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ISDH 2019 provides stimulating programme on evidence-based practice

By Brendan Day, DTI
August 21, 2019

BRISBANE, Australia: From 15 to 17 August, dental professionals from all around the world came together for the 21st International Symposium on Dental Hygiene (ISDH) in Brisbane. The event attracted 1,135 attendees, representing 34 countries, who were engaged by an exciting mix of scientific presentations by leading international dental experts and new product launches by the exhibiting companies.

The Dental Hygienists Association of Australia, in collaboration with the International Federation of Dental Hygienists (IFDH), hosted the event under the theme of “Leadership, Empowerment, Advances, Diversity” or LEAD. The symposium opened with a welcome-to-the-country ceremony featuring members of the local indigenous community and this was followed, after lunch, by keynote presentations by Drs Ron Knevel and Dagmar Else Slot, among others.

The next day, Ann Battrell, CEO of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), and Matt Crespin, President of the ADHA, together delivered a well-received presentation titled “The wise investment: Strategic dental hygiene leadership development.” A gala dinner was held at the picturesque Howard Smith Wharves that night, with a live band providing attendees with a welcome opportunity to let their hair down.

Anh Do, a Vietnamese-born Australian comedian, writer and artist, delivered the keynote speech on the final day of the ISDH. Do’s humorous and heart-warming presentation, which focused on his journey from refugee to becoming one of Australia’s most loved entertainers, was extremely well received by attendees.

Corrie Jongbloed-Zoet, a past President of the Dutch Dental Hygienists’ Association, delivered her inaugural address as the newly instated President of the IFDH, a position that she will hold until 2022. Jongbloed-Zoet takes over from Robyn Watson, who held the position from 2016 to 2019.

The next ISDH will take place in 2022 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Ireland. Those interested in receiving updates regarding this symposium can sign up here.

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