.

Audience participation in the main hall

The grand opening
The Symposium was officially opened in the early afternoon with a 'Welcome To Country' and address by the Symposium Chair Leonie Brown. International keynote speaker Ann Spolarich launched the main program; an inspiring educator with some 37 years of clinical experience, she provided practical tips on how to help our geriatric special needs patients. Tabitha Acret was then on stage reminding delegates on the importance of oral hygiene instruction – and that it should be considered negligent to provide treatment without educating patients on how to prevent disease. Occupational therapist Kerry Stingel got us all moving around to better understand our bodies to help us reduce work-related injuries.

During the break delegates were busy in the trade exhibition – learning about all the latest tools and technologies, and enjoying the gelato stand and coffee cart.

Following the break the 2018 Oral Health Awards were presented to recipients for Excellence in Education, Community Service, Clinical Excellence, Leadership and Service to the Association. More details on these inspiring members will be published in the upcoming DHAA Bulletin.

The final session explored the good, the bad and the ugly of owning your own practice, with Mary Mowbray sharing her personal experiences.

This evening we are concluding the events of day one by enjoying welcome drinks with friends old and new, and looking forward to day two!


The smiling faces on the Swiss Dental Academy stand The cuddly Hu-Friedy mascot at the coffee cart Modern art of the new brush head from Oral B