The Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork plays host to this year’s IDA Annual Conference, and incoming Association President Anne Twomey will join the hardworking Conference Committee in welcoming delegates to another excellent event.
From Thursday April 16 to Saturday April 18 a fantastic programme of hands-on courses, lectures, workshops and, of course, social events will keep everyone educated and entertained.
Once again, parallel sessions on Friday and Saturday will offer a wide choice of topics to attendees, while sessions for our technician, nurse and hygienist colleagues ensure that the entire dental team is catered for. The business of the Conference will be dealt with at the IDA and IDU AGM, which takes place on Thursday evening at 6.00pm. A CPR/medical emergency workshop will allow you to address a core CPD requirement, or you can support the dentists of the future by paying a visit to the poster presentations for the Tony Costello Memorial Award. As always, our social programme is a vital addition to the conference, with golf, a fun run, and the Annual Dinner to look forward to, while the trade show will allow you to support our colleagues in the dental trade, without whom events like this could not take place.
Our Pre-Conference Programme on Thursday features an impressive range of hands-on courses, led by eminent experts from home and abroad. Professor Ken Kurtz extols the virtues of removable partial dentures in two half-day courses, while Drs PJ Byrne and Declan Corcoran will spend Thursday afternoon telling us all we need to know about crown lengthening. Dr Tim Donley shares his expertise in periodontics in two half-day courses – one for dentists and one for hygienists – while Dr David Clarke presents a full-day course on anterior and posterior composites. Finally, Professor Terry Donovan will give a fascinating full-day course looking at a number of controversial topics in restorative dentistry, teasing out the pros and cons and attempting to offer guidance to dental professionals.
Once again, Friday is dental team day, with parallel lectures taking place on a wide range of topics. Clinical topics include presentations on successful strategies for tooth whitening from Lina Greenwall, diagnosis and management of dental erosion from Terry Donovan, and caring for patients with cancer from Eleanor O’Sullivan. Alternatively, you can hear Michelle Murphy on dermatology for dentists, Jennifer Pinder on treating phobic patients, and Eanna Falvey on head and facial trauma in sport. In the afternoon, both groups will come together for the final two presentations. Tim Newton will present the Journal of the Irish Dental Association lecture ‘Psychological approaches to dental anxiety: a proportionate approach’, and Ben Goldacre will bring the session to a close with an entertaining and insightful presentation on ‘Bad Science’.
Saturday’s session sees the various professional groups catered to by tailored sessions. For dentists, another parallel session offers some excellent options for the day. Tara Renton covers the painless management of the oral surgical patient, Hal Duncan asks why we are failing in endodontic outcomes, and Ken Kurtz gives an update on post and core. In the alternative session, Stephe Fayle looks at dental caries in young children, Sean McCarthy looks at veneers, and Andrew Bolas tells us how to get the best diagnosis from our radiographs. Meanwhile, sessions for dental nurses, technicians and hygienists will look at communication, oral surgery, anterior aesthetic treatment, peri-implantitis, and ultrasonic debridement.
Once again, registered delegates can cover one of the mandatory requirements for continuing professional development (CPD) by taking this workshop on CPR/medical emergencies on Saturday, April 18. All members of the dental team are welcome; booking takes place on the day subject to availability.
This year sees the return of a range of popular events, with indoor and outdoor activities to suit all tastes.
The President’s Golf Competition will take place from 2.30pm at Cork Golf Club, Little Island (pictured above), on Thursday April 16. Conference delegates, accompanying persons and trade exhibitors are all welcome to play. Anyone who is registered for a pre-conference course on Thursday can play on Wednesday, April 15, in the afternoon instead, if they wish.
Please join our trade colleagues on Thursday evening, directly after the AGM, for the official opening of our “Evidentaly” trade show by the newly inaugurated IDA President Dr Anne Twomey. Fun, music and drinks will be provided for all.
Following this, everyone is invited to a buffet supper in the Rochestown Park Hotel from 9.00pm. Tickets are priced at €25 and are available from IDA House.
Our Annual Dinner takes place on Friday evening and will, as ever, be the highlight of the conference. A drinks reception at 7.30pm will be followed by dinner and dancing. Dress code is black tie, and this year’s guest of honour will be Donal Óg Cusack, former Cork hurler, GAA pundit, and Chairman of the GPA (pictured above).
If you feel like a challenge after the late night on Friday, we are once again holding our 5K fun run on Saturday morning. Run, jog or walk around the Douglas area of Cork City, with all proceeds going to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
We have made some changes to one of our awards this year.
Dr Joe Moloney Award
2015 sees a complete revamp of the Dr Joe Moloney Award, which will be awarded to an outstanding Irish presenter/lecturer at our conference, chosen by delegates. The Award, kindly sponsored by the Dental Health Foundation, will be chosen on the final day of the conference when all delegates will have the chance to nominate their presenter of choice.
Tony Costello Memorial Medal
The competition for the Tony Costello Memorial Medal is judged on a table demonstration or poster presentation of not more than 10 minutes on a subject applicable to general dental practice.