International speakers

Bill Scarfe

Dr. Scarfe graduated from the University of Adelaide School of Dentistry in 1982 and was awarded Fellowship RACDS  in 1986. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and a registered specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology in the Commonwealth of Kentucky  where he is on the faculty at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry.  He is Past-Vice President and Past North American Regional Director of the International Association of Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology,  Associate Editor of the Radiology Section of Oral Surgery Oral Pathology Oral Medicine Oral Radiology and member of the Journal Editorial Advisory Board for the Australian Dental Journal. He is a reviewer for over 30 journals.   Dr. Scarfe has published extensively on cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) including recent consensus statements on general and specific use guidelines and discipline specific applications. He co-authored chapters on CBCT in the most recent edition of the standard dental undergraduate textbook used in the United States, Oral Radiology: Principles and Interpretation by White and Pharoah. His definitive textbook, CBCT: Maxillofacial 3D Imaging Applications, co-edited with Dr. Christos Angelopoulos, is soon to be published.  He presents internationally as well as nationally and is active in research on CBCT imaging.

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Professor German Gallucci

German Gallucci

Associate Professor Gallucci is the Chair of the department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials Sciences and the Head of the Division of Regenerative and Implant Sciences at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He obtained his Doctorate in Dental Medicine at the department of Prosthodontics, School of Dental Medicine at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Associate Professor Gallucci actively participates in clinical research related to implant-prosthodontics and Digital Dentistry. His work has been published in International peer reviewed journals and is member of the editorial board for several scientific dental journals. Associate Professor Gallucci participates as invited lecturer in international and national conferences and congresses. He is fellow of the International Team for Implantology (ITI), Switzerland, and active member of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) – USA, European Academy of Osseointegration (EAO), Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics, (GNYAP) and International Academy of Dental Research (IADR).

Ben Chow

Dr. Ben K.C. Chow received his BDS and oral and maxillofacial surgical training in the University of Hong Kong. He had long services in public hospital. Currently he is working in the Brånemark Osseointegration Centres both in Hong Kong and Shanghai. He was the past president of the Hong Kong Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Councillor of the Asian and International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He also holds the post of Honorary Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Hong Kong.


Chng Chai Kiat

Dr. Chng Chai Kiat is the Head and Senior Consultant, Dental Service, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  He teaches at both the post-graduate Orthodontic Program as well as the Pediatric Dentistry post-graduate program. He is currently the Chief Dental Officer of Singapore as of 1st May 2018 and serves as the Registrar of the Singapore Dental Council. He is also a board member of the Dental Specialist Accreditation Board in Singapore.  His areas of interest include biomaterials, cleft and its relation to airway space and sleep apnea; and on Surgery-First.   He completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Masters in Dental Surgery (Orthodontics) from the National University of Singapore. He also completed a Fellowship Program in Cleft and Craniofacial Orthodontics from Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan.


Programme Speakers

Ramesh Balasubramaniam

Ramesh Balasubramaniam graduated with a BDSc from the University of Western Australia in 2000 and subsequently practiced general dentistry. In 2006, he completed a certificate and Master of Science degree in Orofacial Pain at the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, Ramesh also underwent training in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. In addition, Ramesh completed specialist training in Oral Medicine as well as a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Geriatrics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. He has numerous peer reviewed publications, has contributed to several chapters in various texts and co-edited the May 2008 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America on Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction. Ramesh is also co-editor and co-author of a new authoritative comprehensive textbook titled “Contemporary Oral Medicine” to be published by Springer in 2018. In addition, he serves as a reviewer for a number of peer-reviewed journals. Ramesh has an appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Dentistry of the University of Western Australia and is actively involved in teaching and research. He is president-elect of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia. He also has public appointments at the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia and the Perth Children’s Hospital. His Oral Medicine Specialist practice focuses on Orofacial Pain, Oral Diseases and Disorders, and Dental Sleep Medicine. 

Andre Bendyk

Dr Andre Bendyk completed his specialist training in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry at the University of Adelaide in 2007. He is a Past President of the Australian Society of Periodontology, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. He is frequently invited to give lectures and training courses to dentists and study groups around Australia. He has been a Senior Lecturer and Examiner at the University of Adelaide. His clinical and scientific interests are in the areas of dental implantology, hard and soft tissue grafting and advanced periodontitis. Outside of work he enjoys tennis, surfing and spending time with his young family.

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Jonathan Clark

Current Position:  Clinical Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. Director of Research, Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Head and Neck Research Lead, RPA Institute of Academic Surgery. Director, international fellowship program at the Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute. 

Research: Professor Clark has published 170 peer review journal publications and 18 book chapters principally on metastatic cutaneous squamous cell cancer. 3766 citations (GS) with 2738 in the last five years and H-index of 38 (GS). Currently supervising 9 PhDs, 1 Masters (USyd), 8 MD students (Usyd). Professor Clark has been principal supervisor for over 25 international fellows undertaking the SHNCI fellowship program.

Professional activities: External grant reviewer for the US National Eye Institute (NIH) and NHMRC. NHMRC project review panel 2016. Consultant to Cancer Council NSW, Clinical advisor to Cancer Institute NSW and Cancer Council Victoria in developing clinical practice guidelines and optimal care pathways in head and neck cancer and unknown primary cancer. Co-founded the Sydney Facial Nerve Service 2013 and the first dedicated facial nerve clinic in Australia in 2015.

International Standing: International editorial board of Head and Neck and Current Opinion in Otolaryngology. Faculty for the 9th International conference on Head and Neck Cancer Seattle, Washington and International advisory committee for the American Head and Neck Cancer Society. Regional director representing Australia in the Global Fellowship for the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncological Societies and founding member of the Steering Committee, AO Craniomaxillofacial Australasia.

Community Engagement: Chairman of Beyond Five which is the first dedicated head and neck cancer charity developing online patient educational resources that are freely available at www.beyondfive.org.au.

George Dimitroulis

George has been in specialist surgical practice in Melbourne, Australia since 1995. He heads the Maxillofacial Unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne and 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 authored six books and numerous chapters in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He has also published over 50 scientific articles in peer-review journals and is highly sought after as a keynote speaker both nationally and internationally for his specialised skills and experience in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Clinical Research. George is also the founding Director of OMX Solutions, a Melbourne based start-up biotech company that provides print to order innovative medical devices for Craniomaxillofacial surgery.

Sharon Goldfeld

Professor Sharon Goldfeld is a paediatrician and Deputy Director, Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH) the Royal Children’s Hospital and Co-Group leader of Child Health Policy, Equity and Translation at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She has a decade of experience in state government as a senior policymaker in health and education including Principal Medical Advisor in the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Her research program is made up of complementary, synergistic and cross-disciplinary streams of work focused on investigating, testing and translating sustainable policy relevant solutions that eliminate inequities for Australia’s children. As an experienced policymaker, public health and paediatric researcher she aims to ensure ongoing effective, rapid translation of research into the policy and service arena.

Saso Ivanovski

Saso Ivanovski is the Professor of Periodontology at the University of Queensland School of Dentistry where he leads the specialist training program in periodontology. He currently combines this position with his part time specialist practice in periodontics and surgical implant dentistry.  Saso is a past federal president of the Australasian Osseointegration Society (AOS) and the Australian Society of Periodontology (ASP). He has published over 120 articles in the peer-reviewed literature and leads an internationally recognized research group with an interest in oro-dental regeneration, tissue engineering and implantology.

Erin Mahoney

Erin Mahoney BDS, MDSC (Paeds) PhD, MRACDS, FRACDS

Dr Erin Mahoney is a Paediatric Dental Consultant at Hutt Valley DHB in Wellington. Erin graduated from Otago in 1995 and with her specialty in Paediatric Dentistry from Sydney in 2001 and PhD in 2005. She completed her FRACDS in General Dentistry in 2001. Erin is the Chair of the College Regional Committee, an examiner for the Membership and for the Fellowship examination in the elective section of Paediatric Dentist and Orthodontics. When Erin isn’t working she organises her husband and is organised by her 5 children. 

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Alison Rich

Alison is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry and Professor of Oral Pathology at the University of Otago, New Zealand.  She is a registered specialist in oral pathology and is Head of the Oral Pathology Centre, the University’s oral pathology diagnostic service and the Leader of the Oral Immunopathology Research Group.  She is the Chief Examiner for the Faculty of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.


Theresia Sudjalim

Dr Theresia Sudjalim completed her Bachelor of Dental Science degree from the University of Melbourne in 1998, after which she obtained her Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. She graduated with six commendations for the Primary Examinations and was awarded the Kenneth J.G. Sutherland prize for the final examinations.

Theresia completed a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry degree specialising in Orthodontics from the University of Melbourne in 2007 and was awarded the Dean’s Medal from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, Edinburgh for her final examinations.

Theresia has been a clinical demonstrator and conducts seminars at the University of Melbourne and currently lectures for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. She is the president of the Australian Dental Association Greater Dandenong Group, and is the President-elect of the Australian Society of Orthodontists Communications and Information Committee.

Theresia thoroughly enjoys all aspects of clinical orthodontic practice.  She has particular interest in digital orthodontics, and its relevance in planning aesthetic, multidisciplinary cases.

Christopher Barnett

A/Prof Barnett has dual fellowships in neonatal/perinatal medicine and clinical genetics and is the head of the Paediatric and Reproductive Genetics Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. He is the clinical lead of the NHMRC funded Genomic Autopsy Project. A/Prof Barnett’s neonatal training was done at Adelaide at the University of Adelaide and Women’s and Children’s Hospital and in Toronto, Canada at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children. He was a consultant neonatologist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital from 1997-2002 and then in private practice from 2002-2007. A/Prof Barnett is a past president of the SA branch of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ). A/Prof Barnett’s clinical genetics training was undertaken at University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. He chairs the Antenatal Diagnosis and Counselling Service (ADACS) meeting at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and has research interests in prenatal genetics, fetal pathology and rare diseases. He has 79 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Julie Brooke-Cowden

Julie is a senior lawyer, with more than 20 years of post-admission legal experience. In addition to undergraduate degrees in Science and Law, she holds a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney and is an Accredited Specialist in Defendant Personal Injury litigation. In 2013, Julie was appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Medicine in Sydney. She has been a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee of Concord Repatriation General Hospital since 2006, and is currently a member of the Medico-legal Liaison Committee of the Law Society of NSW.

Since commencing work with MDA National in 2005, Julie has provided assistance to Medical Practitioners with respect to complaints, claims, performance and disciplinary issues, conduct and health matters, Coronial investigations and inquests, Medicare audits and Pharmaceutical Services investigations.

Michael Davies

Professor Michael Davies (MPH, PhD), is an epidemiologist located within the Robinson Institute at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He also co-directs the Lifecourse and Intergenerational Health Research Group. He has a MPH in Dental Public Health, and a PhD in epidemiology concerning socioeconomic variations in children’s dental health.  He has particular expertise in community based cohort studies, and was a chief investigator on the NHMRC funded Child Fluoride Study in the early 1990’s. His research focuses on the social and biological pathways to health at different points in the life course, commencing with the question of how periconceptional and pregnancy related factors alter our health trajectories.  In 2012 he published a major study on the risk of birth defects after infertility treatment that was, for the first time, able to identify both patient and specific treatment factors related to these important outcomes.  He leads the South Australian Birth Cohort, which is a whole of population data linkage study of fertility and population health.


Daniel Farmer

Dan graduated from the University of Adelaide with his Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1993 and Masters of Dental Surgery (Endodontics) in 2001 and has been in specialist endodontic practice since this time.  He gained fellowship to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2003 and has since been awarded fellowship to the International College of Dentists and the Academy of Dentistry International.

Dan has been a clinical lecturer and tutor in Endodontics at the Dental School, University of Adelaide, since 1996 at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level and currently holds the position of a Senior Visiting Consultant in Endodontics. He is a past state and federal president of the Australian Society of Endodontology. Dan has been invited to lecture throughout Australia an array of endodontic topics and on dental trauma. In his spare time Dan enjoys playing tennis and golf when he is not playing taxi for his three daughters.

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Suzanne Hanlin

Suzanne Hanlin is Associate Dean (Clinical) and a Senior Lecturer in Prosthodontics, within the Department of Oral Rehabilitation, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago.  Suzanne is a registered specialist prosthodontist in Australia and New Zealand, a past treasurer and councilor of the RACDS,  and a past president of the Victorian Branch of the ADA. She has held diverse roles in dental organisations and lectured extensively in both Australia and New Zealand during her career.  Her research interests are in practice-based research, implant dentistry and education in prosthodontics. Suzanne’s presentation will explore the question “Is digital dentistry a health benefit – a prosthodontics and technical perspective.”

Sharon Liberali

A/Professor Liberali completed her undergraduate dental degree at the University of Adelaide in 1986 and was awarded a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Special Needs Dentistry at the University of Adelaide in 2009. In 2010 she became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the special field of Special Needs Dentistry. In 2011 she was awarded a Fellow of the International College of Dentists (FICD) and in 2013 a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. 

A/Professor Liberali is the Director and Senior Consultant of the Special Needs Unit, Adelaide Dental Hospital, SA Dental Service, and holds an honorary Associate Dental Consultant position at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. She is the Program Director of the specialist training program in Special Needs Dentistry at the School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide and is the Principal Dentist at Health Partners Dental. 

A/Professor Liberali is a past President of the SA Branch of the Australian Dental Association and the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentistry. 

A/Professor Liberali currently Chairs the national ADA Infection Control Committee, and is the ADA representative on the HE-023 committee for Standards Australia and the NHMRC Infection Control Guidelines Advisory committee. She is a panel member on the RACDS Board of Studies for Special Needs Dentistry, as well as the Constitution Committee of the SA Branch of the Australian Dental

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Matthew McLaughlin

Dr Matthew McLaughlin is a registered specialist prosthodontist in New South Wales.

Graduating from Guy’s Hospital, London in 1991 he was awarded the Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1995 and after a number of hospital-based posts in oral and maxillofacial surgery, returned to Guy’s to complete specialist prosthodontics training, gaining MClinDent with distinction, followed by the MRD RCS specialty exit qualification.

Since 2005, he has held the position of Staff Specialist prosthodontist at Westmead Centre for Oral Health, Sydney focussing upon the inter-disciplinary management of complex oral care, including dental implant rehabilitation of trauma, hypodontia and head and neck cancer patients. He also maintains a private referral-based practice with emphasis on the occlusal, implant and aesthetic rehabilitation of the prosthodontic patient.

Dr McLaughlin has been a Senior Clinical Lecturer to the graduate prosthodontics program of the University of Sydney since 2006 and is a member of the program planning committee.

David Roessler


David is a Prosthodontist in private practice in Sydney’s CBD. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.

He has been a Keynote Speaker at many international conferences and has given more than 1000 lectures, workshops and hands-on courses in almost every facet of restorative, fixed and removable prosthodontics, aesthetic and implant dentistry in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA.

David has authored numerous publications and is an invited lecturer and examiner to both undergraduate and graduate students at a number of Universities as well as being an Examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. He is Clinical Editor for Australasian Dental Practice magazine. David is a consultant and a trainer for a number of dental companies. Among other things, David has been involved in digital dental systems since the last millennium!

As a prosthodontist, David has the opportunity to see where treatment goes wrong in both the difficult and seemingly easy situations.  He treats patients with the highest expectations and has learnt from his own mistakes and those of others.

David insists that dental education should be enjoyable!  He uses a practical approach in order to simplify complex problems.  His ultimate objective is that when you return to your practice, you will immediately be able to apply what you have heard.