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The field of dentistry is witnessing a remarkable transformation as artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are increasingly becoming part of day-to-day care. Pediatric dentists in Australia are embracing AI to enhance patient care, streamline operations, and improve overall oral health outcomes for young patients. In this article, we'll delve into the ways dentists are using AI in Australia – and take a glance at what the future may hold.

The baby boom continues! Congratulations to all our members who have added to their families since our June newsletter.

Professor Robert Anthonappa dons several hats: University Dean, Oral Health Centre Director and University Program Convenor – to name a few. Was it destiny (or perhaps the tooth fairy) that led to Robert becoming a paediatric specialist? He says it just might be!

Providing care to remote and underserved communities is the driving force being Dr Jilen Patel’s passion for paediatric dentistry. Jilen is kept busy as a senior lecturer at the University of Western Australia, as well as working as a paediatric specialist at Perth Children’s Hospital and private practice. Yet, he still finds time to work on initiatives that lead to better oral health for children in the wider community.

Dr Ashika Lathif says she was brought into the specialist niche thorough a mix of luck, mentors and the joy of working with children. Now that she’s emersed in the world of paediatric dentistry, she says the possibilities when working in the specialty are endless.

After working for five years as a general dentist, Dr Naomi Kottege decided to get her specialist accreditation. Now, working at Canberra’s sole paediatric practice, Naomi loves the variety the profession provides, and the hilarious one-liners said by some of her patients.

Melbourne-based Dr Dharini Ravindra was drawn into paediatric dentistry after working several years in remote NSW. Her frustration at not having the skillset to help children presenting with specialist challenges led to her enrolling into paediatric specialisation. And the rest, as they say, is history.

It’s been a flurry of activity in the land of the Long White Cloud as the Kiwi members of the Academy host their Study Day, launch a new website, and gear up for their annual conference. Here, SPDNZ Chair Dr Arun Natarajan gives an update on the progress happening in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The recent IAPD meeting in Maastricht saw our members receive several prestigious prizes at the event for their scientific research. Here, each of the winners talks to their research and experience in attending the IAPD conference in the Netherlands.

The 29th Congress of the IAPD was held in the cobble stoned university city of Maastricht in the Netherlands. The town with picturesque medieval architecture and canals hosted over 1,400 paediatric dentists from 77 countries for four days of high calibre scientific symposiums and a packed social program.

Several Academy member are making ongoing contributions to the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) initiative to establish a specialist training program based within health services in New Zealand.

Congratulations to Dr Anna Buckeridge, winner of the Colgate New Graduate Speaker Award for 2023. Here is a full transcript of her winning presentation, 'Registrar burnout in paediatric dentistry: affliction, or reality?'

Our New Zealand specialist paediatric group hosted a study day in Wellington on Saturday 24 September 2022.

Our Reconnext 2023 Conference in Melbourne in early March was a roaring success. With around 140 members attending, including over 30 DCD students, there was a real sense of enthusiastic collegiality across the entire weekend. Here, AAPD President A/Prof Nicky Kilpatrick shares her recount of the event.

An eager and excited group of postgraduates and recent graduates in paediatric dentistry gathered at the Royal Childrens’ Hospital Melbourne on Friday 3 March to kick off the biennial AAPD post-graduate study day. Dr Dharini Ravindra shares an update on the day.

Make a career plan, build your networks – and find what you love to do outside of dentistry. Established AAPD member Dr Noren Hasmun has a wealth of knowledge and advice for our members at the start of their career. Here, we chat to Noren about herself and her career.

Seasoned bird watcher, marathon runner, viola player – and AAPD president. A/Prof Nicky Kilpatrick’s has many feathers in her cap! And she’s living the career that she’s been dreaming of since age 10. Here, we chat to Nicky about herself and her career.

While working as a general dentist, Dr Jana Nikolovski found it fulfilling treating children and was surprised by their bravado and candidness in such a vulnerable environment. Now as a paediatric specialist, Jana aspires to develop the reach of public specialist paediatric dental care in the Blue Mountains. Here, we chat to Jana about herself and her career. This news item is part of an ongoing series introducing both new and established AAPD members.

A medical mission trip to the Philippines was a career turning point for Dr Yu-Lynn Lee. Meeting countless young children and adolescents in rural villages with no access to dental services propelled her to be the oral health advocate she is today. Here, we chat to Yu-Lynn about herself and her career. This news item is part of an ongoing series introducing both new and established AAPD members.

NZ expat Dr Olivia Dazell currently calls bustling Toronto home – and has big aspirations to take back the international expertise she’s gaining to the children of New Zealand. Here, we chat to Olivia about herself and her career. This news item is part of an ongoing series introducing both new and established AAPD members.