Laser Training: Pre-Licensing Course

Presented by Prof Laurie Walsh with Dr David Cox

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8:00am to 4:30pm


ADAQ CPD & Training Centre
26-28 Hamilton Place 
Bowen HIlls Qld 4006



6 scientific hours


Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided

Dental practitioners can use lasers to augment or replace traditional instruments in a range of clinical procedures. While low power lasers used in diagnostic aids are not regulated under radiation safety legislation, higher power lasers (Class 4) used in restorative dentistry, bleaching and minor oral surgery are regulated in Qld and some other jurisdictions, and will be in all areas of Australia under forthcoming uniform national legislation expected to be introduced in the coming years.


To make an informed decision about how lasers can enhance their clinical practice, dental practitioners need to gain an appreciation of where lasers can be used, what advantages they offer, what their limitations are, and how the technology can be handled safely. The need for formal training in laser safety is a key element so that these devices are used both effectively and safely. The course is approved by Radiation Health Queensland (course code ED029). Its content follows the recommendations of AS/NZS4173:2004 in terms of training requirements for dental clinicians. The course assumes no prior knowledge of laser physics, and is designed specifically for the new laser user and for those wanting to understand how the technology is used in practice and how different laser types interact with tissues in unique ways.

The course covers the following topics:
• The generation of laser light and its unique properties
• Laser delivery systems, including their optics and performance
• Modes of operation of lasers, and how these are selected for different clinical applications
• Interactions of laser radiation with soft and hard tissues
• Soft tissue surgery
• Caries removal, laser etching and laser-induced analgesia
• Methods of laser enhanced bleaching
• Low level laser therapy and laser disinfection
• Hazards of surgical lasers used in dentistry
• Laser safety considerations including hazard area assessment, selection of eyewear, in office protocols and checklists, and administrative controls

The course includes a bench-top hands-on component in the middle of the day, and a written examination at the end of the day. All materials issued by ADAQ CPD are subject to copyright and are for the use of the student only.

Please note that the replacement of student resource material will incur an additional fee.


Prof Laurie Walsh - Laser


Prof Laurie Walsh


Laurie Walsh is an internationally acclaimed laser clinician and scientist. As a dental specialist in the field of special needs dentistry, Laurie has been using multiple laser wavelengths in clinical practice since 1991. After his dental training, he completed a PhD and higher doctorate in pathology and dermatopathology, and then worked full time in dermatology as a postdoc from 1989-1990 at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His published papers in dermatology have been cited highly in the medical literature, particularly those in the areas of allergy, inflammation and immunology of the skin. Laurie trained in biophotonics in the USA, and undertook research in the areas of sunburn and photodynamic therapy. After his return to Australia, he established a clinical and laboratory research program in laser science which continues to this day. Laurie has worked clinically with Class 4 lasers and been a clinical trainer in laser dentistry since 1991, teaching laser safety to students in all types of health care programs for over 20 years, including those in dermatology for the past 15 years. Laurie was a contributing author to the Australian and New Zealand laser safety standard AS4173. He has lectured internationally on laser safety and on the uses of lasers in clinical diagnosis and treatment, and he has published extensively in this area. He is the principal inventor for several families of patents in advanced optics, laser-based diagnosis and treatment systems, and laser fiber optic systems.