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Dental Protection Australia

The Dental Protection Australia podcast channel discusses the key and current dentolegal risks and issues affecting dental practitioners across Australia. The Dental Protection advisory team provide helpful advice and guidance on how to steer clear of dentolegal risks, assisting you to provide safe and high quality dental care for your patients. RiskBites provides short, bite sized guidance for some of the issues impacting the profession right now.

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RiskBites: Business Continuity Planning

This podcast outlines the importance of a business continuity plan and why you need one for your practice. With the ever-changing environment, particularly around a pandemic, none of us are immune to being subject to change. By having measures in place to safe guard your dental practice it provides peace of mind to you and your team about the role each person plays in handling a crisis. Learn about what a business continuity plan includes, who needs to oversee it, who decides to use it and where it should be stored.

15mins

26 Sep 2021

Rank #1

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RiskBites: Record keeping – an arduous but vital task

Dr Annalene Weston and Dr Kiran Keshwara discuss the importance of keeping and maintaining detailed and accurate records.

9mins

29 Aug 2021

Rank #2

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CaseMatters: You are negligent

In this episode of CaseMatters, Dr Annalene Weston will guide you through the case study ‘You are negligent’. The accusation of negligence is one often made, and is rarely based on an actual negligent act, but rather is the voicing of a patients perception of events or how you have made them feel. This podcast explores what makes a practitioner negligent and consequently whether any of the practitioners involved were actually negligent.

22mins

22 Aug 2021

Rank #3

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CaseMatters: You didn't fix my bite

This case study explores the unfortunate series of events that followed an orthodontic treatment that did not go to plan. This resulted in stress for the patient, dentist and even reached AHPRA through a formal complaint. Hear from the people involved and find out the final outcome as well as what lessons can be learnt from this situation

26mins

1 Aug 2021

Rank #4

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RiskBites: Difficult conversations in difficult situations

Dealing with a difficult situation doesn’t always mean a conversation directly between you and a patient, it could be with their partner, parents or carers. In this episode of RiskBites Dr Annalene Weston and Ms Kristen Trafford Wiezel, Case Manager at Dental Protection explore what steps you can take to prepare yourself when dealing with a difficult conversation.

11mins

25 Jul 2021

Rank #5

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RiskBites: Why it’s important to know a patient’s medical history

Good clinical information gathering allows for safe dental treatment – but how often should medical histories be taken? And what are the consequences if it is not done properly? In this episode of RiskBites Dr Mike Rutherford and Dr Annalene Weston discuss the three criterion to base the decision to review a patient and how the importance of keeping good records can help Dental Protection defend you against a patient complaint.

13mins

4 Jul 2021

Rank #6

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CaseMatters: You have shortened my life

In this episode of Casematters, Dr Mike Rutherford and Dr Annalene Weston explore the cases where an allegation that the dental practitioner has missed oral cancer is made. Find out the potential legal and regulatory pathways that a matter like this would take, the likely outcomes and how they differ. In addition to this, hear about the impacts that this event has had on each person involved.

38mins

27 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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RiskBites: Saying no to patients, Can we? Should we? And how do we do it?

Saying no to patients isn’t always easy, but in some instances, it can be necessary for the patient, and for you. In this episode of RiskBites Dr Annalene Weston and Dr Kiran Keshwara explore examples of when healthcare professionals have felt it necessary to refuse treatment. https://www.dentalprotection.org/australia/publications-resources/dentolegal-articles/articles/a-difficult-conversation-in-bariatrics_This episode is part of our podcast series, RiskBites, which provides short, bite-sized guidance around some of the key issues impacting the dental profession right now.

11mins

20 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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RiskBites: Recording Consultations - Friend or Foe

In this episode of RiskBites, Dr Colm Harney and Dr Annalene Weston discuss recording consultations and why patients may feel recording consultations can be beneficial. _This episode is part of our podcast series, RiskBites, which provides short, bite-sized guidance around some of the key issues impacting the dental profession right now.

13mins

6 Jun 2021

Rank #9

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CaseMatters: Why didn't you tell me?

Consent is one of the most important conversations that any clinician has with a patient. Regretfully, many practitioners will bypass the conversation, assuming knowledge. Sometimes they substitute the conversation with written documentation, but what if the patient is not a strong reader and is too embarrassed to tell you? This episode of CaseMatters explores consent in this context.

22mins

30 May 2021

Rank #10