The 2017 Foundation Meeting provided orthodontists with a plethora of information on a variety of topics ranging from growth and development to periodontal considerations in orthodontics to occlusion, TMD and orthodontics. Drs John Fricker and Guy Burnett interviewed a number of the presenters on their chosen topic. Please follow the links below to the audio files of these interviews.
John Fricker is an orthodontist in Canberra with a part time visiting specialist appointment with the ACT Health cleft palate program.
In 2010 he was awarded an OAM for services to dentistry.
John has a strong interest in teaching and research and published more than 25 papers in refereed journals and contributed chapters on orthodontics and paediatric dentistry as well as editing a textbook on Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics. He has presented lectures over many years, both in Australia and overseas, and has been a post graduate examiner in Australia. His interest in education culminated in the submission in 2015 of a PhD thesis at The Australian National University(Canberra) on the topic of Continuing Professional Development in Dentistry and the concept of professionalism as a behaviour.
John has kindly offered ASOFRE his Powerpoint presentation from Brisbane Foundation Meeting 2017 for the benefits of ASO members and visitors to the website. His presentation, titled 'Effective CPD for contemporary practice', can be downloaded from here.
In 2014 Professor Michael Woods, the former Chair of the Department of Orthodontics at Melbourne University, was awarded the ASOFRE’s prestigious P Raymond Begg Research Award. This award, offered biennially, is judged by an international panel of eminent researchers. Professor Woods presented a summary of his winning research at the 2015 ASO Foundation Meeting and his lecture was subsequently recorded. This research, which is directly applicable to clinicians making orthodontic treatment planning decisions, provides the crucial evidence base for these decisions.
Professor Bill Proffit from the University of North Carolina has produced a comprehensive set of online educational videos for post-graduate orthodontic students and the ASOFRE has purchased these postgraduate videos for all five ASO accredited orthodontic programs within Australia. In addition, the ASOFRE has negotiated access to these new UNC Educational Videos, for Continuing Education for ASO members, at a 20% discounted rate.
These videos are tutorial style productions and samples are available at no cost on the UNC websitewww.watchseminars.com
Once you have subscribed you can watch these at home or from any location, and at any time. For Continuing Education purposes you should record the details of the videos and the time spent, as you view them, in the usual manner you record the details of meetings attended and journals read.
For details of how to access these videos ASO members should refer to emails sent to them regarding these videos or log in to the members section of the ASO website
With the shortage of teaching staff in all Australian Dental Schools a decision was made by the ASOFRE , in 2011, to provide funding to support orthodontic education. It was decided to purchase for all 9 dental schools in Australia access to the University of North Carolina’s comprehensive series of online orthodontic teaching modules. These teaching modules were developed under the guidance of Professor Bill Proffit, the most respected orthodontic teacher and author of the last 40 years. His text book ‘Contemporary Orthodontics’ is still the most widely used and respected orthodontic text around the world. The online modules were developed to teach dental students both theoretical and practical skills and provide a solid grounding in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning and basic orthodontic therapy.
These teaching modules are used in many dental schools in North America as well as in other parts of the world. A great advantage of these modules is that they take a lot of pressure off teaching staff to prepare and present lectures and tutorials. It is like having an extra staff member in the department. In addition it is very comforting to know that dental students all around Australia are being taught world standard material and there is a degree of teaching uniformity throughout Australia. These orthodontic teaching modules were made available to all nine dental schools at the beginning of the 2012 academic year. A number of dental schools now rely on these modules to form the basis of their orthodontic teaching of dental students while others use the modules to supplement material already in place. Following a 2016 survey of dental schools all 9 schools indicated they intended to continue to use the modules either as a basis of their orthodontic teaching or increasingly as a major part of their curriculum.
Since 2012 the ASO Foundation for Research and Education has paid over $150,000 for all 9 dental schools to retain access to these UNC teaching modules. The Foundation is committed to supporting and promoting orthodontic research and education and has secured access to the UNC MODULES until the end of 2021.
The ASOFRE supports teaching staff at all Australian and New Zealand dental schools to visit other postgraduate programs in Australia and New Zealand to share their knowledge and expertise and contribute in a collaborative and collegiate manner. This has been a very successful ASO funded endeavour that has given post graduate students the opportunity to liaise and learn with other Orthodontic Heads of Department, as well as facilitating the Heads of Department to observe how other orthodontic programs function.
Following are some comments made about the Heads of Department rotations:
Dear ASOFRE committee,
We would like to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for your support in facilitating the visiting professor lectures with Professor Mithran Goonewardene. We found the lectures very informative and enjoyable, and we look forward to more in the future.
The Orthodontic Postgraduate students at the University of Adelaide
We, from the University of Queensland - DCD (Ortho) team, would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for supporting and organizing Dr. Mithran Goonewardene's visiting lecture. We are grateful for the time and effort that Mithran has taken to share his knowledge, thoughts and experience to give us a very helpful series.
Everyone enjoyed their time and took away valuable insights that would undoubtedly help us in our studies. Once again, this could not have happened without the ASOFRE.
Thanks again for making this happen and we look forward to the upcoming Foundation meeting!
DClinDent Orthodontics (UQ) team
This is a short note of thanks on behalf of all the graduate students from UWA for the day we have just spent with Professor Mauro Farella. It was a very fruitful day of learning for each one of us and we feel extremely fortunate to receive teaching from one of our regions leading orthodontists. We in Perth are well aware of the unique privilege that it is to have leaders of our profession come West to teach us. Further we realise that such days would not be possible with out the ASO' s generous support. All of us are therefore are very grateful for the contribution by the ASO to make such days happen and as such we all look forward to being contributors to the ASO upon graduation to perpetuate such opportunities for future grad students.
University of Western Australia
Brighter Futures newsletters are published by the Australian Society of Orthodontists (NSW Branch) Inc. in conjunction with the Orthodontic Discipline at the University of Sydney. These newsletters are useful for keeping the dental profession updated about contemporary orthodontics and helping foster cooperation within dental teams.
Without the generous support of Henry Schein Halas and Colgate, who are an integral part of the dental team, these publications would not be possible.