YDC sydney 2017

Our Speakers

Dental experts you can learn from. The Young Dental Conference finds dental experts from a range of different dental specialisations, who can help you excel in your dentistry. Orofacial Pain is an incredibly-nuanced subject, so we've brought together four of Australia's leading experts to give a holistic view of Orofacial Pain, and how to tackle it.


A.Prof Alex Moule


Alex is the Past President of the International Association of Dental Traumatology and was the co-chair of its 2016 World Congress. He is a specialist endodontist with over 25 years’ experience in full-time endodontic practice. Alex is currently a full-time Associate Professor at the School of Dentistry, University of Queensland. He has taught in many universities worldwide including four years as an Associate Professor at Kuwait University.

Alex has published sixteen book chapters and has over 60 peer reviewed publications, as well as two books. The latest one, Diagnosing Dental and Orofacial Pain – a Clinical Manual was published by Wiley Blackwell last year. He is registered as a specialist endodontist in Australia and in the United Kingdom and is a past president of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Endodontists. His standing in the dental community has been recognized by the award of several International Fellowships, including the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, the Pierre Fauchard Society and the International Association of Dental Traumatology. His special fields of interest are orofacial pain, dental traumatology and endodontic diagnosis. 


A.Prof Russell Vickers


Russell is an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon in Sydney, Australia. His clinical expertise is treating complex orofacial patients by combining published state of the art treatments. His PhD was in analytical and molecular chemistry of peptides in inflammation and pain mechanisms. He has additional qualifications in pain medicine and herbal medicine.

He has approx. 40 publications (1 book, 6 book chapters and 34 peer reviewed papers and case reports, and given over 200 research & teaching lectures. Russell is the Director of Clinical Stem Cells Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia and in 2014 published the first international proof of concept study for the use of stem cells to treat neurological pain in humans. The results also showed outstanding cosmetic improvements for facial disfigurement.

Dr Vickers has a PhD in medicine, and three Master’s Degrees: in surgery, medicine and Fine Art. 


Dr Chris Moule

BDSc, DClinDent( Pros), MRACDS (Pros)

Chris Moule is a specialist prosthodontist and practices in Sydney CBD. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Melbourne and graduated with first class Honours. After working for several years in regional general dental practice, he moved to Sydney and completed a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics in 2012.

Chris is President of the Australian Prosthodontic Society (NSW branch) and has a Membership of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons (Prosthodontics). He teaches clinical prosthodontics at the University of Sydney and recently co-wrote a chapter on Joint and Muscle Pains for the textbook Diagnosing Dental and Orofacial Pain – a Clinical Manual


Natasha Braunsteiner

BPsych, BCouns, MCouns

Natasha is a counsellor with training in addiction medicine, suicide prevention, relationship counselling, and stress management. She has a particular interest in diagnosing and treating complex psychological issues in patients with orofacial pain.

She has worked with Professor Vickers in 2016-2017 at his Orofacial Pain Clinic in Sydney. Natasha has given numerous lectures to Dental Study Groups, the Australian Dental Association Continuing Education program and the University of Queensland Dental School where she holds the title of Adjunct Lecturer.

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