Welcome to the DHAA Symposium 2018
The annual event for Dental Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists
The DHAA Symposium 2018 –‘Talking teeth by the reef’ – will be held at the award-winning Cairns Convention Centre from the 18-20 October, 2018.
The now annual event is a unique opportunity for dental hygiene professionals to network, catch up with old friends, and establish new contacts.
Come and be inspired by presentations from well-respected, national and international speakers, discover the latest innovations at the two-day trade exhibition, and catch up the the latest research projects in an array of poster presentations, before partying at the infamous Gala Dinner.
Mark the date in your calendar and make time to immerse yourself in two and-a-half days of fun and dental hygiene, worth 16 CPD hours, while surrounded by the oldest rainforest on earth!
Look who's speaking
Some of the industry's best international and domestic experts
Senior Lecturer in Dentistry
Special Needs Hygienist
Industrial Relations Expert
Professor of Oral Oncology
The preliminary symposium timetable below is subject to change.
Attendance at the DHAA Symposium 2018 attracts one CPD point per hour.
The number of CPD points available per day are as follows:
Wednesday 17 October = 2 points
Thursday 18 October = 6.5 points
Friday 19 October = 6.5 points
Saturday 20 October = 6 points
Total: 21 points
Please note that workshop CPD points are extra and vary per workshop.
The program is current as of 28 July, 2018 and is subject to change,
|1||WORKSHOP: Oral Local Anaesthesia Refresher Workshop (2 hours). Sponsored by James Cook University.||Dr Victoria Mellish||04:00pm||Dental Simulation Lab, James Cook University Cairns Campus|
|2||WORKSHOP: Ergonomics and wellness in the clinic (3hrs)||Dr Anikó Ball||09:00am||Cairns Convention Centre|
|3||WORKSHOP: The Mouth and Body Connection – Sponsored by Phillips. (3hrs)||Lyn Carman||09:00am||Cairns Convention Centre|
|4||WORKSHOP: Pilates Class by Sarah Jane Pilates. (3hrs)||Sarah van Kuijk||09:00am||Cairns Convention Centre|
|5||LUNCH BREAK: Your time to explore Cairns' local food offerings.||12:00pm|
|6||WELCOME TO COUNTRY AND OFFICIAL OPENING||01:00pm||Halls A&B|
|7||CARING FOR PATIENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: Practice tips and management considerations (45mins). Sponsored by Colgate.||Prof. Ann Eshenaur Spolarich||01:15pm||Halls A&B|
|8||GUIDED BIOFILM THERAPY. The new gold standard of preventative care treatment. (30mins). Sponsored by EMS.||Tabitha Acret||02:15pm||Halls A&B|
|9||LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF. Ergonomics and self-management tips (45mins)||Kerry Stingel||03:00pm||Halls A&B|
|10||SHORT REFRESHMENT BREAK: Time to visit the trade exhibition.||03:45pm||Halls C&D|
|11||AWARDS & ANNOUNCEMENTS||04:15pm||Halls A&B|
|12||OWNING YOUR OWN PRACTICE. Sponsored by Oral B.||Mary Mowbray||04:40pm||Halls A&B|
|13||Welcome Reception||05:30pm||Halls C&D and Outdoor Plaza|
|2||INCREASING PATIENT ENGAGEMENT: Efficacy of oral health educational interventions to change behaviour (1 hour 30 mins). Sponsored by Colgate.||Prof. Ann Eshenaur Spolarich||08:30am||Halls A&B|
|3||MORNING TEA: Time to visit the trade exhibition.||10:00am||Halls C&D|
|4||PERICEMENTITIS (1 hour). Sponsored by Oral B.||Mary Mowbray||10:30am||Halls A&B|
|5||PANEL DISCUSSION: On provider numbers (1 hour)||11:30am||Halls A&B|
|6||LUNCH BREAK: Time to explore the trade exhibition.||12:30pm||Halls C&D|
|7||AGED CARE LUNCH – Optional (30mins)||Margie Steffens||12:30pm||Halls A&B|
|8||INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS (1 hour 15 mins).||Katrina Murphy||01:30pm||Halls A&B|
|9||MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER: Grant Patterson (30mins)||Grant Patterson||02:45pm||Halls A&B|
|10||AFTERNOON TEA: Time to explore the trade exhibition.||03:15pm||Halls C&D|
|11||UPDATE ON DENTAL PAIN MANAGEMENT now that codeine is prescription only and an update on anticoagulants (1 hour 15 mins). Sponsored by Erskine.||Assoc. Prof. Geraldine Moses||03:45pm||Halls A&B|
|12||TROPICAL ELEGANCE GALA DINNER||07:00pm||Cairns Cruise Terminal|
|2||CARING FOR MEDICALLY COMPLEX PATIENTS. (1 hour).||Prof. Ann Eshenaur Spolarich||09:00am||Halls A&B|
|3||PATIENT STRESS MANAGEMENT AND TMD – Part One (30 mins). Sponsored by Oral B.||Mary Mowbray||10:00am||Halls A&B|
|4||MORNING TEA: Time to visit the trade exhibition||10:30am||Halls C&D|
|5||PATIENT STRESS MANAGEMENT AND TMD – Part Two (30 mins). Sponsored by Oral B.||Mary Mowbray||11:00am||Halls A&B|
|6||UPDATE ON ORAL CANCER and precancerous pathology (1 hour). Sponsored by Erskine.||Professor Camile Farah||11:30am||Halls A&B|
|7||LUNCH BREAK: Time to explore the trade exhibition.||12:30pm||Halls C&D|
|8||NEW GRAD LUNCH & LEARN – Optional (30 mins)||Dr Felicity Croker , Tabitha Acret||12:30pm||Halls A&B|
|9||DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. (1 hour)||Dr Felicity Croker||01:30pm||Halls A&B|
|10||UPDATE ON ORAL CANCER and precancerous pathology. (1 hour). Sponsored by Erskine.||Professor Camile Farah||02:30pm||Halls A&B|
|11||AFTERNOON TEA: Last chance to explore the trade exhibition.||03:30pm||Halls C&D|
|12||IMPLANTS AND PROSTHODONTICS (1 hour).||Neil Meredith||04:00pm||Halls A&B|
|13||OFFICIAL CLOSING||05:00pm||Halls A&B|
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Cairns is an outstanding location for our symposium – make the most of all it has to offer
Find out more about the location for DHAA Symposium 2018, the Convention Centre and loads of useful visitor information.
Where to stay
In addition to on site accommodation we’ve done some great deals with nearby hotels so you can stay for longer.
What to do
Bars, beaches and, of course the Great Barrier Reef. With so much to see and do you’re not going to want to go home!
We have a variety of options and some great deals to suit your pocket
- Afternoon Only
- Non-Member: $315
- Student: $140
- Friday or Saturday
- Non-Member: $425
- Student: $215
- After 17 July, 2018
- Non-Member: $1,210
- Student: $475
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