Split Session: Infection Control – AS4187 and AS4815 | Viral Hepatitis… Dr Sharon Liberali, Prof John Lubel


Discussing the differences between AS/NZS 4815 or AS/NZS 4187 in clinical dental practice.

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Clinical dental practice is varied. Some practices consist of only one or two dental operatories, undertake little if any ‘surgical’ procedures and only require a small sterilizing area. Other dental practices may have up to 10 operatories, provide a wide range of dental procedures including surgical procedures and require a large central sterilizing area employing dedicated sterilization staff.
This lecture will discuss some of the infection control challenges currently facing Dentistry in Australia.

Learning Outcomes
• Discussing the requirements of the DBA infection control guidelines
• Recognizing that NHMRC IC guidelines will be updated and this will have a flow on effect to the ADA infection control guidelines
• Discussing the differences between AS/NZS 4815 or AS/NZS 4187 in clinical dental practice

Viral hepatitis – Presented by A/Prof John Lubel

Sharps injury can result in transmission of viral hepatitis and is particularly relevant to all dental healthcare professionals. Over the last 5 years significant advances in the management of viral hepatitis have occurred including development of drugs that will eradicate hepatitis C from Australia. This presentation will focus on the acute management of sharps injury and prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis infection.

Learning Outcomes
• Understand the risk of infection from hepatitis B and C
• Employ appropriate measures to prevent transmission of viral hepatitis
• Appreciate the recent therapeutic advances in the management of viral hepatitis

Dr Sharon Liberali
Dr Liberali is a specialist in special needs dentistry. She is the Director of the Special Needs Unit of the Adelaide Dental Hospital, an honorary Associate Dental Consultant at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and an honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Adelaide Dental School. Sharon is the current chair of the ADA Inc. Infection Control Committee, and is a member of Standards Australia committee HE-023 (instrument reprocessing). more >

Prof John Lubel
The Deputy Director of Gastroenterology at Eastern Health, Melbourne, John has a particular interest in viral hepatitis and non-invasive assessment of hepatic fibrosis. Having completed a PhD examining the role of the renin angiotensin system (RAS) in liver disease he has continued to research the role of the RAS in inflammatory bowel disease. He was awarded the Gastroenterological Society of Australia Young investigator of the year award in 2005 and has written guidelines on the management of hepatitis B and C and non-invasive assessment of hepatic fibrosis.

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