Join ADOHTA SA NT for a Celebration at The Edinburgh Hotel Adelaide

6pm - 8pm

1-7 Hight Street, Mitcham SA 5062

Includes a Welcome Drink on arrival and Canape's

ADOHTA is celebrating the end of year & welcome to the profession,

Careers Beyond the Dental Chair for Oral Health Practitioners!

A panel of Oral Health Professionals will give a short 'Ted Talk' style presentation about their careers in oral health to showcase the many areas of employment present for Oral Health Practitioner's.

This is event is proudly sponsored by 


Members $25.00

DHAA Members $31.25 

Non-Members $50.00

1 Hour Scientific CPD


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Biography: Cathy Snelling

Cathy Snelling graduated from the South Australian School of Dental Therapy in 1979 and is still active in clinical practice and oral health education. She has worked in regional, remote and metropolitan sites as a clinician and in both public and private settings. Cathy is particularly proud of her involvement in the development of the Bachelor of Oral Health at the University of Adelaide and ensured the integrity and professional values of her discipline were inherent in the new degree program. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2020 was made an honorary Fellow of the International College of Dentists. She continues to be involved in the oral health profession through her clinical practice, her work in colleague professional development and assessment and accreditation roles for the Australian Dental Council.

Biography: Sophie Karanicolas

Sophie Karanicolas is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide. She is a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, Educational Specialist with PLUS 2 Consultancy and most recently held a position as Principal Consultant for the Centre for Educator Practice, TAFE SA. Sophie graduated as a dental hygienist from TAFE SA’s Diploma Course in 1980 and developed the first National Training Package for TAFE SA’s ADOH. In 1999, Sophie co-developed the Adelaide BOH program and was a part of the development, coordination and teaching team for a 20-year period. Sophie has been the recipient of many teaching awards such as the prestigious Australian National Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching and the University of Adelaide’s Vice Chancellors and Presidents Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Back in the late 90s the University of Adelaide formed a working group to investigate the feasibility of offering a Bachelor of Oral Health degree program, that was based on a merged and uplifted version of the then Diploma of Dental Therapy and Diploma of Dental Hygiene programs. As the course coordinators of these programs, Cathy and Sophie were integral members of the first working group and were consequently allocated the task of mapping both programs to develop a 'great degree' - the Adelaide BOH! Cathy and Sophie will outline the history and the experience of how they worked together to make sure the 'best' of both diplomas wasn't lost in the new degree but to also enhance and build on the good aspects to make them great. It wasn't always smooth sailing, but the end result was achieved through enormous effort, negotiation, collaboration, goodwill, and (it must be said) a degree of stress.  As the saying goes 'nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm' and the process of how the BOH came together with all of its highs and lows will be shared by Cathy and Sophie.

Biography: William Carlson-Jones

William 'CJ' Carlson-Jones is an Oral Health Therapist currently working as a Lecturer in the Discipline of Oral Health with the University of Sydney. Completing his Bachelor of Oral Health, Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science, and Master of Business Administration CJ has also commenced further studies undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy with the University of Queensland. His research will focus primarily on impact the transitional workforce from dental therapist to oral health therapist might have upon consumers, public dental services, tertiary institutions, and regional areas. He is the Vice President for the Australian Dental & Oral Health Therapists’ Association (ADOHTA) and is a strong advocate for a team approach to dental care. CJ continues to strive for high-level corporate governance through his membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He is a founding representative on the Colgate Advocates for Oral Health: Editorial Community.

Biography: Dianne George

Dianne graduated as a Dental Therapist for SA Dental Service in 1977 and commenced a long career based in Port Augusta. She travelled with the RFDS providing dental services in Oodnadatta, Andamooka, and Marree, whilst also assisting staffing at Leigh Creek, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Pika Wiya including 13 months experience as LOM for Eyre. For many years Dianne was supervisor of Bachelor of Oral Health students whilst on rural placement in Pt Augusta. In 2009 she began a .4FTE position in Roxby Downs, necessitating a 6 hr round trip, where the most inspiring, and respectful rural/remote focussed dentist encouraged her to open her own practice. In 2015, full of enthusiasm and confidence, Dianne resigned from SADS and ventured into the world of dental practice ownership in Port Augusta, purchasing an office building, renovating, and outfitting as a 2-chair dental surgery. She started with staff of 3 which has grown to 14 and a ‘0’client base, currently at 2093 clients. She notes the challenges have been great and overwhelming at times but the personal satisfaction knowing you are in control over the outcomes achieved, and the quality of services and patient care provided, are most rewarding. The business has been recognised with many Pt Augusta Business Awards since opening. She looks forward to expanding on her experiences and encouraging others to pursue their dreams…. you really are never too old! After many years working in the public dental service, Dental Therapist Dianne George decided to take the plunge into the world of private practice ownership in the rural community of Port Augusta, South Australia. Entering into a new domain for non-dentist practice owners at the time, Di managed to overcome many challenges over the years to grow her business into the thriving clinic is it today. Di has been a trailblazer for the dental and oral health therapy profession in South Australia showing that practice ownership can be viable path for dental and oral health therapists. 

Biography: Jan Thomas

Jan has over 5 years’ experience within the Professional / Medical Indemnity Industry. Jan is responsible for SA, NT and WA and is based in Adelaide.  MIPS is an Australian not-for-profit indemnity provider to over 50,000 dental and medical practitioners with many oral health therapists in the mix.  During this session, Jan will discuss the importance of professional indemnity insurance, some key cases and examples, and give opportunity for attendees to ask any questions they may have.  MIPS believes that supporting our members beyond indemnity insurance is paramount resulting in Jan spending most of her time out in the fieldIn her leisure time Jan loves, nothing better than grabbing a coffee and heading to the beach with her beautiful 7-year-old Beagle, Audrey for some fresh air / a run around and some time away from the laptop.