Reaching Out – Models of Care: Working with carers of dependent older adults in urban, rural and remote areas

Working with carers of dependent older adults is challenging not only in rural and remote areas but also in urban facilities, due to inadequate training of carers in oral care, high turnover of carers and/or carer burnout.  At this seminar, we will share and discuss models of care and oral care training in Aged Care (online and practical) for dental practitioners, students and carers in Australia at state and national levels.


Kerrie Punshon

Dr Kerrie Punshon studied Dentistry at The University of Melbourne, and gained her Fellowship in Special Needs Dentistry from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in 2002.  She has been a Registered Specialist in Special Needs Dentistry since 2005. She has worked in domiciliary settings both publicly and privately since 1997. Currently she teaches at the Universities of Melbourne and La Trobe, is a Specialist in the Special Needs Department at the Royal Dental  Hospital of Melbourne and works in Private Practice Restricted to Special Needs Dentistry.

Kerrie is also the President of ASSCID (Australian Society of Special Care in Dentistry), on the Board of Study for Special Needs Dentistry at the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and Clinical Director for the Special Smiles Program, Healthy Athletes Program in Special Olympics Australia.

She has been working with frail elderly people and their carers for many years and is a strong advocate for this group.

Dr. Archana Pradhan

Archana obtained her dental qualifications from The University of Adelaide and she was awarded a Fellow of Special Care Dentistry (USA) in 2015. She worked as a Consultant at the Special Needs Unit, Adelaide Dental Hospital, South Australian Dental Service and a Research Fellow at The Australian Centre for Population Oral Health. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland and she has been providing dental care to people with special needs since 2004. Her research projects include older adults, people with head and neck cancers, Special Olympics athletes, people with disabilities and their carers. As the Lead for People with Disabilities, Australia’s National Oral Health Plan (2014 – 2023), and the National Clinical Director, Special Smiles, Special Olympics Australia, she has been a strong advocate for people with special needs and their carers.