new graduates


ATTN graduates:

We want to hear from you

Are you a recent paediatric dentistry graduate (2019-2023)? Don’t miss your opportunity to present at our Contemporary Controversies session at our Reconnext conference! If you deliver the winning presentation, you’ll take home the AAPD Colgate Recent Graduate Speaker Award 2024.

What: You’re invited to deliver a short (15 minute) presentation on any topic that is both contemporary and controversial within the broad field of paediatric dentistry.


This is your chance to…

Develop your public speaking skills

Bolster your CV – and career prospects

Be in the running for big prizes




Judging panel

The judging panel will consist of the President of the AAPD or their nominee, an active member of the AAPD and a Colgate representative.

Selection process


Participants must provide a topic and a 200 word abstract to AAPD Vice-President ( by 12th July 2024. Five abstracts will be selected by the Judging Panel to go forward to the second phase of the competition. Participants will be notified of the result of this first phase of the competition by the 22nd July 2024.


a) 1000-word essay suitable for publication in the AAPD Member Newsletter, must be submitted by each eligible participant, for assessment by the judges, to the Vice-President ( by midnight AET Sunday 1st September 2024. It must be evidence-based and present the arguments for and against the particular topic with a definite position in the conclusion. `More research is needed in this area’ is not an acceptable position.

b) Oral presentations will be given in person by each eligible participant at the AAPD Conference in Mooloolaba on the 27th of September 2024 and assessed by the Judging Panel. Oral presentations are limited to 10 slides including the Title and Acknowledgement slides. The digital file must be ready for loading by 9am on the day of the presentation. The oral presentation should take no more than 15 minutes including 3 minutes for questions and be based on the essay giving a clear and succinct interpretation and opinion on the subject matter.

Selection criteria will be as follows:



Prize winners

Winners of the award will be announced at the Conference dinner with three prizes available:








Any questions please contact AAPD Secretary at