Interface between Medicine and Dentistry


When did you last refer a patient to the dentist and why? It’s not news that there is a close association between one’s oral health and overall health. The causal relationship between oral diseases and systemic conditions now extends beyond cardiovascular disease and includes diabetes, respiratory disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Similarly, systemic diseases are often associated with oral manifestations that require dental assessment and specialist management. It is therefore important that your everyday practice is informed by the evidence base of the links between oral and general health.

This course aims to refresh and update your knowledge on dentistry and its relevance to general health. This will have a direct benefit on achieving an effective whole-of-patient approach that embraces the newest evidence-based clinical recommendations.

This full program combines lecture material and simulated clinical scenarios to review the links between oral and general health and its clinical implications to medical practice, including clinical guidelines, practical examples, and decision making flow chart.

We shall also discuss when it is appropriate to refer a patient for dental assessment.

Major Topics

  • Systemic manifestations of oral health
  • Oral health determinants of cardiovascular disease
  • Oral health determinants of respiratory disease
  • Oral health determinants of metabolic disease
  • Oral health and cancer therapy
  • Oral health and pregnancy
  • Oral manifestations of systemic disease
  • Clinical decision making flow chart
  • Referral pathways

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the program participants should be able to:

  • Have a greater awareness of the links between oral and systemic health
  • Identify the oral health determinants of systemic health
  • Apply this knowledge to their general medical practice
  • Identify systemic diseases with major oral manifestations
  • Improve the referral pathways for dental assessment

Providers Terms

CANCELLATION – If you need to cancel your registration you must inform the Continuing Professional Development Office, as soon as possible, so that your place can be offered to another applicant. Refunds following cancellation are as follows: a $50 cancellation fee will be charged for all course cancellations made more than 6 weeks prior to the course commencement; cancellations made less than six weeks prior to the course will be offered a 50% refund; cancellations made less than one week prior to the course or failure to attend/notify the CPD office will receive NO refund.

GST- All course fees include 10% GST in the total cost. For your tax purposes, upon payment, your receipt will show the GST amount. All receipts list the University ABN 84 002 705 224.

DISCLAIMER- The Melbourne Dental School reserves the right to cancel, postpone, relocate or reschedule any program. If CPD exercises this right, we will endeavour to notify delegates as early as possible to minimize inconvenience. CPD will not accept any responsibility for travel and accommodation costs incurred by delegates. A full refund of the course fees paid by the delegate for the course will be offered and processed within 30 days of notification.



Contact Hours:

6.0 hrs


Fri, 25 October 2019

Start Time:

9:00 AM


1 day


Full day lecture program (9.00 am - 5.00 pm)




Melbourne Oral Health Training Education Centre (MOHTEC)

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723 Swanston Street, Carlton VIC,
Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia, 3053

Melbourne University
Professor nicola cirillo

Professor Nicola Cirillo

Associate Professor Nicola Cirillo is a senior academic at the Melbourne Dental School, The University of Melbourne. He convenes the teaching of basic science (Pathology and Pharmacology) and fundamentals of general medicine and surgery for dentists. Nicola has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals, several book chapters and two books in the fields of autoimmune disease and cancer. After completing his clinical training in Oral Medicine in Italy, USA (UCSF, San Francisco) and India (TATA Memorial Centre/ACTREC, Mumbai), in 2008 he joined the Dental School at the University of Bristol, England, as a Clinical Lecturer in Oral Medicine. A/Prof. Cirillo has delivered speeches and keynote lectures at >30 meetings worldwide and is member of the Editorial Board of scientific journals in the fields of dentistry, dermatology, oncology and immunology. Nicola is particularly interested in the mutual relationship between medicine and dentistry and in the oral determinants of systemic health.

Michael mccullough

Professor Michael McCullough

Professor Michael McCullough is a Professor in Oral Medicine at the Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne. He is the convener of the post-graduate and undergraduate courses in Oral Medicine. He has published over 50 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and was on the Expert Panel for the recently published Therapeutic Guidelines book titled “Oral and Dental”. Michael is the Chair of the ADA’s Therapeutics Committee and is on the editorial board and writes the “Dental Comments” for the Australian Prescriber. Michael is an Oral Medicine Clinical Consultant to the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Frankston Integrated Health.

Dr. sankar manchella

Dr. Sankar Manchella

Dr. Sankar Manchella. After graduating with honours with a Bachelor of Philosophy, Sankar earned a medical degree from Australian National University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy with subspecialty stream in Head and Neck from the University of Melbourne/Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), followed by a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Melbourne. He has published in international journals and delivered speeches at regional, national and international conferences. As a doubly qualified doctor-dentist with clinical experience in both fields, Sankar exploits his knowledge of the two-way relationship between medicine and dentistry in his daily practice.

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