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What is consent and how do I know if I have it?

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20th June 2024

6pm - 7pm


The Cairns Institute, Building D3, Room 054, JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield




Current Students; Public and Community; Research and Industry


JCU Dentistry |

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The issue of consent is often prominent in negligence claims and is the underpinning factor in many complaints received by Dental Protection. This lecture will explore what consent is, what it is not, how to discuss consent with a patient, and how to document that valid consent is in place.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Understand valid consent – what it means, what it is and is not, and why it matters.
  • Better recognise when valid consent may not be in place.
  • Ways to document consent

This event is designed for dental practitioners, dental students and all other interested healthcare professionals. Attendance at this event will provide one CPD point.

About the Presenter

Dr Annalene Weston – Dentolegal Consultant - BDS MHL FACD FPFA FICD

Dr Annalene Weston completed her undergraduate dental degree and vocational training in the UK and worked in NHS and private dentistry before immigrating to Australia. She has worked across three Australian states, in both private and public dentistry, and gained her Masters in Health Law at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Law in 2008.

Annalene was awarded a Fellowship to the American College of Dentistry in 2016 and a Fellowship to the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 2019 in recognition of her strong work in ethics and collegiate support. She became a Fellow of the International College of Dentistry in 2020. Annalene works part-time in a suburban dental practice.