Stephen Liew, Federal Councillor, immediate Past President of ADA Victorian Branch, and a member of the Local Organising Committee for the Australian Dental Congress to be held in Melbourne in 2017 reflects on his first Congress experience:
Fresh out of university, a group of friends and I attended our first Australian Dental Congress. We were spurred on by our employers who encouraged their entire dental teams to attend. As a new graduate, the Congress could have been overwhelming, but surrounded by friends it was a great experience that provided unrivalled opportunity to meet colleagues at all career stages. We were exposed to the latest products to make our working lives easier; and days of seemingly endless professional development topics that filled our CPD logbooks to the brim.
The camaraderie amongst the staggering number of attendees reminded us not to take working life too seriously, and above all, the days spent at Congress inspired us to realise we were proudly a part of a forward-thinking profession vital to society, in a country which values scientifically based, quality dental treatment.
In short, Congress combined our profession, parties and great people unlike any other event in the country. Like Netflix, we knew every moment was enjoyable yet had no idea how those hours passed by so fast. Years later, we are still in contact with the friends we made and the mentors we met, to the benefit of our working lives.
This unforgettable experience has formed the basis of my thinking as the youngest member of the Local Organising Committee for the 2017 Congress. The Organising Committee recognises that the landscape of dentistry has changed for recent graduates. With this in mind we have done our best to ensure the 37th Australian Dental Congress is an unmissable event for this key demographic of our profession.
Events of interest include practical techniques that can be applied immediately back at work; lectures on cutting-edge dental technology for a generation born with a touchscreen in-hand; and clear clinical guidance on controversial topics like Botox – you will find it all at Congress 2017.
If, like most dentists, you enjoy education as much as eating, you’ll find a buffet of over 80 Lunch and Learn sessions to select from across almost every dental specialty recognised in Australia.
Finally, we haven’t forgotten that catching up with friends from across the country is one of the highlights of every congress. With our vibrant Wednesday night Welcome Reception, our Congress Late Night Saturday event on the water at Peninsula Docklands, groundbreaking social media interactivity and countless other get-together opportunities, this Congress is one that whilst being invaluable for our professional lives, doesn’t take itself too seriously.
See you on the dance floor!