Speakers

Mr Peter Anastasia

Having started in the dental industry as a dental technician in 1998, Peter’s qualifications and experience are impressive. He has built his reputation over many years, having operated a certified BPS® dental laboratory focusing on quality removable prosthetics, which serviced over sixty dentists and dental specialists from across Queensland and other parts of Australia.

In 2010, Peter extended his qualifications from dental technician to dental prosthetist and upon graduation was awarded the ADPA Karl Ring Award for excellence.

Peter is recognised as a certified BPS® instructor, clinician and technician, and is highly skilled in precision denture techniques. Peter is also highly regarded in the field of digital dentures offering advanced training courses in Australia for Ivoclar Vivadent.

His passion for continuing education has kept him at the forefront in the field of dental prosthetics. He has travelled to Japan numerous times to study the teachings of Dr Jiro Abe and his Suction Effective Mandibular Complete Denture (SEMCD) technique. In 2017, Peter was appointed by Dr Abe as one of the few Dr Abe SEMCD instructors.

 

Ms Christie Boucher

Christie has 20 years’ experience as an educator having started her career as a secondary school health and physical education teacher. For more than 10 years Christie’s career has been focused on developing risk management education resources and programs for various professionals. Christie has a keen interest in the role education can play in managing risk by raising awareness and changing behaviour.

 

 

Mr Andrew Cameron

Andrew is a lecturer in dental technology at Griffith University School of Dentistry and Oral Health.He teaches in the dental technology, dental prosthetic and dentistry undergraduate and post graduate programs.

Andrew sees his own patients in the school’s private clinic and has a keen interest in developing different clinical techniques for digital dentures.

 

 

 

Dr Justin Coulson

Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s leading experts in the areas of relationships, wellbeing and resilience in the workplace.

Justin has a PhD in Positive Psychology, holds an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education in the Centre for Positive Psychology and is a Senior Associate at the Positive Psychology Institute.

When he is not spending time with his family, he can be found doing TV and radio appearances as well travelling around the country delivering talks and workshops at businesses to improve professional relationships.

Justin not only brings credibility and experience, he is at the coalface of family life. He and his wife Kylie are the parents of six daughters.

 

 

 

Ms Michelle Crawford

Michelle has delivered numerous presentations for small, medium and large organisations internationally and in Australia.

She has been a Young Australian of the Year finalist in the community services section, is the Australian Human Resource Institute convenor in Newcastle, and was awarded a Certificate of Poverty Reduction from the Australian Government for her aid industry work.

Michelle is behind Being More Human, a collective of business, HR and organisational development consultants building human potential by strategically supporting businesses through executive leadership, coaching, specialist training, and all facets of Human Resources.

She is also the author of the Being More Human book; which gives steps to shift to more effective mindsets.

 

Dr George Dimitroulis

Up until 2018 George was the Senior Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne where he ran Fellowship programs in advanced TMJ surgery for graduate Surgeons.

He is on the editorial board of numerous journals including the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery where he is Section Chairman for TMJ surgery.

He has published extensively and is the author of six books in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

In 2016 he founded OMX Solutions, a medtech start-up company that specializes in the research and development of oral and craniomaxillofacial devices including the Osseoframe that is custom 3D printed to patient’s jaw anatomy using advanced digital technologies.

 

Mr Mark Ford

Mark Ford joined the Australian Dental Council (ADC) in 2013 as Senior Accreditation Officer.
He will move into the role of Director, Accreditation and Quality Assurance in October 2019.

With extensive experience in process improvement and policy implementation Mark has held roles across the education, health and government sectors. With a strong passion for identifying opportunities for organsiational improvement, he played a supporting role in the ADC’s 2014 review of its accreditation Standards and the redevelopment of the professional competencies expected of newly qualify dental practitioners in 2015.

 

Mr Duffy Malherbe

Duffy has 40 years’ experience in prosthetics.

His passion is denture wearers’ needs and education and research related to denturism; this is often in dialogue with colleagues in other parts of the world.

Duffy has authored more than 30 articles and reports, and is invited to publish in various national and overseas denturism publications.

Duffy served on the national regulator and as the long-serving Secretary of the Society for Clinical Dental Technology; he maintains their comprehensive website, promoting Denturism.

Duffy hosts various denturism chatrooms on social media and represents South Africa on the International Federation of Denturists’ Board and serves as Editor of the IFD Newsletter.

 

Mr Chris Ristevski

With over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry, Chris has worked extensively with associations, establishing meaningful connections whilst striving to deliver bespoke insurance solutions and risk programs specifically tailored for their members.

During this time, Chris has gained significant insight into the operational and executive exposures of industry associations and some of the challenges that are faced by the industry. He is an integral member of Guild Insurance, helping to drive change that creates value to our customers.

 

Mr David Smith

David trained as a dental technician in 1986 and graduated as a dental prosthetist in 1992.

He has been working in private practice for the past 25 years, with his wife and business partner, Kim. They successfully run two practices and a laboratory.

Continuing professional development led to educational opportunities resulting in David becoming an accredited Clinical and Technical BPS Trainer following successful examinations in Schaan, Liechtenstein.

David has been accredited by Dr Jiro Abe as a Clinical SEMCD Trainer, which will lead to SEMCD courses being held in the Byron Hinterland of Australia; the place David and his family call home.

 

Professor Laurence J Walsh

Laurence Walsh is a specialist in special needs dentistry, and is Professor of Dental Science at The University of Queensland, where he has been the Head of the School of Dentistry since 2004.

His research interests are in preventive dentistry, clinical microbiology and advanced dental technologies.

Laurence worked with the ADPA during 2016 to provide a series of infection control modules for members and has presented at our Conferences in 2011 and 2017.

 

Mr Marc Wagenseil

Marc is a VITA Certified Global Trainer and in 2017 celebrated 30 years in the dental industry working directly with patients and in the dental laboratory.

He owns Heritage Denture Centre and Heritage Dental Lab in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Having trained extensively in Germany on theories, systems, and occlusion concepts related to dentures and implant supported dentures, Marc has lectured and provided hands-on education internationally to dentists, denturists and dental technicians on occlusion, dentures and implant supported dentures. In addition, he provides consultation and advice to dental companies.

 

Mr Brad Wright

Brad graduated as a dentist in 1982 from the University of Queensland, and practiced as a dentist from 1982. He operated a regional single practitioner practice from 1987 that grew to four dentists and three hygienist/therapists when he sold the practice in 2007.

Brad graduated as a dentist in 1982 from the University of Queensland, and practiced as a dentist from 1982. He operated a regional single practitioner practice from 1987 that grew to four dentists and three hygienist/therapists when he sold the practice in 2007.

Brad graduated from law school in 1998 and his honours thesis was entitled “Material Risk and Causation in Dental Treatment”. He was admitted as a solicitor in 2006. He completed an MBA in 2010 and was called to the bar in March 2011.

He is a foundation fellow of the Faculty of Dentistry of Australian College of Legal Medicine, and is a Nationally Accredited Mediator and Arbitrator specialising in dental practice and business disputes.