Day 1 :
The University of Western Australia, Australia.
Keynote: Sustaining innovations in public dental health reform: Experiences from a two decades of advancing the agenda of equity in oral health Australia.
Time : 10:00-10:30
Marc is the Director (and founder) of the International Research Collaborative - Oral Health and Equity (formally the Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health) at The University of Western Australia. This unique, decade old, Collaborative has given Western Australia leadership in understanding the issues associated with marginalised people and in particular rural, remote and Indigenous oral health in Australia. It has been recognised by WHO for its efforts and has a global reach stretching to all continents of the planet. Following completion of his Doctorate, in Anatomy, the early 1990’s Marc’s research focused for 5 years on cell biology for the last 20 Marc’s research is focused on dental public health and social equity. He has more than 200 peer–review publications to his name and over $US17million in research and development funding. Marc\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s efforts have made a significant impact on oral health in Australia and in particular groups who are disadvantaged. In 2009 Marc was recognized by the health consumers’ council of Western Australia for services to the community and in 2010 with a meritorious service award from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) for services to dental education and Aboriginal people. Marc also was an inaugural dental fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Executives in 2010. In 2013 The University of Western Australia named a newly opened café at the dental school in honour of his services to dental education and the community. And in 2014 he became just the second Western Australian to be made a Fellow of the RACDS by acclaim again focused on his innovative education and service to the global society. In 2015 the University of Malaysia gave him academic icon status for his work on addressing marginalization. Marc, after relinquishing his role as Director of Operations and Deputy Head of School at the Dental School in Western Australia; went on to serve as Inaugural Head of School and Clinical Dean at Griffith University’s new dental school (the first new school in Australia for 60 years). Later, as Inaugural Head of Department at La Trobe University in Victoria, Marc led the start-up of the second new dental program in recent Australian history. Marc was also principal dental consultant to Charles Sturt University where he supported the development of a new regional-based dental school New South Wales. Marc’s innovation activities in oral health education are sought-after across Australia; he is currently an Adjunct Professor at James Cook University (Queensland) where he was part of the small team that facilitated the development of their new dental school (the fourth in Australia). Marc is Adjunct Professor at Bond University. Marc was a founding developer service linked education for dental students in Australia and is sort-after across the country to assist in the ongoing development of these programs. He continues to teach in various dental programs across Australia and beyond and is Chief Examiner (primaries) for the RACDS. His dental teaching material on YouTube has had over 250,000 viewers from 130 countries and he has one of Australia’s largest twitter followings in dentistry where he talks about dental public health and marginalization.
Marc, will share his nearly two-decade experience in developing, implementing and sustaining novel solutions in public dental health reform in Australia. Lesions from experiences, good and bad, success and failure will be shared. He will provide insights into the successes (and risks) associated with these ground-breaking developments. His story of innovation is littered with road-blocks that were overcome and lessons for the next generation. As part of the program he will share his experience in vertically and horizontally integrate cutting-edge service models across nearly a dozen of the world’s most remote locations. He will also share stories of the good, bad and plain terrifying in the development of a fairer, just and open dental system in Australia. His efforts in workforce and dental education will be a focus as well as the application of evidence and technology for the solutions to address the next phase of reform. Marc, as always, will lift rocks that no one else wants light to shine under. For sure a thought provoking insight into innovation and reform in Australian Oral Health.
Central Queensland University, Australia
Time : 10:30-11:00
Leonie M Short is the Discipline Lead for the Bachelor of Oral Health degree at CQ University, She is a registered dental practitioner – dental therapist – in Australia. She has completed a Certificate in Dental Therapy from the Westmead School of Dental Therapy in 1977, a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the NSW School of Hypnotic Sciences in 1983, a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Education and Sociology from Wollongong University in 1986, and a Masters of Health Planning from the University of NSW in 1987. She has numerous publications and research grants in excess of $1m. She is the Editorial Board Member of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy as well as Australian Options.
This paper outlines the development of the Bachelor of Oral Health degree at the CQ University in Rockhampton from 2010 to the present. This three-year degree trains and educates graduates to perform preventive and operative dentistry on patients of all ages. It is only one of three oral health degrees in Australia and New Zealand to be accredited for adult scope of practice. The program does not sit alongside dental programs; it sits alongside programs in medical science, sonography, medical imaging, chiropractic and paramedic science as well as nursing, speech therapy, podiatry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. The curriculum aims to foster a collaborative approach to clinical practice with oral health students studying and learning with, and from, students from other disciplines. In this way, links between oral health and systemic health are made in terms of patient-centred care. Clinical placements in residential care facilities and in the CQ University Health Clinic will be used to illustrate this innovative education approach for oral health therapy students at CQ University.
Charles Sturt University, Australia
Time : 11:15-11:45
Boyen Huang is the Head of School at Charles Sturt University (CSU) School of Dentistry and Health Sciences. Before joining CSU, he held teaching and research posts at the University of Western Australia (Australia), Kyoto University (Japan) and James Cook University (Australia). He has current research collaboration with institutions in Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand. He was successively involved in sectional, divisional and regional executive roles of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). In addition, he is a Co-Editor-in-Chief for Oral Health and Dental Management, and a journal editorial board member for two other dental journals. He is also a peer reviewer for more than a dozen scientific journals related to medicine, dentistry and public health, and an assessor/panel member of grant proposals to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, Australia). Of further note, he has worked in private practice as a general and paediatric dentist with a full dentist license in Australia and Taiwan.
Replacing missing teeth with approaches other than dental prosthetics has become a focus in dental research over the decade. The non-prosthetic approaches proposed included scaffold-based tooth regeneration, cell pellet engineering, gene-manipulated tooth regeneration and inductive formation of the third dentition. Although supernumerary teeth have been considered as a dental disease or a sign of genetic disorders, recent research in formation of supernumerary teeth implied a pathway to tooth regeneration. Using murine models, several genes relevant to the mechanisms were identified. The presenter will outline research findings of his team and other colleagues and suggest a potential direction of future molecularly targeted therapy to replace missing teeth.