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ADC 2017: All about education

MELBOURNE, Australia: From 17 to 21 May, the 37th Australian Dental Congress (ADC) is bringing together over 4,000 dental practitioners at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Established in 1907 and organised by the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the event is set to be the biggest ever this year.

Held under the theme “Educating for dental excellence”, ADC 2017 has attracted an impressive line-up of four keynote speakers: acclaimed UK prosthodontist Dr John Besford, UK periodontics and prosthodontics specialist Dr Andrew Dawood, endodontist Prof. Anil Kishen from the University of Toronto in Canada and prosthodontist Dr Ken Malament from the US.

With an additional 100 speakers from all over the world and a range of topics in all fields of dentistry, including oral cancer screening, root canal irrigation, ergonomics and infection control, ADC 2017 is the largest continuing professional development (CPD) event for dental practitioners in Australia and an ideal way to fulfil CPD requirements. According to the ADA, the main scientific programme and associated workshops, forums and “lunch and learn” sessions offer over 32 hours of CPD for dentists, 12 hours for dental hygienists, oral health therapists and dental therapists, and 11.5 hours for dental prosthetists.

Another key part of the congress programme is the ADA/PFA National Emerging Young Lecturer Competition. Sponsored by the ADA and Pierre Fauchard Academy (PFA), the competition gives ADA branch-nominated young clinicians the opportunity to present their clinical, research and lecture skills, providing insight into the latest work being undertaken in dental schools across Australia. Candidates hold 15-minute presentations with a short Q & A session and are judged by a panel of four experts from both sponsoring organisations.

The presentations will be held on Friday from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. The National Emerging Young Lecturer is granted a sponsorship from the PFA of A$5,000. A second prize, the Encouragement Award, is worth A$1,000.

Free industry exhibition
For the first time, the accompanying industry exhibition—the largest of its kind in Australia—is free, not just for congress attendees, but also for all those in dental practice. Hosting over 100 major companies, the exhibition is showcasing a wide selection of products and services available to the dental profession. It runs from 18 to 20 May in a building adjacent to the venues where the main congress programme will be presented.

Graduate dentists should check out the extensive range of work opportunities at the Employment Fair, which has been brought back after its successful premiere at the 2015 event. The fair features organisations from across the dental industry, including private practices, public sector employers and companies, with whom graduates will be able to book appointments to discuss the opportunities available.

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