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NEW – Cannabis: Implications for Dental Professionals

Presented by ODHA|Duration: 1.5 hours


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Cannabis is a commonly used drug with significant adverse effects and potential for abuse and dependence. Its therapeutic use for specific medical conditions – including neuropathic pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, analgesia in cancer patients and prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting – has been approved by Health Canada. Considering the recent legislative changes for the non-medical use of cannabis, it is expected that its use, adverse effects and risks will become more frequent. Therefore, it is important for healthcare professionals to increase awareness of the organization of the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoid exposure and implications to dental and systemic health.

The learning objectives of this presentation are:

  1. Discuss the basic organization of the endocannabinoid system.
  2. Discuss the mechanisms of action of cannabinoids.
  3. Discuss the adverse effects of cannabis smoking and ingesting on oral health (e.g., xerostomia, periodontal disease, caries, stomatitis and gingival hyperplasia).
  4. Discuss the legal framework of non-medical cannabis use.
  5. Discuss the clinically relevant interactions between cannabis and other compounds, including alcohol and opioids.
  6. Discuss recommendations for prevention and management of non-medical use of cannabis.

Speaker Biography

Dr. José Lança, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology in the Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (U of T). He is also affiliated with the School of Graduate Studies and Centre for the Study of Pain at U of T.

Dr. Lança has been the Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, at U of T and has contributed extensively to curriculum development and teaching of pharmacology. He teaches extensively and is the director of several undergraduate, as well as graduate courses, in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at U of T.

Dr. Lança has recently been invited by Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, to write and present a review on the “Effects of Cannabis Use on Oral Health”. This review has recently been completed.

His dual professional background (MD/PhD) allows him to integrate pertinent research and clinical relevance. He has authored several chapters in medical pharmacology textbooks. He has also edited a pharmacology textbook and has published extensively in various areas including herbal medications, neuropharmacology, and pharmacology of alcoholism and drug abuse.
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NEW: Elder Abuse Identification and Response

Presented by Raeann Rideout, M.A. |Duration: 1.75


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This course is designed to provide an overview of elder abuse and will cover the following learning objectives. Given the nature of your work as a Registered Dental Hygienist, the course will incorporate examples, case studies and legal and ethical practice standards as they pertain to the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario standards of practice and legislation in Ontario.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the definition of elder abuse.
  2. Identify the various forms (financial, physical, sexual, psychological and neglect) and indicators of elder abuse.
  3. Describe risk factors that predispose older adults to elder abuse in community and
    Long-Term Care/Retirement Home settings.
  4. Outline the roles and responsibilities of reporting elder abuse and relevant laws and legislation in Ontario.
  5. Understand intervention and community response to elder abuse, including communicating with an older adult at-risk or who is being abused.
  6. Explore and understand the role of provincial agencies and community services that support and respond to elder abuse and referral.

Speaker Biography:

Raeann Rideout, M.A.

Raeann Rideout is currently the Central East, Regional Elder Abuse Consultant for Elder Abuse Ontario (EAO), where she is responsible for implementing Ontario’s Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse.

In this role, Ms. Rideout has responsibility for implementing EAO’s initiatives, which includes providing public education to seniors, delivering training to front-line professionals and developing educational and prevention training resources targeted for diverse professional sectors and older adults.

Raeann is also a course instructor at Trent University for the Foundations of Elder Abuse Education and Prevention and has more than 20 years of experience working in the field of elder abuse and aging issues.

Raeann is committed to promoting healthy aging to ensure seniors are treated with respect and dignity and live in a safe and secure community.
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NEW – Recent Changes to the Employment Standards Act

Presented by Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner|Duration: 0.5 Hours


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On November 21, 2018 the Ontario government passed Bill 47 – Making Ontario Open for Business Act, which includes changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000(ESA) and the Labour Relations Act, 1995.  Bill 47 undoes many, but not all of the changes the liberal government introduced in Bill 148.

Bill 66 was introduced on December 6, 2018 by the Ontario government which if passed, will make additional key changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000.  Bill 66 does not materially impact the ESA to the degree of the rollbacks and delays under Bill 47.

This update, presented by Patrizia Piccolo, partner at Piccolo Heath LLP, will discuss changes to the ESA that may impact you at your workplace.  Some of the changes highlighted include personal emergency leave/sick days, misclassification of a worker and scheduling.

Patrizia will also discuss the practical impact of the changes in the legislation for employers and employees.

Speaker Biography

Patrizia Piccolo B.A., LL.B., Partner

Patrizia provides strategic advice to both large and small employers and their human resources and management teams. Patrizia also advises employers on employment-related regulatory issues, including compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000, Human Rights Code, Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.

Patrizia is dedicated to providing her clients with excellent legal counsel and client service. With 20 years of experience, Patrizia’s primary focus is providing her clients with a “buffet table of options” and then guiding them to find the best solution to their specific issues. Patrizia is able to take the complex and convert it to something that is accessible. Patrizia prides herself on instilling confidence and empowerment in her clients, while also earning their friendship and trust.

Whether advising employers or employees, Patrizia’s practice covers all aspects of the employment relationship from hiring, performance management, workplace restructuring, termination and post-employment contractual breaches.
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An Aging Society: Staggering Statistics & Implications for Dental Practice-Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson

Presented by Neli Gontier|Duration: 2.0 hours


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The numbers are staggering. Canada is an aging society. Do you know what those numbers mean to the health care system – and the potential effects on dentistry and dental hygiene? See what the future is likely to look like and how this will affect a practice. Understand the collateral health issues that your clients may face. Learn how to identify and manage those issues, while managing their oral health, so you can support your patients’ health, lower their risks of infection, and improve the overall quality of their lives.

Learning Outcomes: At the completion of the program, you will be able to:

  1. List the statistics of an aging world, and an aging Canada.
  2. Recognize the impact of an aging society in Ontario.
  3. Identify the oral health needs of the elderly.
  4. Address the rising demands and challenges of an aging society within a dental or dental hygiene practice.
  5. Adapt to the particular needs of those with chronic neurological diseases.
  6. Implement best practices for the treatment and improvement of oral health.
  7. Strive to employ innovative strategies.

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Speaker Biography

Neli Gontier, BSc, RDH

Neli is an articulate and dynamic facilitator with many years of experience as an educator, clinician, practice management consultant, and corporate manager. She has led diverse teams in various work settings and was instrumental in improving the knowledge and skills of team members. Her specialties include communications, customer service, writing skills, infection prevention and control (IPAC), among numerous other topics. She continues to facilitate adult learning as a keynote speaker/key opinion leader for such organizations as Johnson & Johnson, Miele Canada, Micrylium Laboratories, and DrenchIT Sports Hygiene. Neli has also written several online continuing education courses for the health-care industry and is striving to author a book in the coming year.
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Dental Hygiene is Hard on Your Body by Dr. David Orchard

Presented by Dr. David Orchard|Duration: 1.0 hour


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Understand the risks for carpal tunnel syndrome, and current prevention and possible treatment(s). Learn about musculoskeletal disorders that arise from poor working postures or ergonomics. Understand the reason to use loupes and magnification devices to attain better head/neck and lower back posture, and reduce the potential for musculoskeletal pain and injury. Know how a healthy daily lifestyle and exercise routines will reduce the potential for acute and chronic injury, and allow for a longer, more productive career.

Speaker Biography

Dr. David Orchard, BPE (Hon), DC

Dr. Orchard, a chiropractor in Waterloo for more than 30 years, holds certificates in athletic injury management, exercise specialist and occupational health injuries. For several years he was a consultant for a fitness institute in Toronto, provided chiropractic assessments for a hospital wellness centre and is currently a chiropractor for the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans professional men’s basketball team. A member of the Canadian Society of Sports Chiropractors, Dr. Orchard holds a number of certifications, most recently the AMA Guides to Impairment Rating (4th edition) by the American Board of Forensic Professionals. He treats a number of patients with musculoskeletal complaints including dental hygienists.
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Ethical Decision Making for the Dental Hygienist

Presented by Michelle Atkinson|Duration: 1.25 hours


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Ethical practice is the foundation of the dental hygiene profession. This course will facilitate ethical decision making while encouraging problem solving and critical thinking. The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario Code of Ethics and an ethical decision-making model will be introduced to assist with self-evaluation, reflection and accountability.

Speaker Biography

Michelle Atkinson, RDH

Michelle Atkinson has been a dental hygienist since 1990 and has experience in many different areas of the dental hygiene profession. She has worked in clinical practice, professional sales, and administration. Currently Michelle is a faculty member at Algonquin College where she teaches in the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs. Michelle has embraced her entrepreneurial spirit in the development of two businesses; Dental Hygiene Seminars of Ontario (DHSO) and RDH Consulting. She holds a Professional Certificate in Adult Education and a Bachelor’s Degree, both from Western University.
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Opioids: The good, the bad and the ugly

Presented by Dr. A. Jose Lanca, MD, PhD|Duration: 1.0 hour


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Pain management plays an important role in health care, and opioids are potent analgesics with specific therapeutic indications.  Repeated administration of opioids (OP), however, is associated with serious risks including tolerance, dependence and abuse. In North America, OP abuse has become an issue of epidemic proportions. The World Health Organization’s “Pain Management Ladder” is a useful tool to choosing the most appropriate analgesic.

In this webinar Dr. Lanca will discuss:

  • the mechanism of action of OP
  • benefit-risk assessment of OP use
  • OP antagonists – Naloxone for reversal of OP overdose and Naltrexone for chronic opioid or alcohol dependence
  • pharmacological and non-pharmacological options of pain management
  • difference in prescription patterns of OP medications amongst different countries and
  • relevance to OP dependence and abuse.

Speaker Biography

Dr. A. Jose Lanca, MD, PhD

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Dr. Jose Lança, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Faculty of Dentistry and Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is a member of several scientific organizations, including the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and American Society for Neuroscience.

Dr. Lança has been the Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, UofT. He has contributed extensively to curriculum development and teaching of pharmacology. He is the director of several undergraduate as well as graduate courses in Pharmacology and Therapeutics in the Faculty of Dentistry of the UofT, in. He has developed and taught courses and seminars in Continuing Medical and Dental Education.

He has authored research and continuing education in peer-reviewed publications, and is the author of six chapters in pharmacology textbooks. Dr. Lança has conducted research in various areas including neuropharmacology, pharmacology of alcoholism and drug addiction and herbal medications.
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The Practice is Sold! Employment Contracts, Rights and the Impact on You.

Presented by ODHA|Duration: 1.0 hour


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David will discuss the implications of the purchase and sale of dental practices highlighting the following areas:

  • Your rights and obligations leading up to and post-sale;
  • The difference between a share and asset sale of a practice;
  • What to do when asked to sign a new employment agreement(contract) and whether it is required to continue employment;
  • Employer obligations when changing your terms of employment; and
  • Potential alternatives to agreeing to a change of employment.

Speaker Biography

David Witkowski B.B.A., J.D.,Associate

At Rubin Thomlinson, David supports both employee and employer clients with legal counsel in all areas of employment law, including employment contracts, wrongful dismissals, workplace policies, employment standards, workplace investigations and human rights in the workplace.

Prior to joining Rubin Thomlinson, David worked at a reputable Toronto full service law firm and at an international tax firm. During law school, he volunteered with Osgoode’s Community and Legal Aid Services Programme, the Student Mentorship program and was a member of the Tax Law Association.
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Effective Tobacco Interventions: You Can Make It Happen

Presented by Monica Bennett|Duration: 1.5 hours


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Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in READ MORE

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Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada, and the majority of tobacco users want to quit. Tobacco cessation interventions are proven to be effective in helping tobacco users make an attempt to quit. Dental hygienists have an important role to play in supporting clients to stop using tobacco. In fewer than three minutes, they can make a difference in the health of their clients. Participants will learn about cessation tools and resources, including the Smokers’ Helpline Fax Referral Program, to help clients quit tobacco use.

Topics include:

– Tobacco and health issues in Ontario and Canada
– The reasons people smoke
– Understanding nicotine dependence and nicotine withdrawal
– The fundamentals of tobacco interventions and the role of dental hygienists
– Special populations
– Minimal contact intervention
– Using the 5As protocol (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist and Arrange)
– Pharmacotherapy

Speaker Biography

Monica Bennett, Senior Coordinator, Smokers’ Helpline
Canadian Cancer Society, Central West Region

Monica Bennett has over 25 years of rich experience in the not-for-profit and health sectors creating successful partnerships; developing resources; and assisting in the development of policies and practices that improve both personal and organizational health.  Her focus for the last seven years has been on smoking cessation and tobacco control.
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Radiographic Interpretation

Presented by Dr. Ross Barlow|Duration: Approximately 15-20 hours


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The Radiographic Interpretation course is designed to review the discipline of oral radiographic interpretation. It is not intended as a comprehensive course in this discipline and it is assumed that course participants have a previous competency in radiography. In the following presentations, the material covered will deal with radiographic images that one may expect to see in practice.

Speaker Biography

Ross Barlow DDS

Ross Barlow is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Biological and Diagnostic Services, Division of Oral Radiology, Faculty of Dentistry, at the University of Toronto.  He is presently Co-Head of Undergraduate Radiology.  Ross provides radiography lectures to dental hygiene students and dental hygienists.  Ross is also a consultant for the Department of Forensic Pathology at both Hamilton General Hospital and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.  He is a member of PODIT (Province of Ontario Dental Identification Team) and DVI (Disaster Victim Identification Team).
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