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Dentists and Domestic Violence: Part One

June 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


This lecture will focus on Foundations for Dental Practitioners and Oral Health Professionals and is the first in the two-part series.

COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in increased prevalence of domestic and family violence. Dental practitioners have a critical role to play in identifying patients experiencing domestic and family violence, responding sensitively throughout the delivery of oral health care, and in facilitating referral on to appropriate services. With Dentists and domestic violence – recognise, respond and refer training, dental practitioners develop the knowledge and skills to make a significant difference to a patient’s quality of life and may prevent a death.

Domestic violence impacts significantly on dental health, through neglect, physical trauma and the potential for anxiety, fear and trauma-induced responses affecting visits to the dentist. Regaining optimal oral health following domestic abuse has the potential to positively improve not only individual self-esteem but also the overall health of survivors and their families. Dentists are uniquely positioned to make a difference to the lives of patients who have experienced DV because they routinely assess the head and neck, where signs of trauma are often visible, such as fractured teeth and facial bones, strangulation marks, bruises, and scratches. Furthermore, dentists frequently encounter common more subtle manifestations of DV that can seriously impact dental treatment and general health, such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. However, many dental practitioners feel under-prepared for providing appropriate ‘whole of practice’ care to patients who have experienced abuse.

These two professional development sessions aim to build a shared understanding of domestic and family violence with a focus on strategies designed to address this concern by guiding dental practitioners on responding appropriately to their patients so as to improve the experience and outcomes for all.

This Dentists and Domestic Violence – Recognise, respond and refer CPD session will provide oral health professionals with foundational information to guide their practice with patients who are experiencing domestic violence.

More information on the ADAQ website.


June 8, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Australian Dental Association Queensland
(07) 3252 9866
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