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Spotlight on Risk - Dental Conference 2023

  • Dates: 27 – 27 May, 2023
Spotlight on risk dental conference

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When it comes to delivering outstanding patient care, the challenges faced by dental professionals are greater than ever before.

It’s important for dental professionals to constantly evolve and stay ahead of the curve when it comes to their knowledge and understanding of the latest developments.

At the inaugural Spotlight on Risk conference, dental and oral healthcare professionals will have the chance to hear from leading experts and tackle complex dentolegal issues, including:

  • Social media, credibility, and reputation
  • A forward-thinking mindset for the new reality
  • Fear of failure and resilience
Brought to you by Dental Protection, this conference will enable you to gain valuable insights, enhance your career, expand your understanding of ethical and dentolegal matters, reduce the risk of complaints, and avoid potential pitfalls.

This event is FREE to attend and open to all members and non-members.

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Date. Saturday 27 May 2023

Time. 09.00 – 11.15 AWST

10.30 – 12.45 ACST
11.00 – 13.15 AEST

Location. Online


Find out more about the conference from our Chair, Annalene Weston:


 Time Session
09.00 AWST / 11.00 AEST
Welcome and Introduction
Annalene Weston, Conference Chair and Dental Team Leader, Dental Protection 
09.05 AWST / 11.05 AEST
Credibility, reputation, and risk in social media use
Karen Sutherland, Co-founder and Social Media Specialist, Dharana Digital

Overview: This presentation discusses the benefits and challenges of using social media for dental practices in Australia and New Zealand, including reaching wider audiences, building trust and credibility, and showcasing services. It also covers regulations, laws, and ethics relating to social media use, including responding to negative reviews, avoiding unprofessional behaviour, and obtaining patient consent for testimonials. 

09.25 AWST / 11.25 AEST
Panel session | To post or not to post? Social media through an ethical and dentolegal lens
Annalene Weston, Conference Chair and Dental Team Leader, Dental Protection
Karen Sutherland, Co-founder and Social Media Specialist, Dharana Digital
Colm Harney, Dentolegal Consultant, Dental Protection

Overview: Many practitioners are using social media platforms for professional purposes to promote services but also to disseminate their knowledge to a wider audience. But how can they establish ethical boundaries for themselves with their patients or with others online?

09.50 AWST / 11.50 AEST Break
09.55 AWST / 11.55 AEST Artificial Intelligence: Future impacts for dentistry
Laurence Walsh, Emeritus Professor, School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland

Overview: This presentation provides a summary of the areas where artificial intelligence applications have been explored for dental practice, including the most recently approved systems and the state of knowledge in the field. It is clear that no AI system can completely replace ‘wet fingered’ dentists. The presentation then discusses how AI systems can be a positive for clinicians working in dentistry, and explores the major challenges around AI, including the quality of the evidence, expectations from patients and regulators, and the impact on the working life of the clinician. 

10.15 AWST /  12.15 AEST Panel session | Embracing a forward-thinking mindset to thrive in dentistry in an uncertain world
Annalene Weston, Conference Chair and Dental Team Leader, Dental Protection (moderator)
Simon Parsons, Dentolegal Consultant, Dental Protection
Laurence Walsh, Emeritus Professor, School of Dentistry, The University of Queensland

Overview: "The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence itself, but to act with yesterday's logic” Peter Drucker. 

There’s never been a more challenging time to practise and deliver outstanding patient care than now. In such rapidly changing times, there is a need to constantly evolve, and with that comes new inventions, different ways of thinking, and sharpening skills to gain the advantages necessary to succeed when considering the latest advancements in dentistry and global trends. During this panel discussion, executives will share how to thrive in this new reality by adopting a forward-thinking approach, but also understanding how to mitigate risks. 

10.35 AWST / 12.35 AEST Building your Resilience Shield
Dan Pronk, Expert on Resilience and Tactical Medicine and Author of The Combat Doctor and The Resilience Shield

Overview: Dentistry is a high-pressure profession with a very fine line between success and failure. A cumulative load of small stressors (work and/or life) or an adverse event can be enough to present a very testing and confronting scenario. During this presentation, Dan Pronk will share the importance of understanding resilience and how to use the strategies of elite special forces soldiers to build and maintain a robust resilience against the stresses of modern-day life.

10.50 AWST / 12.50 AEST Panel session | When the storm hits – thriving amidst difficult times
Dan Pronk, Annalene Weston, Simon Parsons, Colm Harney

Overview: “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein.  

In an increasingly complex and uncertain world, it is likely that most of us have experienced some form of work-related unease, anxiety, stress, or fatigue. In constant pressure, we work in survival mode, forgetting to think about our emotional, physical, and mental well-being. During this panel, executives will discuss the fear of failing and its impact on crisis response, as well as the importance of restoring balance and gaining the ability to reflect, learn, rebound, and move forward. 

11.10 AWST / 13.10 AEST Final remarks
Annalene Weston, Simon Parsons, Colm Harney

Why attend?

  1. Inspiration Awaits
  2. Immerse yourself in thought-provoking discussions led by experts on topics relevant to your practice. Surround yourself with like-minded professionals and be inspired by new perspectives and insights.

  3. Expand Your Expertise
  4. Keep your knowledge and understanding up to date with ethical and dentolegal matters, reducing the risk of complaints. Stay ahead of the curve and be confident in your career.

  5. Grow Your Network
  6. Take advantage of this unrivalled opportunity to make connections and reconnect with your peers.


  1. How many CPD points will be available for the conference?
  2. CPD learning points have been applied to the conference – we'll update this information shortly.

  3. Will there be any networking sessions?
  4. Yes, the conference will include social and networking opportunities throughout the event.

  5. Is a live transcript available during the conference?
  6. Yes, this will allow participants to easily follow the conversations or to meet accessibility requirements

  7. Will I be able to download the presentations after the conference?
    The presentations won’t be available to download, but you can watch the conference back online whenever you want to.
    This is because any presentations shown at the event have been produced by the individual speakers, and are therefore not owned by, and do not necessarily represent the views of, Dental Protection.

  8. How do I log in on the day of the event? 
    First you must register in the event and then you will receive an email with your log in details from [email protected]

    You can also access this link and request to reset your password by clicking on “Forgotten password/PIN?”

  9. I have more questions, who do I contact? 
    You can get in touch with us at [email protected] with any further questions. 
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