Friday 6 May 2016    
12:45 pm - 5:00 pm


Bookings closed


City West Receptions
45 Plaistowe Mews, West Perth, WA, 6005

Event Type

Gingival Pathology : Classification, Diagnosis and Referral Pathways.

Professor Camile Farah   |   Oral Medicine Specialist

Dr Melanie McAlpine | Periodontist


Plaque related gingival disease is the most common infectious disease affecting mankind, however it is easily confused with non-plaque-related gingival conditions. Understanding when to refer to a Periodontist and when to refer to an Oral Medicine Specialist can decrease diagnostic delay and provide patients with better health outcomes, particularly in the case of advanced conditions.

In this seminar, gingival conditions will be explored from the perspective of both Periodontics and Oral Medicine. The seminar will provide an update on the classification, terminology and clinical management of both plaque related and non-plaque related conditions, and will highlight diagnostic tips and clinical hints for better assessment. This seminar will also comprehensively review the clinical, histologic, and serologic findings of commonly encountered gingival conditions, and include other rare disorders that should be considered in the differential diagnosis of diseases of the gingival complex.

The oral health practitioner can play a crucial role in the diagnosis of gingival conditions, some of which can cause significant morbidity and even mortality. Understanding suitable referral pathways and how to triage patients can save time, stress and improve patient outcomes.

Professor Camile S Farah1,2,3

Camile F1BDSc, MDSc (OralMed OralPath), PhD, GCEd (HE), GCExLead, FRACDS (OralMed), FOMAA, FIAOO, FICD, FPFA

1 Professor of Oral Oncology, and Director of Australian Centre for Oral Oncology Research & Education, University of Western Australia

2 Head of School of Dentistry, and Director of Oral Health Centre of WA, University of Western Australia

3 Oral Medicine Specialist, Perth Oral Medicine & Dental Sleep Centre, West Leederville

Professor Camile Farah is Professor of Oral Oncology, Head of the School of Dentistry, and Director of the Oral Health Centre of WA, at the University of Western Australia.

Professor Farah obtained his undergraduate dental degree from the University of Western Australia (1996), and practiced dentistry while completing a PhD in Oral Pathology & Immunology (2000), and his specialist training in both Oral Medicine & Oral Pathology (2002) at the University of Queensland. He gained further experience in oral diagnostic sciences in Oral Medicine at the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2005) and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership (2013).

Professor Farah is a registered specialist in both Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology with sub-specialty training in Oral Oncology. He has interests in clinical oral medicine and surgical oral pathology (oral mucosal pathology, salivary gland diseases, orofacial pain), diagnostic head and neck pathology (oral cancer and precancer), and oral and maxillofacial radiology (bone pathology).

Professor Farah is a Fellow of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia, the International Academy of Oral Oncology, the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (Oral Medicine), the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In addition, he is the recipient of many national and international awards, scholarships and honours. He serves on the editorial boards for several journals including Oral Diseases and Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine, and is a regular speaker at national and international meetings. He is the Past President of the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia and served as its Inaugural President, Past President of the Australian & New Zealand Division of the International Association for Dental Research, Vice Chairman of the Australian Dental Research Foundation and Chairman of its Research Advisory Committee.

Professor Farah has authored 120 peer reviewed publications including 10 book chapters, and has attracted approximately $5 million in competitive research funding. His research interests in oral oncology span optical imaging systems (Optical Fluorescence Imaging and Narrow Band Imaging), molecular genomics (Next Generation Sequencing), and clinical trials in early cancer detection and surgical margin delineation.

Professor Farah has collaborations with industry partners including LED Dental (Velscope), Star Dental (Identafi), Olympus (Narrow Band Imaging), Henry Schein Halas, Colgate Palmolive, Agilent Technologies (microRNA arrays, exome sequencing), and Life Technologies (SOLiD, Ion Torrent, Ion Proton) and works with these companies to extend R&D and clinical use of new products and technology, while also identifying commercialization opportunities for his work specifically in the area of molecular diagnostics.

Dr Melanie McAlpineMel Mc Alpine pic

BDSc(Hons), MDSc(Perio), MRACDS
Periodontist, Western Periodontics, 176 Aberdeen St, Northbridge

Dr Melanie McAlpine completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Western Australia in 1993 and graduated with Honours. She subsequently undertook a Masters in Periodontology at the same university, completing this in 1999. Immediately following graduation Melanie relocated to London, England where she enjoyed a combination of private specialist practice in Guildford, Surrey and a teaching position at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Melaniereturned to full time specialist practice in Perth in 2002 and is currently in full time practice in Northbridge. The practice has a keen interest in the management of periodontal disease and health, as well as a strong implant referral base focusing on predictable and aesthetic osseointegrated implant treatment. Melanie has been an active member of local and federal societies including the Australian Society of Periodontology, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Periodontists and the Australian Osseointegration Society.


Event registration from 12.30 – Light refreshments served (Tea and coffee only)
Programme begins 12.45pm  – Afternoon tea served mid afternoon
Programme concludes  5.00pm

CPD   4 Hours per seminar

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued at  the completion of each seminar.  In most cases this will be emailed

A tally of all CPD hours gained through EdgePD will be kept on file.  This is assist you in managing your CPD hours and reporting to AHPRA.

There is complimentary parking at the City West Complex (under Scitec)

A parking voucher will be emailed to you at the commencement of the week of the event.

Please print this voucher and display on your dashboard.  The local council enforces wheel clamping in this precinct.


Bookings are closed for this event.