The Dental Assistants Professional Association is proud to host this National Conference in 2021. The Annual National Dental Assistants Conference represents one of the biggest dental assistant gatherings in Australia, attracting not only assistants but all dental team members from around the country.

Join us for a fantastic line-up of topics and exceptional presenters suitable for all the dental team. In its 14th year, this popular event provides a huge choice of sessions, including the esteemed Dental Assisting Awards of Excellence for those dedicated team members who deserve recognition by their professional peers.

  • Spectacular program
  • Virtual Trade exhibition - New products and services
  • Quizzes, Awards and Prizes
  • Chat room for networking and questions

Your invitation

You are warmly invited to the Dental Assistants Professional Association National Conference Saturday 13th March 2021. As we all navigate a time of much change, our original plans for a two day in-house event have been reshaped by current restrictions in our new COVID safe environment.

We don’t want you to miss this event through possible COVID restrictions, so have moved from our original conference centre to a Virtual Conference Platform which you can view from the comfort of your own office PC, laptop or mobile device in your own home or workplace. This means everyone in all states and territories will be able to share in this excellent opportunity for professional development and a great interactive time of fun.

Using an easy interactive program you can listen to your selection of presentations, interact with exhibitors, participate in competitions, network with colleagues and win prizes. It will be a great fun and educational experience! Bring your career aspirations and aim high! If conditions allow, its a good opportunity to build workplace team relationships and view as a group, perhaps including your own mini conference lunch break together?

The program of excellent presenters will bring you exciting innovations that are transforming dentistry, new ways to meet future business trends, and ensure your skills and knowledge are up-to-date to deal with the changing oral health landscape of 2021. There will be topics relevant to the new COVID management systems and our exhibitor information will inform your choice of items for the practice. The program encompasses all the dental team – Clinicians, Practice Managers, Clinical Co-ordinators, Hygienists, Oral Health Therapists and Dental Assistants.   Our aim is to motivate and inspire you, as well as provide an opportunity to obtain professional development with your colleagues from some of the most highly respected clinicians and professionals of this industry.


At the close of the day, we will be acknowledging the amazing contribution that dental assistants provide to the profession through the presentation of the Vern Barnett Awards for Excellence in Dental Assisting. If you have an indispensable team member, someone who has been invaluable to the practice and has inspired your career, nominate them for one of the award categories of the Vern Barnett Awards.

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Terry Mcauley


David Wenban

Managing Director, Australian Health Industry Group

Cathy Schafer


Leonard Brown

General Manager - Mun Australia

Dr Markijan Hupalo

Sydney Prosthodontics

Dr John Fahey

Managing Director - Cynergex Group

Kathy Metaxas

Director - PLATINUM Professional Development

Dr Michelle Heffernan

President - Eastern Suburbs Dental Group

Dr Soni Stephen

President - Australian and NZ Society of Paediatric Dentistry

Dr Alexander Holden

Senior Lecturer - University of Sydney

Dr Angelo Lazaris

Sydney Cosmetic Dentist

Karen Cusack

Health Complaints Commissioner - Victoria

Dr Sandra Meihubers

Member of the Order of Australia

Dr Penelope Jones

Working Posture for the Dental Profession

Assoc Professor Mark Schifter

University of Sydney

The Conference program is continually being updated, check back often for the updates.

Registration & Pricing

Details of pricing and discounts can be found on our secure registration page.

Vern-Barnett Awards for Excellence in Dental Assisting

The Vern-Barnett Awards have been established to commemorate the contributions made by Mrs Kathy and Dr Brian Vern-Barnett as individuals and as a team to the education, advancement and recognition of Dental Assisting as integral to the professional standing of the dental health team.

Each year the Dental Assistants Professional Association gives dental practices, employers and staff the opportunity to nominate a dental assistant who has done something extraordinary in the profession of dental assisting for an award recognising their excellence.

Perhaps this person has influenced a student, volunteered to help the underserved, organised continuing education courses, developed procedures to improve the workplace, been an exceptional mentor for staff or made your workplace a better environment in which to operate.

We all know these people. They are the unsung heroes, those who reach out to their colleagues and patients because they have a passion for their profession and want to inspire that passion in others.

Download nomination form


A Guide to internal Infection Prevention and control audit

Ms. Terry McAuley

Dental Trauma through the ages

Dr. Michelle Heffernan

Shade Selection – A Chairside Perspective on Current and Developing TrendsIncluding Trade Exhibition

Dr Markijan Hupalo

Oral Health Care Beyond the Mainstream

Dr. Sandra Meihubers

The Clinical, Environmental and Therapeutic Innovations Coming to Exam Gloves

Mr. Len Brown

Ensuring socially safe dental practice: Is your practice really caring for oral health and patients?

Dr Alexander Holden

Ergonomics in your clinic

Dr. Penelope Jones

Policies? Procedures? How to write them, how to make sense of them, how to know what you need.Session 5a

Ms. Cathy Schafer

The 10 Step plan to better staff performance in your clinic
Know your award and what you are worth

Mr. David Wenban

Dental marketing in the digital age
Teeth whitening…tips and tricks for successful outcomes

Dr Angelo Lazaris

Simply the Best: Better than all the rest - An insight into the world of dentistry for children

Dr Soni Stephen

Generational differences - how this affects us as a team

Ms Kathy Metaxas

Trade Exhibition

A comprehensive trade exhibition will be available in the “virtual exhibition hall” where you can download brochures and chat with the exhibitors.