• Dentistry in the ADF

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    The Australian Defence Force is an exciting alternative for dentists seeking something more than private practice. But dentistry in the ADF is not for the faint hearted. By Shane Conroy Think running a busy dental practice is challenging? Try doing […]

  • Winemaking

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    It’s been a long and winding road but Dr Harry Marget of East Bentleigh Dental Group in Victoria is about to enjoy pinot noir from his own vineyard. Interview: Frank Leggett “When I was an undergraduate student at Adelaide University doing dentistry, […]

  • Controlling obstructive sleep apnoea

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    While there’s an array of treatments on the market to control obstructive sleep apnoea, a dentist has produced a pioneering device that’s become a real game changer. By James Gallaway Understanding the mechanisms of sleep apnoea for dentists—its relationship to breathing and sleep […]

  • Social media marketing: control your content

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    Social media marketing for dentists appears to be free, fun and friendly. But you need to understand how the ‘marketing’ bit of social media works. Rob Johnson covers four key questions Facebook is always tweaking and updating their algorithm to work out […]

  • Creating a positive work environment

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    Creating a positive work environment pays big time, ensuring it’s where your staff—and your patients—want to be. By Louise Baxter “You’re only as good a leader as your team says you are,” says Anita Roubicek, director and co-CEO of dental […]

Dental News

Indigenous oral health

Indigenous oral health study grant recipients announced

The Australian Dental Health Foundation (ADHF) and Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) have awarded five study grants to support undergraduate Indigenous oral health therapy and dental hygienist students in their studies for 2018. This year, each of the successful […]

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ADIA new exporter’s grant launched

Local dental product manufacturers will find it easier to find new overseas distributors thanks to a grant program established by the Australian Dental Industry Association. The ADIA New Exporter’s Grant provides financial support to emerging local dental product manufacturers to attend the worlds’ […]

Be part of the solution

In August 2019, Bridge2Aid Australia—whose mission is to deliver intensive practical emergency dental and oral health training to rural health workers in Tanzania—is running a program that will be completely staffed by Australian volunteers, and fully funded by the Australian community. […]

Your Business

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Sports sponsorship: how to score

Sponsoring a local sporting team can deliver new business to your practice, but your objective should be community involvement before profit. By Shane Conroy When Dr Franck Page is not overseeing the operation of his network of thriving dental practices […]

Work less: selling your business & other options

Running a business can take its toll and is why some practice owners start to rethink their commitment. So, what options do they have—sell up, scale down or maybe combine the two? Chris Sheedy reports From a professional point of […]

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Dental ergonomics: what you need to know

Dentists are at high risk for musculoskeletal disorders due to the nature of their work. The good news is that is by following some simple design rules, such problems can be avoided. Sue Nelson discusses dental ergonomics Well-planned ergonomics are […]

Dr Fern White: practice your passion

Female dentists face a huge amount of stress in the workplace. Dr Fern White, founder of Practice Your Passion, believes the best investment they can make is in themselves. By Frank Leggett From the moment she graduated at the age of […]

Your World

sexual harassment in dentistry

Sexual harassment in dentistry

No industry is immune to sexual harassment, including dentistry. But just how prevalent a problem is sexual harassment in dentistry and what can—and should—you do if you suspect you’re being targeted in this fashion? Kerry Faulkner reports Allegations of sexual harassment have […]

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Indigenous dental health and the Poche Centre

Seeking to drive change in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health is helping to close the gap in Indigenous dental health disparities, writes Tracey Porter. It’s not often a service organisation will willingly […]

Dr Sarah Raphael

Dr Sarah Raphael—the career crusader

Following three decades at the top of her profession, there’s little that Dr Sarah Raphael has left to prove. Yet when it comes to the race to eliminate sugar from children’s lunch boxes, the veteran practitioner feels she’s barely out of the starting […]

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Volunteer tourism

It is one of the most rewarding experiences for many dentists but is volunteer tourism doing more harm than good? Kerry Faulkner reports Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of […]

Design + Fitout

Erko edge

The Sydney suburb of Erskineville prides itself on being design-savvy with an industrial edge—and Erko Dental fits right in, discovers Kerryn Ramsey. The inner-city Sydney suburb of Erskineville is often referred to as a village due to its community feel, […]

Welcome to the comfort zone

A clear design vision and an effective business model has seen Dr Patrick Dang and Lisa Le grow Pyrmont Dental Health into a three-practice concern in just eight years. Kerryn Ramsey reports One of the biggest frustrations that dentists face is […]

Small pleasures

When a Perth dentist decided to create a boutique practice, the first person he turned to for help was his designer brother. Kerryn Ramsey discovers the brotherly bond. ‘‘I have a lot of respect for people who want to own […]

Riding the green wave

Two suburban dentists found that a green practice takes real commitment but the rewards and satisfaction more than make up for it. By Kerryn Ramsey In front of the Churchill Eco Dental Care practice in Sydney’s northwest, a set of three […]


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Tools of the trade: Salli Sway Saddle Seat

by Dr Jeremy Cheung, Dundas Dental, NSW I had been using another saddle chair for over 10 years in order to maintain good posture. While happy with the great effect it had on my back, sitting on it often left […]

buying and selling your dental practice

Buying and selling your dental practice

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Synstrat. Buying and selling your practice are two of the most stressful moments of a dentist’s career. Generally, you only undertake each of these transactions once and, whereas you feel in […]

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Key considerations when starting a practice

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Williams Davis. Are you thinking about starting a private dental practice, either from scratch or taking over an existing one? If so, here’s a basic checklist of what you need to […]



Breeding papillons

As a breeder for the show ring, the look of a papillon is very important to Dr Jayne McEwan of Colac Dental Practice in Victoria—but it’s their personality that won her heart. Interview: Frank Leggett “I was 10 years old when […]


One with her unicycle

When taking her unicycle out for a spin, Dr Genevieve Nawrot of Rutherford Dental in New South Wales thinks nothing of pedalling 80 or 90 kilometres. By Frank Leggett “Each year, a Sydney to Wollongong bike ride raises money to […]


Superheroes among us

Mild-mannered dentist by day, Dr Cheryl Koh of The Family Smile in Fulham Gardens, SA, transforms into all manner of superheroes when a Comic-Con is in town. By Frank Leggett “In 2012, when my twin boys were five, we joined […]

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Silver lining—a passion for jewellery making

A passion for design and creativity sees Dr Jana Nikolovski of Ambience Dental in Fairy Meadow, NSW, running a successful jewellery making business—100 of One Jewellery. By Frank Leggett “I had been working as a dentist for about five years […]

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