Clinical Associate Professor Matthew Hopcraft BDSc MDSc BA PhD FICD
Oral-B Professional & Scientific Relations Consultant
Sponsored by Oral B
Clinical Associate Professor Matthew Hopcraft is the Professional and Scientific Relations Consultant for Oral-B, Clinical Advisor at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne, and an honorary academic at the Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne, where he was formerly the Director of Clinical Education. He has researched and published extensively in dental public health, with a particular focus on oral health and ageing, water fluoridation, models of care and dental workforce issues. He is a past President of the Australian Dental Association (Victorian Branch) and former Federal Councilor of the ADA. He has previously worked in both public and private dental practice, as well serving in the Royal Australian Army Dental Corps.
Finding the balance in your professional life
Working in oral health can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. The regulatory environment is becoming more complex, and the number of complaints against dental practitioners is increasing. Stress and professional burnout can impact both on clinical practice and personal life. It is important for oral health professionals to be mindful of the challenges that they will face throughout their career, and develop strategies to manage these issues.
Oral health for the ageing population
The Australian population is ageing, and while currently around 14% of the population is aged 65+ years, this is projected to increase to over 20% by 2050. This ageing population is retaining more natural and heavily restored teeth, with increasing risk factors for dental disease. There is a need for preventive dental services and innovative models of care to manage the oral health needs of older Australians, and hygienists have a significant role to play.