• Volunteer tourism

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    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 […]

  • One with her unicycle

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    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 […]

  • Professor Eric Reynolds—the irrepressible innovator

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    Laureate Professor Eric Reynolds invented a key weapon in the fight against tooth decay while building Melbourne Dental School into a world-class institution. Now he’s taking on periodontitis with a new vaccine that’s about to go into human trials. By […]

  • Dr Fern White: practice your passion

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    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 […]

  • Millennial employees: closing the gap

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    For all the talk about millennial employees and how they function in the workplace, the focus might be better on how to create a stronger team overall. By John Burfitt One of the popular communication catchphrases to emerge in recent […]

Dental News

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FDI publications address gum disease worldwide

FDI World Dental Federation has published two resources —a white paper and a practical guide—as part of its Global Periodontal Health Project (GPHP), which aims to bring attention to periodontal health as a priority area for policy worldwide. “Periodontal disease—or gum […]

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ADIA rejects TGA fee proposal

Proposals to levy a new fee on suppliers of medical devices have been formally rejected by the Australian Dental Industry Association. The new fee has been proposed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for businesses applying to place new low-risk medical devices […]

ADA disputes claims by Private Healthcare Australia

The Australian Dental Association has strongly criticised the response of Private Healthcare Australia CEO Dr Rachel David to a recent article published in Fairfax media. ADA president Dr Hugo Sachs said it confirms why no-one should trust what she says. […]

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Don’t miss this year’s POHIC

There’s still time to register for the 2018 Public Oral Health Innovations Conference being held on Friday 20 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre—anticipated by organisers to be bigger than ever. This year’s theme, ‘Engagement Matters’, will explore how […]

Your Business

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Firing employees: how to go about it

Employers often dread firing employees. Here’s what you need to know to avoid an unfair dismissal claim and ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. By Shane Conroy It’s an unpleasant reality of practice management that not every employee […]

What’s on at ADX18 Sydney

Discover the latest dental tools, equipment and technology from Australia and overseas at the nation’s largest healthcare trade show. By Kerryn Ramsey Dental professionals will have the opportunity to see more, buy more and learn more at Australia’s premier dental […]

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Ergonomics and your dental practice

Turning a practice into an ergonomic surgery provides positive outcomes—physically, mentally and financially—for practitioners and their staff. By Kerryn Ramsey Dentists are renowned for suffering from neck, back and arm pain due to the nature of their work. Sitting and leaning […]

Good communication skills

Never underestimate the value of good communication skills when providing patients with information about dental procedures and oral health care. Stephanie Osfield reports What’s your communication style when talking to your patients? Do you adopt a fairly formal approach and […]

Your World

Claire Phelan

Claire Phelan—the tireless campaigner

Improving the oral health of Aboriginal people and people from vulnerable communities has been a powerful force driving Claire Phelan since she was a child, as Tracey Porter reports Claire Phelan’s path towards a big career as a pioneering public oral […]

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Oral health therapists

Oral health therapists have much to offer a practice yet many dentists remain confused about what they can and can’t do. By Kerry Faulkner While the path to becoming qualified as a dentist has been relatively straightforward over the decades, […]

Nahid Sayma

Dr Nahid Sayma—at home and away

Dr Nahid Sayma’s journey from Bangladesh to Botswana to Blacktown has come full circle—she is now working to improve the oral health of children in the slums of Dhaka. By Kerryn Ramsey When Dr Nahid Sayma became the first dentist from […]

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Victims of domestic violence benefit from dental program

A groundbreaking initiative at a Queensland school of dentistry is empowering students to speak up about and help victims of domestic violence. By Andrew McMillen During their schooling, dental students learn all about the oral cavity, and how to care […]

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: HiSense 40-inch digital television

by Dr Ammu Ruby, Cranbourne North Dental, VIC We had this TV mounted in the ceiling directly above the patient chair. It’s quite large so when the patient is reclined, they can see the screen easily. It’s also been angled […]

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Tools of the trade: Epic Diode Laser

by Dr Matthew Fleming, Hartwell Dentistry, Camberwell, VIC We’ve been using Biolase soft tissue lasers in our practice for years. We purchased the Epic to upgrade from an earlier model. I don’t think any dentist can work appropriately without an […]

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Better imaging = better patient outcomes

This article is sponsored content brought to you by A-dec. Access to high quality images and a streamlined digital workflow improve the speed and accuracy of case diagnosis, producing more predictable outcomes for dentists and their patients. Acteon’s world-leading technology […]

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CBCT Technology & Education: Change the way you view dentistry

This article is sponsored content brought to you by Dentsply Sirona. Cone Beam CT technology (CBCT) offers clinicians and specialists a range of options for diagnosis, treatment planning and patient consultation within a seamless, efficient workflow. Also, CBCT offers unparalleled […]



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 […]


Kitesurfing: where wind meets water

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 […]


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 […]