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Webcast: Can your patient consent to treatment? (WA)

  • Dates: 29 – 29 Aug, 2019

Date:  Thursday 29 August 2019
18.30 – 19.30 AWST
Suitable for: All Australian dental practitioners 
Cost: Free for members

Have you ever worried whether a patient can truly understand the treatment options you are outlining? Has a patient seemed confused one day, but not the next?  How can you assess whether they have understood your advice, and can they truly give valid consent to their treatment?

Join Mr Geoff Black, Partner at Wallmans Lawyers and Dr Annalene Weston, experienced Dentolegal Adviser for Dental Protection Australia for this one-hour webcast.

Designed for all dental practitioners, this webcast will explore the issues surrounding an adult patient’s ability to consent to their dental treatment. You will learn who can give consent if a patient is unable to, and how to obtain it in practice.

Members will have an opportunity for questions, answers and advice following the webcast by emailing

By attending this webcast you will:

  • understand ‘capacity’ and how to assess it
  • learn more about ‘substitute decision makers’, understand the circumstances an adult could have one, and how this applies in practice
  • understand the variance in the standard of consent across differing situations, and the consequences of not having valid consent in plac
Guest speaker

Mr Geoff Black

Mr Geoff Black is a Partner at Wallmans Lawyers in Adelaide, and has been a key Panel Lawyer for Dental Protection for 20 years.  

Geoff is an experienced and highly regarded medical defence lawyer, and has been featured in the Best Lawyers Australia list since its inception in 2008.

In 2012 and 2016, Geoff was named Lawyer of the Year (Adelaide) in the Health Law sector. He has also ranked on Doyles Guide as a Preeminent Medical Defence Lawyer for “consistently drawing praise of both clients and peers”.

Mr Black is joined by Dr Annalene Weston, experienced Dentolegal Adviser for Dental Protection Australia.

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DPL Australia Pty Ltd (“DPLA”) is registered in Australia with ABN 24 092 695 933. Dental Protection Limited (“DPL”) is registered in England (No. 2374160) and along with DPLA is part of the Medical Protection Society Limited (“MPS”) group of companies. MPS is registered in England (No. 00036142). Both DPL and MPS have their registered office at Level 19, The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG. DPL serves and supports the dental members of MPS. All the benefits of MPS membership are discretionary, as set out in MPS’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. “Dental Protection member” in Australia means a non-indemnity dental member of MPS. Dental Protection members may hold membership independently or in conjunction with membership of the Australian Dental Association (W.A. Branch) Inc. (“ADA WA”).

Dental Protection members who hold membership independently need to apply for, and where applicable maintain, an individual Dental Indemnity Policy underwritten by MDA National Insurance Pty Ltd (“MDA”), ABN 56 058 271 417, AFS Licence No. 238073. DPLA is a Corporate Authorised Representative of MDA with CAR No. 326134. For such Dental Protection members, by agreement with MDA, DPLA provides point-of-contact member services, case management and colleague-to-colleague support.

Dental Protection members who are also ADA WA members need to apply for, and where applicable maintain, an individual Dental Indemnity Policy underwritten by MDA, which is available in accordance with the provisions of ADA WA membership.

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