• Kitesurfing: where wind meets water

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    Drs Peter Heyworth and Gus Jones love nothing more than to travel to exotic locations and take kitesurfing to the next level. By Frank Leggett Dr Peter Heyworth, Manly Wharf Dental, NSW “It was Gus who suggested we leave our families and […]

  • Meet forensic odontologist Dr Tony Lake

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    Dr Tony Lake hesitated between studying law and dentistry before deciding on the latter because he liked using his hands. He soon found himself in an emerging field of dentistry that worked closely with the law, writes Petra Starke When […]

  • Growing human teeth

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    Progress has been made, but growing human teeth remains largely out of reach. By Andy Kollmorgen For most people, two sets of teeth just aren’t enough. After all, nearly every Australian has undergone some form of restorative dentistry such as a […]

  • We need to talk: effective communication

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    Some dental practice partnerships are ruined when small issues are left to fester into catastrophic problems. Taking the time to talk it out, however, can make the world of difference. By John Burfitt The topic of emotional intelligence—the strategy of […]

  • How women in dentistry are changing the profession

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    More women than ever are joining the profession—and changing it for the better, writes Stephanie Osfield When Leonie Clark was studying to become a dentist over 30 years ago, only a quarter of those enrolled in her course were women. […]

Dental News

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Parents warned of holiday spike in dental injuries

They are this summer’s must-have holiday essential, but oversized novelty pool floats are also one of the leading causes behind an expected spike in dental injuries over the Christmas break, a paediatric dental specialist has warned. Dr Michael Chong, of […]

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ADIA members to get geospatial market data

Australia’s dental product manufacturers and suppliers will soon have access to the latest geospatial tools to analyse the market for dental product thanks to a major investment in member services by the Australian Dental Industry Association. Using data drawn from a […]

Deborah Cole

Top honour for DHSV CEO

Dental Health Services Victoria’s CEO, Dr Deborah Cole, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Lynda Gratton CEO Award at the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) Awards. Dr Cole said it was a great honour to receive the Lynda Gratton Award. […]

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Public dental care project receives funding

The Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association Victorian Branch (ADOHTA VIC) has received $48,900 from Bellarine Community Health’s Health and Wellbeing Fund for an exciting project, Preventive Model of Public Dental Care, for the Bellarine Peninsula. The project will […]

Your Business

recycling oral care products

Recycling oral care products

Many people are keen on recycling oral care products. Helping patients and the broader community do just that is yet another way dentists can help minimise their environmental footprint. By Zoe Meunier While more and more dental practices are going green—from […]

how to handle customer complaints

How to handle customer complaints

Official complaints about dentists to APHRA are on the rise, but industry experts agree it’s how you respond, rather than react, that can make all the difference. By John Burfitt Meet the man who handles complaints against dentists. In his […]

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Dental healthcare: a false economy?

Dental healthcare is treated very differently to general healthcare by the Medicare system. Is it time for governments to put their money where their mouths are? Frank Leggett investigates If you look on the website of the Australian Government’s Private […]

Your World

Dr Sandra Meihubers

Dr Sandra Meihubers offers a world of help

Setting up community-based dental care projects in remote Australian communities and overseas has been a career-long calling for Dr Sandra Meihubers. By Kerryn Ramsey Dr Sandra Meihubers has worked in community-based dental programs since graduating in the ’70s, but she […]

Dental record at Melbourne’s museum of dentistry

Come on a guided tour of Australia’s oldest and most comprehensive museum of dentistry. By Cassy Polimeni The evolution of dentistry—from spells to drive away disease-causing spirits to a recognised profession at the cutting edge of technology—is characterised by colourful myths and […]

Dr Hooman Baghaie is here to help

In high-achieving refugee dentist Dr Hooman Baghaie, Iran’s loss is Australia’s gain. By Andrew McMillen When he was 12 years old, Dr Hooman Baghaie’s family left their comfortable, middle-class life in Iran behind. This decision by his parents was made […]

workplace bullying in the dental profession

Workplace bullying in the dental profession

For the safety and wellbeing of your staff, it’s important to identify harassment and bullying in the workplace early, writes James Gallaway Of all workplace safety issues, bullying and harassment create a special danger because they operate so destructively in […]

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 […]



Tools of the trade: WedgeGuard

by Dr Shawn Rama, The Dental Room, Balwyn North, VIC I’ve been using WedgeGuards for a couple of years now and they work extremely well at protecting the adjacent teeth during a number of different procedures. What’s good about it […]

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Leadership in Training and Education

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Dentsply Sirona. Empowering through Education Over the years, Dentsply Sirona has built the broadest clinical education platform in the industry, helping dental professionals get the knowledge, skills, inspiration and certification they […]



Surfboating is a shore thing for this dentist

The siren call of surfboating sees Dr David Farrington of Pymble Dental Practice in NSWat the beach and ready to compete every summer weekend. By Frank Leggett “While at dental school, I moved to the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, became […]

Lego Star Wars

Loving Lego Star Wars

A self-proclaimed Lego Star Wars geek, Dr Bruno Lim of Cranbourne North Dental in Victoria has put together some huge sets as part of his collection. By Frank Leggett “I saw my first Star Wars movie when I was a […]

In sharp relief: Haidong Gumdo

At the end of a busy day, Dr Hess Kim of Avenue Dental in Kawana, QLD, likes to put down his dental drill and pick up his sword. By Frank Leggett “I’m a second-dan black belt in Haidong Gumdo or […]

Fly away home

With over 200 birds in his aviary, Dr Darryl Mercieca of Minchinbury Dental Care in NSW blames his son for getting him into pigeon racing. It’s all because of my son that I keep racing pigeons in a huge aviary […]