Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice

Professional Conduct and Ethical Practice
This lecture is designed for dentists, hygienists and oral health therapists.

Course Overview

This presentation is an in-depth analysis of the guiding principles of the updated DBA/AHPRA shared Code of Conduct, which underpins professional practice for all dental practitioners.

Professionalism embodies all the qualities of a dental professional as described in the DBA Code of Conduct and includes self-awareness and self-reflection.

Practitioners have a duty to keep their skills and knowledge up to date, refine and develop their clinical judgement as they gain experience, and to contribute to their profession.

Ethical practice is a quality that the DBA expects from all practitioners. Dental Practitioners are expected to act at all times in a manner that will uphold and enhance the integrity, dignity and reputation of the profession.

Breaches of the DBA Code of Conduct can result in conditions being placed on your registration, or suspension.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • identify the qualities of professional conduct and behaviour
  • apply the principles of open disclosure and how to appropriately manage complaints from patients
  • understand what the DBA expects regarding professional behaviour
  • apply the principles of ethical practice
  • understand what professional boundaries are, and the consequences of breaching those relationships

Presenter/s biography

Dr Martin Webb


Dr Martin Webb is a dentist in private practice on the Sunshine Coast. He has served in the past as the ADA Federal Vice President, the ADAQ State President, is currently the Vice Chair of the ADA Schedule and Third Party Committee and an ADA Federal Councillor for Queensland. He has conducted CPD lectures for over 10 years for ADAQ, and recently for ADA Victoria, University of Sydney, UWA dental school, UQ dental school, DHAA and ADOHTA. Dr Webb acts as an AHPRA auditor, mentor and educator to assist dentists with conditions on their registration. As a member of the ADAQ Peer review panel, he provides advice to ADAQ staff working to assist dentists with health fund audits, AHPRA complaints and Professional Indemnity insurance legal claims. Dr Webb serves on the Australian Government Professional Services Review Panel, to review inappropriate Medicare billing under the CDBS. In 2023 he was appointed to the ADC examiner panel.

He provides expert opinion reports for professional indemnity insurance lawyers, and has worked in the past as a clinical expert for OHO, the co-regulators in Qld. Dr Webb is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In 2022, Dr Webb was appointed as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney School of Dentistry.


Event Pricing

ADA Member Dentist - FREE
Non-Member Dentist - $55


CPD Points

1.5 Scientific hours


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5/14/2024 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Online, QLD 4006 AUSTRALIA

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