Training Workshops

Optimum Dental Posture takes a practical and hands-on approach to training. 

All our workshops are interactive and hosted in a dental setting.  


LEVEL 1 - FOUNDATION PROGRAM

A Seminar and Clinical Hands-on Workshop for all Dental Professionals

Overcoming and Preventing Occupational Chronic Pain in the Dental Surgery

This full-day program is a practical “User Guide” for posture and movement patterns, teaching Fundamental Inner Ergonomics every dental practitioner needs to know. This is the key to recovery and prevention of occupational chronic pain in the dental profession.

INNER ERGONOMICS & WELLBEING IN DENTISTRY

You did not receive training in dental school in how to organize your body to gain access to your patients’ mouths without compromising your musculoskeletal health. You bend and twist any which way, without paying attention to yourself.

Poor work postures - prolonged forward and downwardly directed, unilaterally collapsed - lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Many practitioners have become accustomed to chronic pain and discomfort, believing it is the price to be paid for being a dental  professional.

Worldwide research shows an alarming incidence of musculoskeletal disorders in the dental profession. Chronic pain and discomfort impacts on career longevity, productivity and quality of life; forcing many to take time off from their practices or into early retirement. 

YOU ARE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT INSTRUMENT.
LEARN TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AS YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR PATIENTS.

HOW CAN YOU DO DENTISTRY WITHOUT HURTING YOURSELF?

Although there are fundamental biomechanical design principles governing movement and posture, people are not trained in how to co-operate with these, and unfortunately nobody is provided with a “User Guide” at birth.

Dental ergonomic research and design have focused on the equipment and surgery layout, the Outer Ergonomics, overlooking the importance of the operator’s efficiency in posture and movement, the Inner Ergonomics.

 

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OVERVIEW

Fundamental Inner Ergonomic Principles

  • Cumulative Trauma in the dental surgery and daily life and why there is an alarming incidence of occupational pain and discomfort
  • Inner Ergonomics - what dental practitioners need to know about their bio-mechanical design
  • Postural Awareness - recognition of harmful posture and movement patterns 
  • The power of habit and how to change those harmful habitual patterns
  • Steps to optimal musculoskeletal health
  • Restorative procedures for tight muscles during dental treatment

Inner Ergonomic Principles applied in the dental surgery

  • Practical demonstrations, individual kinaesthetic guidance and practise of applied Inner Ergonomics in simulated treatment on a manikin, in a clinical setting
  • Postural awareness during treatment - taking care of yourself as you take care of your patients

Active Rest

Demonstration and experiential training in how to decompress the spine and release tight muscles and joints at work and home

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WORKSHOP DETAILS

Melbourne

Friday 27 April 2018
Friday 22 June 2018

Full Day Program: 9 am - 5 pm

Henry Schein Halas
Level 9, 369 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC

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Brisbane

Friday 11 May 2018
Friday 14 September 2018                                                       

Full Day Program: 9 am – 5 pm

A-dec Brisbane
298 Gilchrist Avenue (Cnr Herston Road), Herston, QLD

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FEES

Seminar and clinical hands on workshop

FULL DAY

  • Dentists $850 + GST 
  • Dental Hygienists & Oral Health Therapists $550 + GST

Includes lunch and refreshments

Programs are limited to 20 participants

To immerse yourself in optimal work postures and habit change, it is helpful to register into the Level 2. Advanced Workshop as well. 

TRAINERS

Dr Anikó Ball and her assistant trainers provide participants with individual kinaesthetic guidance for optimal work postures and movement in the practical training sessions.

Meet the Trainers

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LEVEL 2 - ADVANCED OPTIMUM DENTAL POSTURE WORKSHOPS

This practical and clinical half day workshop, conducted in a dental setting, builds on the knowledge and skills you have learned in previous Optimum Dental Posture training, taking you to the next level of inner ergonomic expertise.

Dentists are invited to bring their dental assistants along free of charge. 

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OVERVIEW

Brief revision of the essential Inner Ergonomic principles in posture and movement patterns

Applied Inner Ergonomics in the Clinic

Demonstration and practice of optimal posture and movement in simulated treatment on a manikin:

  • Gaining access to challenging quadrants
  • Various treatment procedures with instruments you are invited to bring, including forceps
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Habit changes

  • Support and coaching on postural awareness and changing harmful habitual work postures
  • Opportunity to train with your dental assistant to enable you to observe and support each other in habit change in your practice

Restoration through movement

  • Demonstration and practise of exercise you can do at work and home to overcome and prevent back pain and stiffness, and arm/hand/wrist problems

Restoration with Active Rest

PROGRAM DATES

Melbourne

Saturday 28 April 2018
Saturday 23 June 2018

9 am - 1 pm

A-dec Melbourne
Suite 1, 260 Auburn Road, Hawthorn, VIC

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Brisbane

Saturday 12 May 2018
Saturday 15 September 2018

9 am – 1 pm

A-dec Brisbane
298 Gilchrist Avenue (cnr Herston Road), Herston, QLD

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FEES

  • Dentists $550 + GST  
  • Dental Hygienists & Oral Health Therapists $400 + GST

Dentists can bring along their dental assistant free of charge.

Includes refreshments

PARTICIPANTS

Limited to 20 dental practitioners who attended any of these programs:

  • Level 1 - Foundations Workshop
  • Fundamental Inner Ergonomics
  • Optimum Dental Posture Program at the ADAVB
  • Advanced Optimum Dental Posture Workshop
  • Overcoming Neck and Back Pain in the Dental Surgery - Part 1./2. at the ADA NSW CPD

TRAINERS

Dr Anikó Ball and her assistant trainers provide participants with individual kinaesthetic guidance for optimal work postures and movement in the practical training sessions.

Meet the Trainers

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GEELONG - hALF DAY WORKSHOP

For dental practitioners in the Geelong area, Optimum Dental Posture offers a half day practical workshop

Overcoming and Preventing Occupational Chronic Pain in the Dental Surgery

This half day workshop is a practical “User Guide” for posture and movement patterns, teaching Fundamental Inner Ergonomics every dental practitioner needs to know. This is the key to recovery and prevention of occupational chronic pain in the dental profession.

INNER ERGONOMICS & WELLBEING IN DENTISTRY

You did not receive training in dental school in how to organize your body to gain access to your patients’ mouths without compromising your musculoskeletal health. You bend and twist any which way, without paying attention to yourself.

Poor work postures - prolonged forward and downwardly directed, unilaterally collapsed - lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Many practitioners have become accustomed to chronic pain and discomfort, believing it is the price to be paid for being a dental  professional.

Worldwide research shows an alarming incidence of musculoskeletal disorders in the dental profession. Chronic pain and discomfort impacts on career longevity, productivity and quality of life; forcing many to take time off from their practices or into early retirement. 

HOW CAN YOU DO DENTISTRY WITHOUT HURTING YOURSELF?

Although there are fundamental biomechanical design principles governing movement and posture, people are not trained in how to co-operate with these, and unfortunately nobody is provided with a “User Guide” at birth.

Dental ergonomic research and design have focused on the equipment and surgery layout, the Outer Ergonomics, overlooking the importance of the operator’s efficiency in posture and movement, the Inner Ergonomics.

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WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

Fundamental Inner Ergonomic Principles

  • Cumulative Trauma in the dental surgery 
  • Inner Ergonomics - what dental practitioners need to know about their bio-mechanical design
  • Postural Awareness - recognition of harmful work postures  
  • The power of habit and how to change harmful habitual posture and movement patterns

Inner Ergonomic Principles applied in the dental surgery

  • Practical demonstrations, individual kinaesthetic guidance and practise of applied Inner Ergonomics in a clinical setting
  • Postural awareness during treatment - taking care of yourself as you take care of your patients

Active Rest

Demonstration and experiential training in how to decompress the spine and release tight muscles and joints at work and home

PROGRAM DATE

Geelong

Date to be advised
1 pm - 5.30 pm

Optima
181 Station Street, North Shore, Victoria 

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TRAINERS

Dr Anikó Ball and her assistant trainers provide participants with individual kinaesthetic guidance for optimal work postures and movement in the practical training sessions.

Meet the Trainers

FEES

  • Dentists $650 + GST  
  • Dental Hygienists & Oral Health Therapists $500 + GST

Includes refreshments

Workshop is limited to 20 participants

 

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INTRODUCTION TO ERGONOMICS & WELLNESS IN THE DENTAL SURGERY

Dental ergonomic research and design have focused on the equipment and surgery layout, the Outer Ergonomics, overlooking the importance of the operator’s efficiency in posture and movement, the Inner Ergonomics.

How we sit on a stool and bend over the dental chair is as important as the stool and chair design. The way instruments are held is as important as their shape and weight.

Although ergonomically designed surgery layout, chairs, stools and equipment are important, without knowledge of your Inner Ergonomics - understanding how your body is designed to work - you are literally driving yourself in the wrong gear in dentistry.

You did not receive training in dental school in how to organize your body to gain access to your patients’ mouths without compromising your musculoskeletal health. You bend and twist any which way, without paying attention to yourself.

Worldwide research shows an alarming incidence of musculoskeletal disorders in the dental profession. Chronic pain and discomfort impacts on career longevity, productivity and quality of life; forcing many to take time off from their practices or into early retirement.

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OVERVIEW

This practical introductory workshop will address:

  • Why there is such a high incidence of occupational chronic pain in dentistry
  • Inner & Outer Ergonomics

You will participate in:

  • Practical demonstrations and practise of optimal work postures in a dental setting
  • Exercises you can do at work and home to overcome and prevent occupational chronic pain, stiffness and muscle imbalances

     

    PROGRAM DATES

    Melbourne

    TBA

    5.30 pm for 6 – 8 pm workshop

    A-dec Melbourne Showroom 260 Auburn Road, Hawthorn

    PARTICIPANTS

    Limited to 20 participants

    FEE

    $200 + GST

    Includes refreshments

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    PRESENTER

    Dr Anikó Ball

    B.D.Sc.(Melb), Clin.Dip.Hyp.,
    Adv. Dip. Alexander Studies
    Founder Optimum Dental Posture

    ASSISTANT TRAINERS

    Anne Carroll

    Adv. Dip. Alexander Studies

    Anne, a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, is an expert in Inner Ergonomics and she is familiar with the challenges faced in dentistry.

    Luke Evans

    B.Phys.Ed., CPT & Exercise Prescription, Dip. Osteo. Manual Practitioner

    Luke is a certified Personal Trainer and a movement expert. He focuses on movement and posture correction to eliminate pain in training and general life.