While your at symposium why not attend a workshop or two?

Most workshops will be held on the Thursday before symposium starts, with the exception of the LA Refresher workshop that will be held on the Wednesday. All will be charged separately and carry additional CPD hours.

Please choose from the options below and add it to your registration request.

If you have already registered for symposium and would like to add a workshop or gala dinner ticket please email [email protected] directly.

Oral Local Anaesthesia Refresher Workshop
Sponsored by James Cook University

Date: Wednesday 17 October, 2018

Time: 4:00-6:00pm

Venue: Dental Simulation Lab, James Cook University Cairns Campus

Ticket: $40 – limited spaces available, ticket is inclusive of return bus transfer from Cairns Convention Centre

CPD hours: 2

Local Anaesthesia is a safe and reliable method of reducing pain for our patients.

New technology is available to try and reduce pain experienced whilst injecting, however, it is still a daunting and anxiety provoking part of the dental experience.

Dr Mellish will not only review the practical techniques in LA, but shall provide tips on how to ease the experience for the patient.

The workshop will take place in James Cook University’s state-of-the-art Dental Simulation Lab, where you will practice Inferior Alveolar Nerve Blocks on phantom heads.

Leaving this workshop, you will feel confident in your LA technique with added mindfulness on providing a comfortable experience for your patients.

Please Note: This workshop is sold out but if you would like to be added to the waiting list then please email here.

The Mouth and Body Connection & Whitening Technique and Process
Sponsored by Philips

Date: Thursday 18 October, 2018

9:00am–11:00pm: The Mouth and Body Connection
11:00am–12:00pm: Whitening Technique and Process

Venue: Cairns Convention Centre

Ticket: Complimentary – registration required as there are limited spaces

CPD hours: 3

The importance of oral hygiene is gaining increased attention as we learn more about the connections between oral and overall health.

Philips is hosting a scientifically-rich workshop, with a lecture on the on the numerous studies which have demonstrated a link between systemic diseases and poor oral health.

Learn more about the latest research and evidence in the field of oral health, and how to adapt that knowledge into improving patient outcomes.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to demonstrate the Philips Sonicare technology within the workshop.

Ergonomics and wellness in the clinic

Date: Thursday 18 October, 2018

Time: 9:00am–12:00pm

Venue: Cairns Convention Centre

Ticket: $225

CPD hours: 3


You are your most precious instrument, look after yourself as you look after your patients.

Worldwide research shows an alarming incidence of occupational chronic pain in the dental hygiene profession. Many hygienists have become accustomed to pain and discomfort, believing it is the price paid for being in the profession.

You did not receive training in how to gain access to your patients’ mouths without compromising your body.

Participating in this workshop you will:

  • Recognise harmful, habitual work postures and learn how to change them
  • Understand biomechanical design principles and learn how to apply them in the clinic and daily life
  • Learn ergonomic tips and self-care techniques

Pilates Class with Sarah Jane Pilates

Date: Thursday 18 October, 2018

Time: 9:00am–10:30pm

Venue: Cairns Convention Centre

Ticket: $55

CPD hours: 1.5

Enjoy an interactive Pilates session run by local instructor – Sarah Jane Pilates. The session is designed to help you use Pilates to improve and add value to your fitness and health. Pilates can deliver improved body awareness, muscle tone, range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture and muscle strength. Your inspirational instructor will ensure you have fun while providing you with technical guidance, tips on strengthening muscles that are used at work and the motivation to complete every exercise that you do. Mats will be provided, however delegates are asked to bring a water bottle, towel and wear active clothing.

Delivering clinical excellence in an ever-changing world Sponsored by Maven Dental

Date: Thursday 18 October, 2018

Time: 9:00am–11:-0pm

Venue: Cairns Convention Centre

Ticket: Complimentary

CPD hours: 2


Dr Fred Calavassy will ask the question: “Is delivery of clinical excellence becoming elusive?”

In our ever changing world there are pressures on our delivery of clinical excellence from third-party insurers, the move toward commoditisation of care, unqualified experts on social media, the increasing cost of equipment and facilities, and the value which patients place on their dental health.

During this presentation, Dr Calavassy will provide you a clear path to excellence and provide tools to allow you to deliver clinical excellence to your patients. A motivational journey of small incremental changes yielding definitive outcomes on the journey to clinical excellence.