CPD Masterclass – Practice Management, Law, Ethics and Risk Management

RACDS understands that your specialised knowledge needs to stay relevant and up-to-date. The RACDS expected commitment to CPD reflects the prestigious expertise associated with Membership and Fellowship of the College.  This equates to having higher expectations from yourself and your peers regarding personal and professional development in your chosen field and communicating this achievement to your patients.

We are pleased to announce the first CPD Masterclass for 2021 will be delivered online on Saturday 22 May 2021. This Masterclass will be the equivalent of 6.5 CPD hours. Zoom link will be emailed closer to the date.


Date & Time: Saturday 22 May 2021| 9:00am – 4:30pm AEST

Module: Practice Management, Law, Ethics and Risk Management
It is important that dental practitioners are aware of the national laws and legal requirements surrounding dentistry. This module will concentrate on the statutory regulations, consent in dental treatment and basic techniques and procedures to ensure patients’ legal and ethical rights are consistently being met. 

A/Prof John Dale AM AO

John Dale has been coordinating the Masterclass for the College in the discipline of Practice Management, Ethics and Law since 2013. He has served as President ADANSW, President of Australian Dental Council; and was President Dental Board NSW from 1987 to 2007; a member of the NSW Dental Council until 2015. In 1996 he was appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and has been involved with the Law and Ethics programme since 1979. He is in (now) part time general dental practice, and has written and edited publications on Professional Misconduct and dental legal issues. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1991 and an Officer (AO) in 2002 for service to the dental profession.

Dr Alexander Holden
Dr Alexander Holden is a dentist and ethicist working as an academic at The University of Sydney where he is a full-time senior lecturer, teaching and researching in the areas of ethics, professionalism and dental public health. He was recently awarded his PhD which studied the relationship between the dental profession and society. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed journal papers and has been awarded over $600,000 in research funding in the last 12 months. Alexander is a director and councillor of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine and is a federal councillor and director of the Australian Dental Association. He also holds a state-based role with the Dental Board of Australia.

Ms Marianne Nicolle
Marianne is a solicitor and a founding Principal of Meridian Lawyers and has been representing and advising dental practitioners for over 20 years. Marianne acts for individual health practitioners, health organisations, insurers and MDOs in a broad range of areas including: civil claims, statutory body investigations, disciplinary processes before professional councils, prosecutions before tribunals, registration processes under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, coronial investigations and inquests, misconduct processes with employers, private health fund audits, Medicare audits, PSR processes, privacy and discrimination complaints. Since 2016, Marianne has been recognised in the peer-review guide, Best Lawyers in Australia, as a leading lawyer in Health & Aged Care Law and in Medical Negligence.

Ms Sharlene Wellard  
Sharlene Wellard has extensive experience providing strategic advice and advocacy in all areas of industrial law, employment, discrimination, workplace health and safety and managing workplace change. Sharlene values her strong client relationships. She partners with her clients, whether it is through representation in litigated matters or providing strategic advice and preparing contracts and policies. Sharlene regularly provides advice on the differences between the employment and contractor relationship and the obligations, risks and entitlements inherent in those relationships.

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Event information

Last day to register: 20/05/2021

Zoom link will be emailed closer to the date.