september, 2021

202117sep(sep 17)8:30 am18(sep 18)5:00 pmDental Topics in the Tropics8:30 am - 5:00 pm (18)(GMT+10:00) View in my timeShangri-La Hotel Event Organized By: The Australian Dental Association (Queensland Branch) (ADAQ) Discipline:Aesthetic Dentistry,General Restorative,Implants,OtherFormat:Conference,In-Person

Event Details

Dental topics in the tropics (proudly supported by neoss)

Join us in sunny Cairns for a two-day symposium of Dental Topics in the Tropics

This event offers you the opportunity to hear from some of the top speakers in Queensland whilst networking and engaging with peers

Topics include:

  • Dental Anatomy with Assoc. Professor Alex Forrest
  • Whitening with Emeritus Professor Laurie Walsh
  • Special needs dentistry with Dr Matthew Nangle, and 
  • Implant complications & restoring worn dentition with Dr Michael Lewis. 

Please click here to view the full program

Registration for this event includes:

  • Two full days of lectures with concurrent sessions on day 2
  • Welcome reception – day 1, and  
  • Post-conference celebration dinner – day 2. 

ADAQ has secured a discounted rate of $230 per night (including breakfast) for delegates who wish to stay at the Shangri-la. To book please contact the hotel directly- [email protected] or 07 4052 7700, to access the discounted rate, please quote DEN160921.

Please note all accommodation bookings will be subject to the terms and conditions of the Shangri-la, and all accommodation and incidental charges are payable by the delegate. ADAQ does not hold any responsibility for these costs. 


Speakers for this event

  • Associate Professor Alex Forrest AO

    Associate Professor Alex Forrest AO

    Expert in Human Anatomy, Forensic Odontology, Human Forensic Identification

    Alex is well recognised for his expertise in Human Anatomy, Forensic Odontology, Human Forensic Identification, including 3-D technologies and Bite Mark Analysis. He is currently Honorary Associate Professor for the School of Dentistry with University of Queensland, Adjunct Associate Professor of Forensic Odontology with Griffith University, and Director of Forensic Odontology at Health Support Queensland Forensic and Scientific Services. Alex also convenes the annual Disaster Victim Identification course for ADAQ.

    Expert in Human Anatomy, Forensic Odontology, Human Forensic Identification

  • Dr Martin Webb

    Dr Martin Webb


    Dr Martin Webb is a dentist in private practice at Maleny, on the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. He has held various positions within the Dental profession namely ADA Federal Vice President, ADAQ State President 2007, member of ADAQ Executive 2001-2008 then 2014-2020. Dr Webb has served on the ADA Inc Schedule & Third Party Committee since 2008. Within that Committee he has acted as the state “expert opinion” on the interpretation of the ADA Schedule by dentists, their staff and PHI’s. Dr Webb has liaised with Dentists having difficulties with Medicare and DVA, including assisting them with audits. He also acts as the ADAQ PHI liaison officer to assist members with PHI complaints and investigations. In 2014 Dr Webb became an approved AHPRA and OHO Auditor. He is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In 2016, Martin was awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the ADAQ, one of only 19 individuals in Queensland’s history to have been awarded this honour. Dr Webb has recently joined the ADA Inc Infection Control committee, has previously served on the ADA Inc Audit and Risk committee, member of the ADA Inc Dental Education and Training Committee, and Vice Chair of the Scientific Committee for the FDI World Dental Congress 2021 in Sydney. Dr Webb has conducted Lectures to the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, throughout Queensland on the fluoridation issue and more recently has been giving lectures to the ADAQ Practice Advantage group on health fund audits, item number issues, and dental fraud cases. He has assisted UQ as an external examiner for 5th Year dental student Vivas, and has recently been involved in providing expert opinion reports for medico legal cases involving dentists.


  • Dr Matthew Nangle

    Dr Matthew Nangle

    Senior Lecturer & External Engagement Coordinator

    Senior Lecturer & External Engagement Coordinator

  • Dr Michael Lewis

    Dr Michael Lewis

    BDS Hons (Syd), D.Clin.Dent (Syd), MRACDS (Pros), Specialist Prosthodontist

    Dr. Michael Lewis graduated from undergraduate dentistry in 2003 with honours, and with a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics at the University of Sydney in 2010. During his specialisation program at Westmead Hospital he received extensive training in aesthetic and implant dentistry, conventional crown and bridge, denture prosthetics and orofacial pain management. He is the proud recipient of the John H Wilson prize for proficiency in Prosthodontics and the Campbell Harry Graham prize in Prosthetic Dentistry. Dr. Lewis is a passionate educator, and teaches weekly at the University of Queensland, as well as maintaining a private practice. His postgraduate thesis was in prosthetic restoration of single-tooth implants, and has published and lectured on this topic both domestically and internationally. Notable presentations include the International College of Prosthodontists in South Africa, the Australian Prosthodontic Society in Adelaide, Nobel Biocare in Auckland and local dental groups in Sydney and Brisbane.

    BDS Hons (Syd), D.Clin.Dent (Syd), MRACDS (Pros), Specialist Prosthodontist

  • Dr Tim Keys

    Dr Tim Keys

    Paediatric Dentist

    Dr Tim is a born and bred Queenslander. He graduated dental school at the University of Queensland in 2009 and joined the Royal Australian Airforce as a dental officer. This job meant he travelled around Australia for several years and also served on a humanitarian mission to Indonesia. In 2012 Dr Tim left Townsville and the Air Force to work in Noosa. In 2018 Dr Tim completed his Paediatric dentistry training at the University of Melbourne and moved back to the Sunshine Coast to be with his wife and back at the beach! Dr Tim loves providing dental care to children with special needs and dental anxieties. Dr Tim also provides care to children who have suffered trauma, are born without enough teeth, or too many teeth and other developmental anomalies. Dr Tim is a member of the Australian Dental Association, Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentists, Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentists, European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Royal Australasian College of Dentists. He is a Major in the Army and is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Queensland. Dr Tim loves outdoor activities like triathlons, surfing, hiking and sailing.

    URL https://www.dentistryforkids.com.au/our-team

    Paediatric Dentist





  • Professor Laurie Walsh

    Professor Laurie Walsh

    Laurie is a leading international authority in the use of lasers in dentistry. He has used multiple lasers in his specialist clinical practice in special needs dentistry for over 25 years, and developed a number of innovative clinical methods for their use. Laurie has published extensively in the field of laser applications in hard and soft tissues in dentistry, and he holds patents in several laser-based technologies. He has been presenting laser training courses since 1992, and is an accredited trainer for medical staff and operating theatre technicians. His training courses are recognised by several bodies including Radiation Health Qld, the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Australian College of Nursing.


The Australian Dental Association (Queensland Branch) (ADAQ)The Australian Dental Association (Queensland Branch) (ADAQ) is the professional association for Dentists in Queensland. We represent more than 4000 members across the State. Our advocacy and services aim to promote excellence in the profession through a range of services, including: the provision of Professional Indemnity (PI) Insurance, support and advice regarding PI claims, CPD events, dental assistant training, and dental practice advisory advice.[email protected] 22-28 Hamilton Place Bowen Hills Qld 4006


17 (Friday) 8:30 am - 18 (Saturday) 5:00 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time

CPD Hours

12 Scientific hours


Early Bird Registration (closes Sunday 15 August) : ADA Member – $750, ADA Member 1st and 2nd Year Graduate – $520, Student – $260, Practice Staff – $450 , Non-Member – $950. Standard Registration (closes Thursday 9 September) : ADA Member – $950, ADA Member 1st and 2nd Year Graduate – $720, Student – $460, Practice Staff -$660, and Non-Member – $1150

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