A message for 2019

Claudette Christie launches branch programme with a message for 2019

The new BDA Northern Ireland Branch President, Claudette Christie, has kicked off her year in office with the launch of the 2019 Branch Programme.

The BDA Northern Ireland Branch programme provides a fantastic opportunity for learning, networking and professional development, and the 2019 programme offers a comprehensive range of CPD events, including topics such as include periodontal issues in older patients, supporting prevention while managing child dentition, pain management, and communication with patients. 

During a visit to Diamond Dental Clinic in Cookstown where she unveiled the programme, Claudette said: “It’s incredibly important that dentists not only keep their skills up to date, but that they get out of the practice, meet other dentists and enjoy face-to-face lectures and events.

“This year’s theme is ‘Managing the message’ and I have invited lecturers to interpret this to bring to us a wealth of CPD. Some are clinical, others are about use of print media and how that has changed, as well as a useful reminder on communication techniques.”

The branch also runs social events including the ever popular Gala Ball, which will be held at the Titanic Hotel, Belfast, on 12 October. 

The branch formally welcomed Claudette as president at a ceremony at the Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast, in January which was attended by family, friends and colleagues from the dental profession across Northern Ireland and beyond. 

Claudette was presented with her chains of office by the outgoing President, Martin W Curran. She told the gathering: “It is an honour to be the 96th President of the BDA NI Branch. BDA has been a huge part of my life, ever since I was a dental student, and I would encourage all dentists to get involved in their association. The opportunities for peer support, learning and advice are unparalleled and have been of great benefit to me throughout my career.” 

Claudette previously served as the BDA Northern Ireland Director for 15 years, working to raise the profile of dentistry in Northern Ireland and working on behalf of members on important issues such as pay, regulation and service sustainability. 

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Published: 11 March, 2019 at 09:00