The Southland Branch of the NZ Dental Association hold an annual meeting in Queenstown for quality professional development and valuable peer contact.

The 2024 meeting will be held on Friday the 27th & Saturday the 28th of September at the Skyline Gondola. Registrations close on Thursday 12 September.

The registration fee includes the gondola transfers each day. Attendees are requested to arrive at the base of the gondola between 9:30am and 9:45am.

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Additional dinner tickets can be purchased during checkout.

Friday 27th September

managing tooth wear in general practice

Tooth wear is the third most common dental pathology after caries and periodontal disease. Dr Andrea Shepperson will provide an in-depth look at tooth wear from a general practice perspective.

This presentation will cover the current science & clinical practice, a decision tree for wear evaluation, techniques for setting new vertical positions, interdisciplinary design & planning, and the use of novel materials.

Dr Andrea Shepperson is a leading dentist and educator in New Zealand, specialising in managing tooth wear and interdisciplinary reconstruction. She owns Shepperson Education, a teaching facility on Waiheke Island, and is a mentor at the Kois Center in Seattle. Dr Shepperson is an Honorary Life Member of the NZ Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a Global Ambassador for Slow Dentistry.

Dinner – Blue Kanu

$120 per person.

Join us for some relaxed peer contact and delicious food at Blue
Kanu on Friday night. An evening not to be missed!

Mixing both Pacifica and Asian style, together with blending the two cultures aims to create a style and feel that we call “Polynasia”. The combination of Asian cuisine is recognised as healthy, fresh and exotic, encompassing Pacific influence, along with ancient spices, helping to create the new cultural soul food not seen in this region before.

Saturday 28th September


Dr. Peter Cathro will discuss the latest advancements in endodontic care, focusing on: case selection, calcium silicates, and chemo-mechanical debridement.

Dr Peter Cathro is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at Otago University. He has extensive experience in endodontics, having worked in private practice and academia. Dr Cathro has lectured internationally and has a PhD in microbiology, with research interests in microbial adaptation and endodontic applications of hydroxyapatite.

Red, White, and Everything in Between: Managing Common Oral Lesions

This session will provide a comprehensive overview of common oral lesions, focusing on: assessment & diagnosis, systematic investigation, and oral potentially malignant disorders (OPMD).

Dr Jesslyn Praganta is an Oral Surgeon at Fernbrae House, specialising in wisdom teeth and dental implants. She has a special interest in postoperative pain management and oral surgery education.

Dr Benedict Seo is a Senior Lecturer, Head of the Oral Pathology Centre, and Deputy Head of the Department of Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences at Otago University. His research focuses on the pathogenesis of oral cancer, odontogenic lesions, and immune-mediated oral diseases. He is a member of several professional organisations and has received numerous awards for his contributions to the field.

Common Problems with Extracting Teeth and Strategies for Overcoming Them

Dr Karen Becconsall will speak on common problems with extracting teeth & share her strategies for overcoming them.

Dr Karyn Becconsall is a New Zealand-trained Oral Surgeon and owner of Fernbrae House, specialising in intricate oral surgery procedures. She has extensive experience in trauma and medical condition cases and has worked in both general practice and academic settings.

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Additional dinner tickets can be purchased during checkout.

Sponsors for 2024

The Branch is very grateful to our generous sponsors who help make the conference a success.