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Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) - Current Concepts and Management Principles


Unfortunately, due to insufficient numbers this course has had to be cancelled. Participants who have already registered will be contacted and refunded. 

Thursday 6 September 2018


Hunter Centre, University of Otago 
Great King Street

Course Content

Lectures and a hands-on session covering current concepts and principles for the diagnosis and management of temporomandibular disorders.

This workshop will cover:

  • The current evidence based knowledge of TMD
  • The concept of central changes
  • Examination and diagnosis of TMD
  • The differential diagnosis of facial pain
  • Examination of the TMD patient
  • Management of TMD

6 hours of CPD


No more registrations will be taken.


Ajith PolonowitaAjith D Polonowita

Head of Discipline Oral Medicine

Ajith graduated from Otago in dentistry and specialised in Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine from the University of Melbourne. He is a registered specialist in Australia and New Zealand and currently holds positions with board of Studies RACDS and Equivalence committee for AHPRA. He is also Academic Lead in Oral Pathology and Medicine at La Trobe University and Head of Oral Medicine at University of Otago. Ajith also has specialist Private services in Australia, Canterbury and Otago.

Ajith has published widely and also reviewer for many peer reviewed Journals.

Mauro FarellaMauro Farella

DDS, PhD, PD, Specialist in Orthodontics
Head of Discipline Orthodontics

Mauro Farella is Professor of Orthodontics, Director of the Postgraduate Programme in Orthodontics (Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry) and Associate Dean Postgraduate Studies, and Deputy Associate Dean for Research at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He holds a DDS Degree (University of Naples), a Specialist Degree in Orthodontics (University of Naples), a PhD in Oral Sciences (University of Reggio Calabria), a Specialist Degree in Medical Statistics (University of Milan), and the "Venia Legendi" in Switzerland (University of Zürich). He has also been awarded Certified Membership of the European Board of Orthodontists (Helsinki, Finland).

His current research interests include craniofacial growth, jaw function, and biomechanics in orthodontics. In addition, Mauro Farella is a widely recognized expert in orofacial muscles, bruxism, and temporomandibular joint research. Mauro Farella has published numerous (>110) original articles in peer-reviewed international journals, He was recently on the Editorial Board of the “Journal of Dental Research”, and is currently on that of the "Journal of Oral Rehabilitation". He has lectured around the world and is an active member of many associations. He is the recipient of several national and international research prizes, such as the Alan Docking Award from the International Association for Dental Research, and the Sir John Walsh Award, to acknowledge the excellence achieved in dental research.

Course Duration

6 Hours


Face to Face and Hands on

Maximum Number of Participants

Open to General Medical Practitioners, Physiotherapists, General Dentists, Dental therapists, and Hygienists