• Indigenous dental health and the Poche Centre

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    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 […]

  • Breeding papillons

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    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 […]

  • Dr Sarah Raphael—the career crusader

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    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 […]

  • Sports sponsorship: how to score

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    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

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    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 […]

Dental News

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ADIA welcomes review of healthcare digital imaging rules

Following representations by the Australian Dental Industry Association, the  Australian Senate inquiry reviewing red tape in the healthcare system has recognised the need for nationally consistent regulations for the ownership and use of digital imaging equipment used in healthcare. The Senate’s red […]


New testimonials tool to help you ‘get it right’

A new tool to help practitioners and advertisers understand their obligations about using testimonials and reviews to advertise regulated health services is now available. The testimonials tool is the latest in a series of resources and support materials developed by the Australian Health […]

ADA NSW Convention

ADA NSW Convention—don’t miss early bird registration

Make sure you head to Australia’s capital later this year for the Australian Dental Association (NSW) biennial convention. The event—which is being held on 13-15 September at the National Convention Centre in Canberra— will bring together members of the dental […]

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20,000 reasons to invest in dental equipment

The commitment in the 2018 Australian Government Budget to retain for a further year the accelerated depreciation of businesses assets has been welcomed by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). “The ability of businesses across the dental sector to deduct purchases of eligible assets […]

Your Business

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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 […]

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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 […]

Your World

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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 […]

Professor Eric Reynolds

Professor Eric Reynolds—the irrepressible innovator

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 […]

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Millennial employees: closing the gap

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 […]

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 […]

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: Planmeca Smile Design System

By Dr Victoria Lane, Charlestown Dental Centre, NSW This system allows you to show patients what they will look like once their dental work is completed. You take a photo of the patient, upload it onto the Planmeca software and […]

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Tools of the trade: Optrasculpt

by Dr Alex Banic, Tewantin Dental Centre, QLD Traditionally, composite is placed and shaped using metal instruments. Optrasculpt has a tip that is made of a foam with excellent non-stick properties. I originally saw Optrasculpt at a hands-on course during […]

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Infection control essentials

This article is sponsored content brought to you by A-dec. The W&H Assistina 3×3 instrument processing units and the new Lisa VA steriliser’s Universal B cycle are must-have tools for dental practitioners A vital requirement of maintaining infection control in […]



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 […]

jewellery making

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 […]

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