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Conference Program


Please follow the links below to view/download selected conference sessions and workshops.

>> Friday, 20th August:  Pre-conference Workshop - Using Appreciative Inquiry as Momentum for Change

>> Saturday, 21st August:  [Saturday Program]

>> Sunday, 22nd August:  [Sunday Program]

>> Monday, 23rd August:  Post-conference Workshop - Evidence Based Practice


Keynote Speakers

Winthrop Professor Marc Tennant BDSc MSc(prelim) PhD AFCSHE FICD

Marc Tennant

Director (and founder), Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health
The University of Western Australia

Marc is the Director (and founder) of the Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health at The University of Western Australia, a unique centre focused on understanding the issues associated with rural, remote and Indigenous oral health. The Centre is now recognised as a leading oral health research group in Western Australia and Marc is in the top dozen dental Australian dental academics for impact with about 150 publications and more than $15million in R&D funding over the last 15 years.

Operating under an integrated Service, Education and Research model, the Centre provides dental care to disadvantaged rural and remote dwelling Western Australians and is also a national leader in dental student placement models. Following his Doctorate work in vascular biology, Marc returned to the oral health arena where he has served in many senior leadership roles in Dental Schools both locally and inter-state. Intertwining a love of computing with an innovative streak Marc has undertaken lead roles in the start up of Australia's newest Dental Schools, all of which are regionally-based (Gold Coast, Bendigo Orange and Cairns) and continues his lifelong efforts towards reducing social disadvantage.


Associate Professor Ruth Ballweg
Ruth Ballweg
Director of the University of Washington Physician Assistant Training Program MEDEX Northwest Division or Physician Assistant studies, Seattle, Washington State.

I graduated from the MEDEX program with Class 11 (1978) and returned to practice in Ashland, Oregon as the communityís first PA. My undergraduate degree is from Southern Oregon State College and I also earned a masterís degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington (1997). Barry University, in Florida, awarded me an honorary doctorate in 1999 in recognition of my political and policy leadership in the PA profession.

After working clinically in both family practice and public health, I joined the MEDEX faculty in 1981 and became the Program Director in 1985. The program has expanded significantly since then and Iím proud to have participated in most of those changes. Iíve been very involved in PA professional organizations and have served as President of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs, the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society for the Preservation of PA History. My activities include work with a number of physician organizations to promote the effective utilization of PAs. Iím an active participant in the leadership functions of the UW School of Medicine and serve on the Executive Admissions Committee for the school. Community involvement is a high priority, and I currently serve as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Group Health Cooperative. My interests include health care access, womenís health care concerns and rural health issues. I lecture on these topics across several MEDEX courses.





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