Friday 11 August 2023    
12:45 pm - 5:00 pm


Bookings closed


ADA house
54 Havelock Street, West Perth, Western Australia, 6005

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We are unfortunately cancelling this event due to a lack of demand as it is not viable to run the course with the limited numbers enrolled.

We apologise for the inconvenience and will continue to liaise with our speakers regarding a possible reschedule for 2024.

Dr Fiona Cartwright | Clinical Psychologist & Manager, Eating Disorders Specialist Service

Eating Disorders: The Pivotal Role of the Oral Health Therapist

Eating disorders are serious and complex mental illnesses, with anorexia nervosa having the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder.  Eating disorders can also have significant medical and dental sequalae.  Yet, they often cause people to behave in ways that continue to endanger their health, often with little insight into these dangers.  Given that oral health therapists may well be some of the first clinicians a person with an eating disorder comes into contact with, they are in a unique position to detect its presence and support critical early intervention

This session will provide information about the prevalence, nature, signs and symptoms of eating disorders in the community, and the need for a multidisciplinary treatment approach.  It will examine the oral health therapists role in identifying potential eating disorders and encouraging treatment, as well as maintaining an ongoing supportive relationship with clients who have previously disclosed their experience of an eating disorder.  Referral to appropriate eating disorder treatment services to facilitate multidisciplinary treatment will be discussed.  Given the sizable overlap between eating disorders and trauma, the need for trauma-informed care will also be emphasized.


Dr Fiona Cartwright  is the Service Manager for the recently launched North Metropolitan Eating Disorders Specialist Service, providing intensive and specialist community-based treatment for complex eating disorders.  Previously she was the co-ordinator of Eating Disorder Treatment Programs/senior clinical psychologist at The Hollywood Clinic, where she set up and ran the first and only eating disorder day program in WA for adults.  She was also in private practice at a specialist eating disorder service in Claremont for many years.  Fiona has presented at State and national conferences and various professional bodies on eating disorder treatments and service development.

Fiona completed her Honours, Masters and Doctoral degrees at the University of Western Australia.  Her PhD focused on conceptualizing and managing food craving and its relationship to disordered eating.  She is a credentialed member of the Australian and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED) and a member of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) and the WA Mental Health Commission Eating Disorders Sub-Network Committee.

Dr Alissa Jacobs |  Oral Medicine Specialist

Oral Manifestations of Nutritional Deficiencies

TMD without TMI

Dr Alissa Jacobs will discuss the oral signs and symptoms of nutritional deficiencies often seen in those with eating disorders.  This presentation will include the investigations and overall considerations in the management of nutritional deficiencies. Her second lecture will discuss common presentations of temporomandibular disorders and their management.


Dr Alissa Jacobs BDSc, DClinDent (Oral Med/Oral Path), GradDip DP&PH

The Centre for Oral Medicine and Facial Pain is co-owned and co-led by Dr Alissa Jacobs. With over a decade of formal education in the head and neck region, Dr Jacobs holds a dental degree as well as a Graduate Diploma in Oral Health. In 2009 her interest in Oral Medicine led her to pursue a Doctorate in Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology.

 Dr Jacobs is also a trainer and educator at the University of Western Australia, lecturing and tutoring in both the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry and Doctor of Dental Medicine. She also holds a position as an Honorary Research Fellow and is a Consultant Oral Medicine Specialists at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Dr Jacinta Vu | Oral Medicine Specialist

Oral Soft Tissue Examination

Evaluation of the Orofacial Pain Patient

Dr Jacinta Vu will take you back to basics, with presentations on how to undertake a comprehensive oral soft tissue examination including the use of diagnostic aids, and also how to evaluate a patient with orofacial pain – from history through to examination.



Dr Jacinta Vu  BDsc (Hons), DClinDent (Oral Med/Oral Path), MRACDS (OralMed), FRACDS, FPFA, FADI, FICD

Dr Jacinta Vu is an experienced Oral Medicine Specialist and co-owner of The Centre for Oral Medicine and Facial Pain. She completed her dental degree at UWA in 2001 prior to undertaking specialist Oral Medicine training at the University of Sydney in 2010. Jacinta has worked extensively in private practice, as well as holding a Consultant Oral Medicine Specialist role at Perth Children’s Hospital and Fional Stanley Hospital. Dr Vu has been involved in teaching and lecturing the Doctor of Dental Medicine and Doctor of Clinical Dentistry students at the University of Western Australia and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at UWA. Dr Vu is a Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dentists in the Oral Medicine stream, and a Fellow in the general dental stream.

With a passion for volunteering, Dr Vu is the Clinical Coordinator of Healing Smiles, a probono dental treatment program for survivors of domestic violence in WA.  Dr Vu’s contributions to dentistry and society have been recognised with Fellowships in the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the Academy Dentistry International and the International College of Dentistry.




Event registration from 12.30pm –  Tea, coffee  – afternoon tea provided
Programme begins 12.45pm
Programme concludes 5.00pm


CPD 4 Hours  



Bookings are closed for this event.