VIC Annual Clinical Day

The ASO Victoria Branch held our Annual Clinical Day in conjunction with the University of Melbourne Orthodontic Alumni on Friday 15 November at the RACV City Club in Melbourne.  

It was certainly great to see so many familiar faces again, and for some this seems to be the only opportunity during the year to meet and catch up.

Firstly, I would like to extend the Victorian Committee's congratulations to the four final year students who have made it through the orthodontic programme at the University of Melbourne. They performed their second-last formal duty as a student in presenting their research to the audience - their last duty, of course, is to publish it! Many of us would say, however, that we are all really students for life and the day we feel we stop learning something is probably the day we should put the pliers down and pick up another hobby.

Emeritus Professor Rolf Behrents provided attendees with a wonderful historical overview of growth in orthodontics for his first lecture. His second lecture gave members a timely update on sleep apnoea and he gave some very humorous and very real insight in his third presentation into how not to write a journal paper. Dr Helen Marchant, a specialist in special needs dentistry, gave us a very personal experience of how to manage patients who are on the autism spectrum disorder.

Dr Daniela Storino, from the University of Sao Paulo, presented on common mistakes in the treatment of Class II malocclusion, which on the surface may seem like an all-too-common topic, but she presented material that many of us would consider controversial. On the flip side, perhaps our own ideas and philosophies do need to be challenged from time to time, and when we are faced with information that contradicts what we have become accustomed to, then would this not encourage us to delve back into our notes and journals to reaffirm what we have learnt and what the evidence says, and therefore would this not be a good thing?

The ASOVB Annual Dinner was held at Palermo Restaurant, an Argentinian steakhouse located in one of the CBD laneways that Melbourne is renowned for. The small group who attended were treated to a set menu covering many classic Argentinian dishes, including pork cooked famously over a fire pit and steak cooked over a traditional Parrilla charcoal grill. Melbournians are unashamedly "foodies" and we are always looking to hold the Annual Dinner at a special venue and Palermo was no different.

The day could not have been possible without the support of our industry partners, and I would like to thank AB Orthodontics, American Orthodontics, Dental Monitoring, Dentaurum Australia, DentiCare, Experien, Invisalign, Ormco, SureSmile and 3M for their generous support.

I would also like to thank Dr Albert Wong for his hard work in putting together this year's event as well as his dedication over the past 20-plus years. He has been a stalwart of the University of Melbourne Orthodontic Alumni and I'm pleased to announce that he has enlisted the help of a younger Alumni in Dr Arjun Atresh to organise next year's Clinical Day. I would encourage all members and Alumni to extend their gratitude to Albert in their own way and I'm sure he is looking forward to attending this event one day purely as an attendee, without having to worry about speakers talking overtime or whether his colleagues are enjoying the food!

Thank you for reading and best wishes to you and your families as the festive season approaches.

Francis Wong