Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology

Special Needs Dentistry and Infection Control



Dr Tom Giblin

After graduating from Sydney University, Dr Giblin was accepted into a 3-year Advanced Prosthodontics Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Centre in San Antonio, regarded as one of the top programs in the USA. In his time there, Dr Giblin gained a broad education in all aspects of dentistry, including implant, fixed and removable prosthodontics as well as sleep dentistry, occlusion and TMD.

Dr Giblin has established Northern Dental Specialties as a centre of dental excellence on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. He lectures extensively both in Australia and internationally.  He teaches regular courses at his facility in Mona Vale where dentists from all over Australia visit to learn about Dentures, Occlusion, Dental Implants and Advanced reconstructive Dentistry.

  • Dental Implant basics- materials or marketing?
  • Implant Treatment Planning
  • Aesthetic Diagnosis in Dentistry
  • Occlusion and Biomechanics
  • Dentures in Modern practice
  • Digital Dentistry- where are we at?

Dr Tom Huang

BDSc (Hons I), DClinDent (DMFR)

Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist

Tom graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Dental Science. After working in both the private and public dental sectors, he undertook a three year full time specialist training program at the University of Queensland and graduated with a Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry specialising in Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology. It included training at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane Private Hospital and at the School of Dentistry.

Tom currently consults at Envision Medical Imaging in Perth, Western Australia. He has held positions of visiting lecturer, clinical supervisor and external examiner for the DClinDent (DMFR) program at the University of Queensland, School of Dentistry. Tom has also presented topics in radiology and radiography internationally and continues to have research interests in Cone Beam Computed Tomography. He is also the Australian regional director for the International Association of Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology (IADMFR) and the secretary/treasurer of the Australian Academy of Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology (AADMFR). Tom has published papers in peer-reviewed journals and is a contributing author of the Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017).

  • Contemporary radiology in dentistry: What else is there apart from the cone-beam CT?
  • Prescription of diagnostic imaging: What, why and when?
  • Interpretive radiology: What is it? Does it influence anything?
  • Imaging the temporomandibular joint.

A/Prof Sharon Liberali

A/Professor Liberali is the Director and Senior Consultant of the Special Needs Unit, Adelaide Dental Hospital, SA Dental Service, and holds an honorary Associate Dental Consultant position at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. She is the Program Director of the specialist training program in Special Needs Dentistry at the School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide and is the Principal Dentist at Health Partners Dental.

A/Professor Liberali is a past President of the SA Branch of the Australian Dental Association and also the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentistry. A/Professor Liberali currently Chairs the national ADA Infection Control Committee and is the ADA representative on the HE-023 committee for Standards Australia and the NHMRC Infection Control Guidelines Advisory committee.

  • The clinical assessment process and clinical decision making in patient centred care (includes informed consent)
  • The assessment and management of salivary gland function and dysfunction
  • Management of the medically complex patient in general dental practice
  • ONJ-BRONJ-MRONJ. What’s new?
  • Infection Control – What’s new?

Each of our professional development programs is designed to address topics of interest and relevance to our delegates and their practices.

Our Academic Advisory Committees, comprised of practitioners from a range of fields of practice, endeavour to source the best possible speakers to provide a series of presentations, workshops, case studies and panel discussions for each conference.

Unconventional Conventions’ director for the past 20 years is a practicing doctor who takes great pride in offering a comprehensive, stimulating and appropriate academic program. Unconventional Conventions aims to ensure that the combination of lectures, workshops, hospital visits, training activities and clinic in the community make up more than 50% of daily activities during the main conference tour.

Many of our travel destinations provide an opportunity for local professional contribution and cultural exchange through workshops and structured visits to local clinics.

Our conference programs are prepared over a 12 month period and full details are available 3 months prior to the conference. Unconventional Conventions is an accredited education provider for RACGP. Application for ACRRM points is made for each conference. Dental programs are certifiable with Dental Board of Australia.  Specialists may apply for CPD points at their own discretion.

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