Professor Laurence Walsh

Professor Laurence Walsh  from the University of Queensland is a specialist in special needs dentistry and a regular presenter of courses for managing patients with special needs and dealing with situations where dentistry overlaps with medical sciences.  He has led a project for several years for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in the area of antimicrobial stewardship in dentistry, and been involved  in recent analyses and systematic reviews of prescribing practices in Australian dentistry and in the evidence  base around the appropriate use of antimicrobial agents in clinical practice.


Dr Michael Mandikos

Dr Michael Mandikos  is a registered specialist in Prosthodontics. Michael received his Bachelor of Dental Science Degree with honours, from the University of Queensland and in 1998 he completed a three-year residency program at the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA), graduating with a Certificate in Prosthodontics and Masters Degree in Biomaterials. His research was in composite  resin materials and he has published several papers in Australian and international journals on clinical and dental materials topics. Mic hael was admitted as a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Dental and aside from his private practice, Michael is a Visiting Specialist Prosthodontist to the University of Queensland Dental School and the Royal Australian Air Force. He is a Reviewer for Australian and International  Journals, and a product evaluator for several dental companies. Michael has presented continuing education programs at Dental meetings throughout Australia, Southeast Asia and the USA.


Professor Ian Meyers

Professor Ian Meyers is currently in general dental practice in Brisbane, Australia and has honorary professorial positions with The University of Queensland School of Dentistry, and James Cook University School of Medicine and Dentistry. Professor Meyers has worked in both public and private dental clinics and has been involved with The University of Queensland over two decades. He was th e 2010 President of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Dental Association. He is a product consultant to a range of dental companies and  has  been a member and chairman of the ADA Dental Instruments, Materials and quipment Committee. He is a member of the International Association for Dental Research, Chairman of the Australian Dental Research Foundation and a member of the editorial board of The Australian Dental Journal and  several  other  international  journals.  He  is  a  member  of  the  Board  of  Studies,  and  chairman  of  the  Examinations  Committee,   for  the MRACDS program. His major interests include adhesive restorative dental materials, diagnosis and management of the worn dentition, minimum intervention dentistry, and teaching and clinical development in general practice dentistry.


Dr Neil Savage

Dr Neil Savage is registered in the specialties of Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology. His main commitment is in private specialist Oral Medicine practice. He is a Consultant in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology to the RBWH, conducting a weekly Outpatient’s clinic and participating in registrar training as well as Dental and Medical students. Neil is actively involved in diagnostic histopathology reporting and consults on difficult cases. He also continues teaching commitments as discipline lead at post-graduate level in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology at the University of Queensland, School of Dentistry. He is a member of both the ADA Inc and AHPRA Therapeutics committees and a contributing author to the Therapeutic Guidelines book “Oral and Dental”. He has specific clinical and research interests in the management of soft tissue lesions, both conservative and surgical, the use of steroid medications, oral dysaesthesias and telemedicine.


A/Professor Matthew Hopcraft

Associate Professor Matthew Hopcraft  is the Professional and Scientific Relations Consultant for Oral -B, Clinical Advisor at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, and an honorary academic at the Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne, where he was formerly the Director of Clinical Education. He has researched and published extensively in dental public health, with   a particular focus on oral health and ageing, water fluoridation, models of care and dental workforce issues. He is a past President of the Aust ralian Dental Association (Victorian Branch) and former Federal Councillor of the ADA. He has previously worked in both public and private dent al practice, as well serving in the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps.


A/Professor Alex Moule

Associate Professor Alex Moule is a Past President of the International Association of Dental Traumatology and was the co-chair of the 2016 World Congress on Dental Traumatology. He is a specialist endodontist with over 25 years’ experience in full-time endodontic practice. He is currently a full-time Associate Professor and Discipline Lead in endodontics at the School of Dentistry, University of Queensland and has also taught dentistry in many universities worldwide. From 2012 to 2016 Alex was an Associate Professor at Kuwait University. Alex has supervised numerous research theses and has published sixteen book chapters and over 60 peer reviewed publications, as well as two book on the diagnosis of orofacial pain, the latest one Diagnosing Dental and Orofacial Pain – a Clinical Manual was published by Wiley Blackwell recently. Alex is a past president of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Endodontists and has been a member of the Australian Society of Endodontology for over 40 years. He is registered as a specialist endodontist in Australia and in the United Kingdom. He serves on several editorial boards and scientific review committees and is a member of the FRACDS Board of studies for Endodontics. His standing in the dental community has been recognized by the award of several International Fellowships, including the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Society and the International Association of Dental Traumatology.


ABT Prophylaxis & Prescribing and Antimicrobials

Professor Laurence Walsh
  • The latest information on antibiotic prophylaxis protocols
  • Current prescribing patterns of Australian dentists- the good, the bad and the ugly
  • The current situation with resistance to antibiotics and its implications
  • The national agenda for antimicrobial stewardship and how this affects dentistry
  • An evidence-based approach to surgical prophylaxis with antibiotics
  • The latest information about non-prescription antimicrobial agents used in dental practice

Diagnosing Dental & Orofacial Pain – a clinical perspective

Associate Professor Alex Moule
  • Observing patterns and pain profiles
  • The importance of screening questions
  • Descriptors help in difficult diagnoses
  • Time related questioning
  • How practice let research can help you and your practice

Oral Medicine for the General Practitioner

Dr Neil Savage
  • What’s new in oral medicine in the last 5 years
  • Ulcers –  how can I help my patient?
  • “Common things occur most commonly”
  • When pain is not dental in origin
  • When to review and when to refer

Optimising Aesthetics for the Single Tooth Implant

Dr Michael Mandikos
  • Special considerations for treatment in the aesthetics zone
  • Company trends in implant system development for single tooth replacements
  • Refining clinical techniques – from temporisation to cementation
  • Perioplastic procedures for enhanced aesthetic outcomes
  • Preserving the alveolar ridge and achieving aesthetic gingival contours

Restoration and Preservation of the Compromised Tooth – Minimally Invasive
Management of Cracked, Fractured and Fragile Teeth

Professor Ian Meyers
  • Management options for cracked cusps and teeth
  • Diagnosis & assessment of compromised teeth
  • Conservative restoration as a precursor to complex restoration
  • Direct and semi-direct restorative options
  • Internal and external tooth bracing for prevention of catastrophic failure

Dentistry for Elderly Patients – an Update on Geriatric Dentistry

Professor Laurence Walsh
  • Approaches for simplified oral care that suit frail elderly patients
  • Common medical and psychiatric issues in elderly patients
  • Prevention of inhalation pneumonia in patients with impaired mobility
  • Dentitions that are easier to maintain over time

Dentistry and the ageing population – challenges for the profession

Associate Professor Matthew Hopcraft
  • The grey wave and its implications for dentistry
  • The importance of continuity of care
  • The challenges of managing patients living with dementia
  • Domiciliary care, Dental workforce and models of care

Resin Photopolymerisation – shining light on optimising restorative outcomes

Professor Ian Meyers
  • Bonding and cementing, enhancing success with direct and indirect restorations
  • Post-operative sensitivity – Is the curing light to blame?
  • Is bulk filling and bulk curing acceptable?
  • Why curing lights are critical to restorative success and how to evaluate curing light performance



The Stamford Plaza Brisbane Hotel is a Five Star Hotel, in the Brisbane CBD adjacent to the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and on the Brisbane River. All 252 accommodation rooms and suites have a view of the Brisbane River. The hotel is conveniently located to access the riverside cafes and shopping precincts within comfortable walking distance. The inner Queen Street Mall shopping area is only a short walk away, whilst the South Bank region can be accessed via a short ferry trip. The hotel also has a variety of restaurants.

For detailed hotel and accommodation information, click the following link to be directed to the Stamford Plaza Brisbane website. Alternatively a variety of accommodation options are available within the CBD including various other hotels and apartmentswalking distance and offer an abundance of restaurants and dining options.



Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia and the state capital of Queensland and offers a multitude of sightseeing, shopping, dining, recreational and leisure opportunities. Brisbane’s close proximity to the Gold Coast region to the South and Sunshine Coast region to the North add to the abundance of recreational and leisure opportunities, makes it a perfect holiday destination to explore the South-East Queensland region from.

The inner city offers a great variety of dining and shopping precincts both centrally located and speckled along the meandering Brisbane River, which provides convenient ferry transport to the Southbank precinct. Southbank is the dynamic arts and performance hub, with the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery and Queensland Gallery of Modern Art all located within close proximity.

Detailed information of inner city and greater Brisbane area sightseeing destinations, activities, arts, entertainment, sporting and much more is available at A multitude of organised day trips throughout the region are available, with many tour providers also offering extended day trips to the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and beyond.

Travel Info

The Brisbane International airport has direct flights to and from more than 30 international and 45 domestic destinations. Delegates, other than those who are Australian or New Zealand citizens, travelling to Brisbane for this event require a visa to enter Australia and can find further information on? the Department of Immigration Website All delegates are encouraged to arrange their travel and other insurances.

The Brisbane CBD is approximately 12km from and around 20 minutes from the domestic and international airport, however longer travel times are experienced on weekdays during the morning and afternoon rush hours. A multitude of transport options are available. The Airtrain provides a direct link to the CBD and departs every 15 minutes during peak hour. Taxi ranks are well supplied at most hours of the day at both the domestic and international airport. Various Ground Transport Operators and Bus Companies also provide access to the CBD and other locations including the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions. Alternatively, a large variety of car rental companies service the airport.

For detailed hotel and accommodation information, click the following link to be directed to the Stamford Plaza Brisbane website.



Brisbane has a subtropical climate with mild winter and warm or hot weather for the rest of the year. Maximum temperatures range around 17oC in winter and exceeding 30oC for most of the summer months.

Currency & GST

The currency across all states of Australia is the Australian Dollar. Goods and services in Australia are subject to a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10%. All event registration fees are payable in Australian Dollars and include a GST component.


Delegates with special dietary requirements should indicate these on the event registration form so that this information may be passed to the hotel’s banquet’s team. Whilst efforts are made to accommodate special requests, these cannot be guaranteed.


Name tags and certificates of attendance will be issued to all delegates attending the event.


The Brisbane and Queensland time zone is GMT/UTC +10:00 during standard time. Queensland does not utilise Daylight Saving Time and remains on Australian Easter Standard Time (AEST) all year round at GMT/UTC +10:00.


Dental Update 2017

7:30am Registration
8:00am ABT Prophylaxis & Prescribing and Antimicrobials
Prof Laurence Walsh – Topic 1
10:15am Morning Tea
10:30am Dentistry for Elderly Patients – an Update on Geriatric Dentistry 
Prof Laurence Walsh – Topic 2
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Diagnosing Dental & Orofacial Pain – a clinical perspective 
A/Professor Alex Moule
3:15pm Afternoon Tea
3:30pm Oral Medicine for the General Practitioner
Dr Neil Savage
5:00pm Conclusion
TIME          SATURDAY 26th AUG 2017
7:30am          Registration
8:00am          Optimising Aesthetics for the Single Tooth Implant
         Dr Michael Mandikos
10:15am          Morning Tea
10:30am          Dentistry and the ageing population – challenges for the profession
         Associate Professor Matthew Hopcraft
12:30pm          Lunch
1:30pm          Restoration and Preservation of the Compromised Tooth – Minimally Invasive
         Management of Cracked, Fractured and Fragile Teeth
         Professor Ian Meyers (Topic 1)
3:15pm          Afternoon Tea
3:30pm          Resin Photopolymerisation – shining light on optimising restorative outcomes
         Professor Ian Meyers (Topic 2)
5:00pm          Conclusion

DENTAL UPDATE 2017 offers delegates a multidisciplinary overview on new developments within a range of fields including restorative dentistry, oral medicine, dental implants, geriatric dentistry and orofacial pain diagnosis. Professor Laurence Walsh, Professor Ian Meyers, Dr Michael Mandikos, Dr Neil Savage, A/Professor Matthew Hopcraft and A/Professor Alex Moule combine to present DU2017 over two days in fine surroundings, providing reviews on current and developing techniques as well as clinical and patient management approaches. Participants may use this event towards meeting the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements as set by the Dental Board of Australia and the event has also received CPD verification from the New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA). The event offers participants up to 15 hours scientific continuing professional development and registration is open to dentists and dental specialists. The event will be held at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in the Brisbane CBD. As with all Queensland Dental Group conferences, events and courses, no product or external company sponsorship is permitted to allow all presenters to provide their unbiased views and preferences. Dental CE the way it’s meant to be.




25-26 Aug 2017 – BRISBANE

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