Professor Richard Widmer

Associate Professor Richard Widmer

Associate Professor Richard Widmer received his Master’s Degree in Paediatric Dentistry from the University of Melbourne. The majority of his paediatric clinical practice over the last 30 years has been at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He holds the position of Associate Clinical Professor in Paediatric Dentistry, The University of Sydney, and Head of the Dental Department at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He is a very active clinician and lecturer, presenting to students and graduates in all branches of the Health Sciences, both locally and internationally. Over the years he has held a number of positions within his speciality including, the Presidency of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry, the Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry. Professor Widmer co-edited both the very popular “Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry” now in it’s fourth edition and in seven languages and the booklet “Paediatric Dentistry: Dental Care for Children. A guide for parents “.

Professor David Manton

Professor David Manton

Professor David Manton graduated BDSc (Melb) in 1984 and worked in general practice until 1991 when he undertook an MDSc in Paediatric Dentistry. He was dental advisor to the Federal Government from 1994 – 1996 and won the KG Sutherland Prize of the RACDS in 2007. Professor Manton is currently the Elsdon Storey Chair of Child Dental Health and heads the section of Growth and Development at The University of Melbourne and is involved in several collaborative and postgraduate research projects in both paediatric dentistry and orthodontics. He is on the editorial boards of the European Archives on Paediatric Dentistry and the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. Professor Manton has spoken throughout Australia, Asia and Europe and has wide ranging experience in laboratory and clinical trials of CPP-ACP, Minimum Intervention Dentistry and the detection of caries. He has published more than 50 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and his interests are in all aspects of enamel de- and remineralisation, minimal intervention dentistry, teledentistry, and molar incisor hypomineralisation (MIH).


Dr Sue Taji

Dr Sue Taji is the current Federal President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry, ANZSPD Federal Councilor for Queensland and a former Federal Secretary of the Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry. Dr Taji is a fellow of the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. Holding surgical accreditation at various hospitals, she remains clinically orientated and restricts her Brisbane specialist practice to the management of paediatric patients from infancy to school age and those with special needs. Having completed her undergraduate dental degree at the University of Adelaide, Dr Taji was awarded membership to the prestigious Golden Key Honours Society for excellence during her studies, subsequently working in Private Practice in Brisbane for a decade prior to completing her Clinical Doctorate in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Queensland in 2010. Completing numerous research projects during this time, she has published in national and international journals and has co-authored various textbook chapters on paediatric dental aspects.


The Oral Physician

Associate Professor Richard Widmer
  • The Changing Face of Paediatric Dentistry
  • The Forgotten Frontier in Medicine – the oral health/health conundrum
  • Our introduction to Dentistry
  • Paediatric Dentistry – Expanding our Mindset
  • Do I make a difference in the welfare of my child patients?

New Horizons in Paediatric Dentistry

Professor David Manton
  • What materials are best for pulpotomies?
  • MTA and Calcium silicates – anything new?
  • Enamel hypomineralisation – MIH/HSPM – an update
  • Remineralisation of carious lesions – has anything changed?
  • Genetics and dental caries – is there a strong relationship?
  • Can we predict future caries risk?

Restorative Management Approaches in Paediatric Patients

Professor David Manton
  • When do I need to intervene restoratively?
  • How do I intervene – Restore, extract or leave?
  • What factors influence material choice?
  • When to use preformed metal crowns (stainless steel crowns)?
  • Are Hall crowns successful?
  • New thoughts on carious tissue removal

Interceptive Orthodontics for the Paediatric Patient

Dr Sue Taji
  • Developmental Defects of Enamel in the Primary and Permanent Dentition
  • Molar Incisor Hypomineralisation in the young patient
  • Management Approaches from Preservation to Restoration and Beyond
  • Prognostic Influences on Treatment Planning Decisions
  • Predisposing and Potential Etiological Factors




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 apartments.



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 required to arrange their own travel, accommodation and  insurance.

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.


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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.


Paedodontics Update 2019

8:00am Registration
8:30am The Oral Physician
    Presenter Associate Professor Richard Widmer
10:30am Morning Tea
10:50am New Horizons in Paediatric Dentistry
     Presenter Professor David Manton
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Restorative Management Approaches in Paediatric Dentistry
    Presenter Pofessor David Manton
3:10pm Afternoon Tea
3:30pm Current Concepts in Enamel Defects
    Presenter Dr Sue Taji
5:00pm Conclusion

PAEDODONTICS UPDATE 2019 offers practitioners an in-depth look at various key topics in paediatric dentistry relevant to clinical practice. Topics for the event include restorative management approaches for paediatric patients, new horizons in paediatric dentistry, current concepts in enamel defects and the oral physician. The event features A/Professor Richard Widmer, Professor David Manton and Dr Sue Taji, who combine to provide this valuable update and will discuss 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 seven hours scientific continuing professional development and registration is open to dentists, oral health therapists and auxilaries and paediatric 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.



Paedodontics Update 2019

18 October 2019 BRISBANE

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