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

Dental chair and equipment

It  is  important  that  dental  practitioners  are  aware  of  the  national  laws  and  legal  requirements surrounding  dentistry.

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  • $500
Add to your calendar 05/14/22 9:00 AM 05/14/22 4:30 PM Australia/Sydney CPD Masterclass – Practice Management, Law, Ethics and Risk Management

It  is  important  that  dental  practitioners  are  aware  of  the  national  laws  and  legal  requirements surrounding  dentistry.


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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. The  masterclass  provides  an  excellent  foundation  for  the  MRACDS(GDP)  program  requirement, especially   for   those   attending   the   core   module Practice   Management,   Law,   Ethics   and   Risk Management.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand basic knowledge of practice management and law in dental healthcare.
  • Understand  the  ethics  of  the  dentist-patient  relationship,  patient  confidentiality,  and  the  need  to obtain informed consent.
  • Understand risk management.

This masterclass represents 6.5 CPD hours.

Date & Time: Saturday, 14 May 2022 | 9.00 am – 4:30pm AEST

Delivery Format: Online via Zoom


  • Adj A/Prof John W. Dale AO., CF


    Adj A/Prof John Dale has been coordinating the Masterclass for the College in the discipline of Practice Management, Ethics and Law since 2013.

    Adj A/Prof Dale was a reserve member of the Alumni Council and he has been associated with the University of Sydney, since he graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery in 1964, and a Master of Dental Surgery in 1966.
    After graduation, he served in the Royal Australian Army as a dental officer and then after worked in the UK. He returned to Sydney and entered private dental practice.

    He has been teaching at the university since 1967 when he was appointed as a clinical tutor in Paediatric Dentistry. He obtained his Doctorate in Dental Surgery at the University of Toronto in 1970 and was appointed Visiting Professor in Dentistry, Northwestern University, Chicago, in 1975-76. Adj A/Prof Dale graduated Bachelor of Laws from UNSW. He was admitted to the Bar in NSW in 1979 and since then has lectured in the Faculty of Dentistry in Ethics and Legal Responsibility, being appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor in 1996, while in private dental practice.

    Adj A/Prof Dale continues to be responsible for providing courses to undergraduate and graduate programs in the Faculty of Dentistry and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, as well as Charles Sturt University. He has had a strong involvement with the University of Sydney and was dental representative on the SRC 1962-63, President of the Dental Alumni Society 1979-1981, Australian Dental Association President 1985-87.

    Adj A/Prof Dale was appointed as President of the Dental Board NSW in 1987 and resigned in 2007 and a member of the Dental Council of NSW until 2015. He also served as President of the Australian Dental Council from 1997 to 2000 and was responsible for the accreditation of Australian Dental Schools. Adj A/Prof Dale is in (now) part time general dental practice, and has written and edited publications on Professional Misconduct and dental legal issues. Adj A/Prof John Dale was a Churchill Fellow in 1991 and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1991 and an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2002 for service to the dental profession.

    Adj AProf John W. Dale AO
  • A/Prof Alexander C L Holden


    A/Prof Holden completed his undergraduate dental degree in Sheffield (UK) and then completed a further four degrees in law, dental public health, community dentistry and research from the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Before moving to Sydney in 2015, A/Prof Holden worked clinically in private and public practice in the North of England, holding a special interest in conscious sedation and the use of hypnosis in dentistry.

    A/Prof Holden holds specialist registration with the Dental Board of Australia in Public Health (Community) Dentistry and is internationally recognised for his work on oral health systems, dental ethics and healthcare professionalism.  In Australia, he has worked within the private, public and academic sectors and currently holds senior academic and public health positions.

    A/Prof Holden is currently the Head of Specialist Services at Sydney Dental Hospital and Oral Health Services where he manages a diverse and integrated portfolio of specialised departments offering cutting-edge care. The departments within the portfolio contain conventional specialist services such as prosthodontics and oral medicine, alongside more holistic care such as social work.

    A/Prof Holden holds appointments as a Clinical Associate Professor with both the University of Sydney School of Dentistry and the University of Technology Sydney Graduate School of Health. At the University of Sydney, he is also the Head of Subject Area for Professional Practice along with other governance roles. He is also an Associate Professor (status only) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. Alongside his clinical and academic expertise, A/Prof Holden is also a Board Director for the Australian Dental Association NSW Branch, the Australasian College of Legal Medicine and the charity Filling the Gap. He is an Associate Editor of the prestigious Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications.

    A/Prof Holden is a Fellow by examination of the Australasian College of Legal Medicine and the College of General Dentistry, as well as a member in specialist practice (Dental Public Health) with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.

    A/Prof Alexander C L Holden
  • Marianne Nicolle

    Principal – Meridian Lawyers

    Marianne Nicolle is a lawyer and a founding Principal of Meridian Lawyers. For the past 25 years Marianne has advised health professionals, including dentists, on professional risk.

    She regularly represents dentists in the following areas: litigated claims for compensation, coronial investigations and inquests, privacy complaints, discrimination complaints, notifications to AHPRA, the HCCC and Professionals Councils, Department of Health audits, PRP and PSR processes, private health fund audits and general legal compliance.

    Marianne has been continuously recognised in the peer review guides, Best Lawyers in Australia and Doyle’s Guide since 2016, in the areas of Health & Aged Care Law (Lawyer of the Year in 2020), Medical Negligence (Lawyer of the Year in 2019) and Professional Malpractice Litigation. She has presented to the RACDS CPD Masterclass on Practice Management, Law, Ethics and Risk Management since 2013.

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    Marianne Nicolle
  • Georgina Odell

    Principal – Meridian Lawyers

    Georgina Odell is a Principal at Meridian Lawyers. With more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer, Georgina acts for a range of business clients including dentists, pharmacists, medical practitioners, online health businesses, national peak body associations, education and care services, veterinary practitioners, gym and fitness businesses, and companies listed on the ASX.

    Georgina handles the sale and acquisition of businesses and companies particularly in the healthcare sector, and prepares a range of commercial agreements including partnership, shareholder and buy/sell agreements, terms and conditions of business (including for online businesses), privacy policies, data breach response plans, independent contractor agreements, and services and facilities agreements. She also advises on the leasing of commercial premises and in business disputes.

    A sought after presenter, Georgina regularly delivers seminars and educational training sessions for dental, pharmacy and veterinary practitioners.

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    Georgina Odell
  • Mary Ibrahim

    Senior Associate – Meridian Lawyers

    Mary has specialised in employment law and workplace relations since 2016. She represents national clients in the dental, childcare, veterinary, medical, pharmaceutical, retail, and professional services sectors. Her practice is focused on advising clients on a range of employment law matters including contractor and employment contracts, deeds of release, modern awards and enterprise agreements, performance management, disciplinary processes, redundancies, workplace complaints and investigations, dismissals, and other workplace disputes. Mary also has extensive litigation experience in unfair dismissal, general protection, discrimination, sexual harassment, and bullying claims. She regularly appears before the Fair Work Commission, Federal Court, Federal Circuit Court, and state and federal discrimination tribunals. For the past few years, Mary has worked closely with a leading medical defense organisation, on a range of employment-related matters and upskilling current employees to assist them to respond to workplace relations inquiries from their members.

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Important notes
• All prices are in AUD.
• Each registered ticket is valid for one person only.
• No split or shared registrations. Virtual event/program access details are provided for the registered attendee only and are not to be shared.
• The CPD Masterclass enrolment fee may be refunded as per the RACDS Refund Policy.

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