Early Bird Deadline June 30, 2013

* The first 5 registrants will receive an exclusive VIP coaching session on any aspect of dentistry with a leader of your choice. This is a limited offer and valued at $500.*

** Book now to avoid disappointment as Spaces strictly limited to 40 students only **

Accomodation Details:

A special rate of $289 per night including breakfast for RGC2013 students has been negotiated with Palazzo Versace. Please contact info@startpractice.com.aufor further details.

Our Sponsors:


The hands-on coaching experience.

We all have areas in our dentistry that we are weak at and want to improve.
This event is my brainchild, born out of my passion to help younger dentists overcome their usual difficulties with exo’s, pros and implants. After working with and employing many new grads, I discovered a pattern amongst all of them, that they all struggle with these things. It is a symptom of Dental Schools these days that no matter where you go, grads dont have these skills. It can take them years to get over these things.

I looked around and there was nothing that could do this for them. Sure, you could read all the books you want, but I find and have always found that the best way to learn is to model yourself against someone who is already succeeding at it. Even better, to have them teach you how to do it.

My goal is a 3-Day Intensive Hands-On experience with Leaders in each field, and demonstrators helping out with one aim: to raise the standards of all our students so that they can go back with knowledge, skill and confidence.

Be guided.
Be coached.
Be mentored.

Never has there been a 3-day conference just for recent graduates. Focussing on areas recent graduates need and want.

Never has there been an opportunity to receive personal hands-on training by experienced leaders
Boost your skills
Boost your confidence
Go back a better dentist

Rub shoulders with leaders in their field
Network with your peers
Build friendships
And above all else,
have a whole lot of fun!

“The best way to learn anything is to be coached by someone who is already doing it and succeeding at it. This conference links up some of the finest clinicians and recent graduates who are driven to excel at the highest level.”

Other topics:

Starting Up a Practice, Orthodontics, Leadership Skills, Speaking and Advanced Communications Workshop


At RGC 2013 you will:

  • Develop powerful new skills that will help you improve clinically in the areas of Pros, Oral Surgery and Implants
  • Breakthrough the fears in these areas that hold you back
  • Harness the key strategies to become a better, more rounded dentist in all areas including Leadership and Presentation skills
  • Create strong personal connections with peers and colleagues
  • have the time of your life!

DAY ONE — Crowns, Veneers, Whitening

Day Outcomes:

  • Ceramic and Porcelain Crowns theory and hands on
  • Inlays/Onlays theory and hands on
  • Veneers theory and hands on
  • All about Whitening – what you need to know
  • Case discussion with your patient – Advanced Communications

*Each student is expected to bring their own set of natural extracted teeth set in stone for the hands-on*

Leader: Dr Michael Mandikos



LUNCH AND LEARN SESSION — Orthodontics What every general dentist needs to know

Leader: Dr Kent Farmer

DAY TWO — Oral Surgery

Day Outcomes:

  • What anatomical structures do I need to know – muscles nerves and vessels
  • Flap design theory and hands on
  • Suturing theory and hands on
  • Bone removal theory and hands on
  • Instruments and materials selection

Leader: Dr Anthony Lynham

DAY THREE — Implants

Day Outcomes:

  • Implants 101 – What you weren’t taught at Dental School
  • Implant Maintenance – How to prevent failure
  • Troubleshooting – what do you do when it all comes apart
  • Impressioning Techniques Hands On
  • Top tips on materials and instruments to use

Leader: Dr Keith Doonan


  • Morning – Prosthodontic ABCs
  • Afternoon – Endodontics Bread and Butter


  • Morning – Communications, Case Acceptance, and Handling the Difficult Patient
  • Afternoon – Oral Surgery Troubleshooting and Managing Complications



Dr Michael Mandikos — Prosthodontics

Michael is a top bloke who is happiest when travelling and presenting lectures. He loves chilling out with family at the farm in Stanthorpe and enjoying a fine meal of perfectly cooked pasta (he makes his own) and scallops.

Dr Michael received his Bachelor of Dental Science Degree with honors, from the University of Queensland and in 1998 he completed a three-year residency program at the State University of New York at Buffalo (USA), graduating with a Certificate in Prosthodontics and Masters Degree in Biomaterials. His research was in composite resin materials and he has published several research papers in Australian and international journals on clinical and dental materials topics, as well as many clinical technique articles in local dental magazines. Michael was admitted as a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2000, after receiving the Sutherland Prize for the highest examination pass that year. He is an avid dental educator and is a strong educator and mentor for recent dental graduates.

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Dr Scott Davis — Prosthodontics

Scott eats Japanese food every week and has done so for about 20 years now!  (Which has contributed to his triglycerides being at or below 3 for all that time.) His main hobbies are bike riding and going to the gym.

He started his dental career in Sydney, completing a bachelor of dental surgery in 1984, and then completing his Specialist Prosthdontic training from UWA in 1993.

In 1997 he moved to the north coast of NSW and now works from Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour. Scott has always been involved with the Australian Dental Association since becoming a dentist and at present is a member of council of the NSW branch and have been chairman of his local division for over ten years. His primary interest is implant rehabilitation and full mouth reconstruction, however regional practice means that I am involved with a wide range of tasks.

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Dr Anthony Lynham — Oral Surgery

Anthony is a gentle Oral Surgeon who likes fishing, cattle breeding and is a strong follower of the Newcastle Knights.
He also sits on many charity groups mainly concerning prevention of alcohol and drug related harms.

Dr Lynham completed his surgical training in maxillofacial surgery here in Queensland. A Fellowship visit to Switzerland enabled him to gain further experience in this fascinating surgical field. He has a special interest in orbital surgery and post traumatic facial reconstructive surgery.

He presently is a consultant at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and the Mater Private Hospitals. He holds academic posts as Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology and is a Senior Lecturer at the University Of Queensland School of Medicine. He has published widely and speaks here and overseas at many surgical conferences. He is a finals examiner for Maxillofacial Surgery and holds many committee positions here in Queensland, Australia and overseas.

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Dr Keith Doonan — Implants

Keith is one of the funniest guys you will meet. He is actively involved in acting, stand-up comedy, theatre and the performing arts. He is the ultimate weekend warrior who loves to do everything around the house and on his large property in Sunshine Coast.

He qualified from the Royal London Hospital Dental School in 1993 and has since completed a 4 years Masters in Prosthodontics from Kings College London. Keith’s interactive implant lectures has taken him to Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Korea.

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Dr Kent Farmer — Orthodontics

Kent is often found riding a dirt bike, playing touch football, playing tennis, relaxing with his family (including teenage sons and daughter), overseeing his farm or supporting the Reds or Broncos.

Kent’s idea of a holiday is trekking in the wilderness somewhere and he has walked the Kokoda trail. His favourite food is a medium rare grass-fed sirloin steak. (Gotta back his own produce)

Kent is passionate about orthodontics. He grew up in Charters Towers and graduated from UQ with first class honours in 1985. After a few years working as a dentist in Mount Isa, he returned to university to study orthodontics for another three years. He has also been a clinical supervisor at UQ. Since then Kent has also poured his energy into practice management and the business of dentistry by establishing one of the most progressive and thriving orthodontic practices in Australia.

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Dr Jeffrey Kho — Advanced Communications

Jeff is an early bird who values keeping fit and healthy, regularly running, swimming, and playing sports. He sticks to a strict diet but also enjoys good food and is happiest when travel combines with great food and scenery.

Jeffrey has always shown a enthusiasm, passion and energy for leadership and communications. In 1999, he was one of the first to earn an Order of Australia award for Community Service. He graduated with honors from the University of Queensland as the Dental Society President in 2005 In 2008 he opened the first of his two dental clinics in Brisbane. He is a leading provider of and lectures extensively to other dentists on the use of mini-dental implants, and also his own topic, “How to Make your Patients Love You”. His presentations are high-energy and motivational you are bound to leave his workshops inspired.

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Dr Jamie Foong — Prosthodontics

Dr Jamie Foong is a specialist Prosthodontist who works in private practice. He completed his undergraduate dental degree and later returned to complete a specialist degree in Prosthodontics at the University of Melbourne.

Jamie has worked in specialist private practice in Melbourne CBD and has also established a private practice in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Australia. Jamie is a member of the ITI, the Australian Dental Association, the Australian Prosthodontic Society and the Academy of Australian and New Zealand of Prosthodontists.

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Dr Jonathan Moore — Endodontics

Dr Jonathan Moore graduated with Honours from the University of Queensland Dental School with a Bachelor of Dental Science in 2003. After graduating, Jonathan worked for a number of years in both private and public practice in Brisbane where he developed an interest in the field of endodontics.

Jonathan is a registered specialist endodontist with the Dental Board of Australia. He is also a member of the Australian Dental Association, the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Endodontists and is currently the past President of the Australian Society of Endodontology (Queensland). He is actively involved with endodontic education, lecturing students from the University of Queensland, Griffith University and James Cook University as well as to local dental study groups and to dentists at Australian Dental Association of Queensland conferences.

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Dr George Chu — Oral Surgery

Dr George Chu is a specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing all areas of the specialty. He completed his dental and medical qualifications in Melbourne and Adelaide before completing his surgical training in Queensland.

During this period, he was also a tutor to undergraduate university students at the University of Adelaide which honed his clinical and academic teaching skills.

George achieved and obtained qualification of RACDS (OMS) and is also a member of Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ANZAOMS).

He has a number of public appointments as a specialist surgeon at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Brisbane Dental Hospitals.   George is intensely involved in the teaching of medical and dental undergraduate students and the surgical training of the next generation of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

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Morning Yoga
Opening Event
Leaders Breakfast
Leaders Breakfast
Morning Session
Oral Surgery
Lunch and Learn
Orthodontics – what every general dentist doesn’t know but needs to know
Leadership skills in Action – Lead your patient, lead your team, learn to lead
Leaders Lunch
Afternoon Session
Hands On
Crowns, Veneer, Inlays and Onlays Prep and Impressions
Hands On
Surgical Raise Flap, bone removal suturing
Hands On
Impressioning and Crown Insert
Closing Ceremony
Cocktail Cruise – How to Start and Run a Practice
Gala Event

Event Details:

Gold Coast Australia
October 18-20 2013
Palazzo Versace Hotel 94 Seaworld Dr Main Beach QLD 4217
Event Times
Friday 0800-2200 Saturday 0700-2200 Sunday 0900-1600

What your ticket includes:
Personal Hands-On traning with some of the best in their field
Opportunities to work with our Leaders one-on-one on your areas of improvement
Entry to the Cocktail Cruise on the Broadwater
Gold ticket entry to the Main Event Gala Dinner
Once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from and work with experienced clinicians
dedicated to see you improve