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2024 Professor Louise Brearley Messer Post-Graduate Essay Competition

TOPIC: Access to GA – why is this an issue now and comparison globally. Alternative strategies to managing behaviour?

ELIGIBILITY: Paediatric Dentistry post-graduate students who are currently enrolled in a Doctorate, Masters or a Post Graduate Clinical Diploma in a Paediatric Dentistry program at an Australian or New Zealand Dental School.

PRIZE: A Prize of AU$2500.00 (or equivalent in New Zealand dollars) will be awarded.

The winning Essay will be published in the ANZSPD (Inc.) Newsletter, “Synopses”.

DEADLINE: Friday 4th October 2024

Essays to be submitted by email to the Federal Secretary of ANZSPD (Inc.)


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  1. Essays, which are to be submitted by email, must not exceed 3,000 words with a maximum of 50 references. Essays must only be the work of individual candidates. Bibliographic style must follow that of the Australian Dental Journal. They should be typewritten and double- spaced.
  2. No names or identifying marks should appear within the essays. The candidate’s name, home address, email address and University name should appear on a separate page to the remainder of the essay.
  3. If sending in PDF form, please also supply a copy without any identifying information.
  4. Essays will be coded for anonymity and sent to two judges. The two judges will be appointed by the Federal Council of ANZSPD Inc. The decision of the judges will be final.
  5. The deadline for the submission of Essays is Friday 4th October 2024
  6. The winner will be announced by Friday, 15th November 2024. Participants will be advised of the result by email.
  7. As mentioned in the notice of the competition, the prize winner will have their winning essay published in the newsletter of ANZSPD Inc., “Synopses”

NOTE TO COURSE CO-ORDINATORS: Please submit only the “Best Essay” from dental under-graduates or students enrolled in a graduate program leading to the student’s first dental degree and who are enrolled in an Australian or New Zealand Dental School.

Please submit entries directly to Dr C Lloyd, Secretary at

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