Welcome to What I Wish I Knew by Dental Head Start. This is a podcast where we learn from people that have been there, made the mistakes, learnt the lessons and have developed into the accomplished dental professionals they are today.

It’s your weekly mentoring session.

Hosted by Erica Hwin

Congratulations – you’ve just landed yourself a job offer! But now, as you sit down to have a look at the contract you’ve been given, you start to wonder, ‘What did I sign up for?’

It’s job hunting season, and whether you’re new to the game and looking for your first gig or if you already have a job under your belt but have questions about your contract, we’ve got you covered. 

Ever wondered what the differences between employee-employer relationships, contractors or service and facilities arrangements (SFAs)? In this episode, we bring it back down to basics to cover all the things we should know when signing a contract. 


Harry Nicolaidis

Harry Nicolaidis is a partner at K&L Gates, a global law firm with a strong Australian footprint with 67 partners and more than 200 lawyers. He has gained the confidence and trust of many health practitioners and dental practice owners with his ability to identify and minimise their legal risks and resolve their legal issues when they arise.

Harry assists health practitioners and dental practice owners across a wide range of issues, including the preparation and implementation of Services and Facilities Agreements, the acquisition and disposal of interests in dental practices, contractual disputes, the enforceability of restraint of trade obligations, breach of confidentiality and breach of warranty claims. 

He has practised in New South Wales and Queensland in State and Federal Courts for more than 30 years. Harry has significant experience in employing various methods of alternative dispute resolution including arbitration, mediation, and facilitated negotiation in order to achieve commercial and cost effective outcomes for clients.

Harry has presented at various forums on a range of topics affecting clients in the dental profession, including on issues arising in relation to different types of contracts, breach of obligations, damages and other remedies.


Clinical Aligner Excellence

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Aligners are becoming an integral part of private practice. Whether you are new to aligner therapy or an experienced practitioner, the opportunities are vast. But how do you do it at a high standard, efficiently and profitably?

Dr Geoff Hall and Dr Jesse Green have come together to help with these key problems through Clear Aligner Excellence – their latest education platform.

Visit clearex.com.au for more information. You can expect a wealth of knowledge to help improve your practice as well as huge discounts on major aligner therapy companies and lab fees.


Dental Practitioner Support

Dental Practitioner Support is the first national 24/7 telephone and online service to support dental practitioner health and wellbeing in Australia.

The service is free, confidential and independent. Remember, good practice involves seeking support when you need it. Dental practitioners can call and speak to an experienced team ready to provide advice on a wide range of issues, including mental and physical health, workplace issues and general wellbeing.

Call them anytime you need, and even save the number in your phone so that it’s there on the day that you need it.

1800 377 700 or visit the website www.dpsupport.org.au

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