Helen English BDS MDS (Perio) FRACDS (Perio)
Dr Helen English completed her Masters in Periodontology with Distinction from the University of Otago in 2005, gaining her Royal Australasian College Fellowship that same year. She subsequently established Nelson Periodontics, the only private specialist periodontal and dental implant surgery practice in the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Although full time clinical practice is her primary interest, she maintains various research commitments and is member of the Australian & New Zealand Academy of Periodontists, the ITI, the New Zealand Society of Periodontology and local dental branch committees. She has lectured at numerous conferences including the International Academy of Periodontology, ANZAP, the New Zealand Dental Hygienists Association, NZ Association of Orthodontists meetings and the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Convocation - in addition to regular New Zealand Dental Association presentations and day courses for dental colleagues and hygienists. She was awarded a New Zealand Dental Research Foundation Grant to undertake specialist practice-based research into subgingival delivery devices for treatment of periodontitis in conjunction with the University of Otago and the University of Zurich. She is in the process of completing a degree in French and English Literature, and in her spare time she enjoys travelling and the great outdoors.
Have the Bacteria Won? The Rise of Antibiotic Resistance
Antibiotics have long been regarded as one of the wondrous discoveries of the 20th century. However, microbes have taken advantage of our global overuse of these drugs to develop multiple mechanisms of resistance which are endangering the future health of the human race. This lecture will examine the reality of rising resistance to antibiotics and discuss the World Health Organisation strategies for counteracting this threat. What role can we, as periodontists, play in the fight against resistance? What are the antimicrobial protocols we follow in our day to day practice, and are they really necessary