6th Walkabout Conference

Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd September 2017 // Brisbane Australia

About the Conference

Oral health professionals face challenges from the patient groups we care for, and dentistry is changing from a Special Needs Dentistry perspective. We are engaging more systematically with consumers and there is an increasing awareness of the need for patient centred care. We have an ageing population, and both the general population and the Special Needs Dentistry population are ageing. This creates many challenges for Oral Health professionals. The population of medically compromised patients is growing, as advances in health care means that survival rates for people with severe chronic illnesses are better than it has ever been before. Adding to this, the incidence of people diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum in Australia is rising for both males and females. The needs of frail elderly people, those with head and neck cancer, and those on the Autism Spectrum, will be highlighted at this conference. 


Professor Ron Ettinger, an Australian Dentist from Iowa USA, is well known for his extensive research, teaching and work with frail elderly people, and is our keynote speaker. He is joined by a talented group of local dentists and specialists, other health care providers and consumers who will present on the range of topics from different perspectives.


Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane, QLD

The RICC is Australia’s newest convention centre, located in the Brisbane Showgrounds precinct, on Gregory Terrace at Bowen Hills. It is an easy 10 minute walk from the UQ Oral Health Centre and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Opposite the RICC is a brand new four and a half star Rydges Hotel, while nearby is the vibrant King Street dining hub. Within 10 minutes walk is Fortitude Valley, which boasts some of the best boutique shopping in Brisbane along with a diverse range of entertainment options. The RICC is in easy reach of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.


Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia and capital of, and gateway to, the ‘Sunshine State’ of Queensland. Known for its year round sunny pleasant weather, Brisbane is a melting pot of history, culture, shopping, dining and nightlife. Modern architecture beautifully contrasts with impressive historic buildings that complete the city's stunning skyline that comes alive at night. Brisbane is also home to an excellent cultural precinct featuring museums, galleries, theatres and festivals.