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Dr Peter Norton BDS (Adel)

Dr Norton graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2004 where he was admitted to the Dean’s List and received academic prizes in Prosthodontics and Dental Clinical Practice.

Peter currently divides his time between rural and metropolitan practices,  He is a regular host, interviewer and moderator for digital CPD events and is a clinical media advisor to the Australian Dental Association.  When not practicing dentistry – Peter enjoys social tennis and volleyball.


A past ADAQ President, and current member of the ADAQ Council and Peer Review panel, Martin has served on the ADA’s Schedule and Third-Party Committee for 14 years, and 4 years on the ICC. In 2016, Martin was awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the ADAQ. He is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and is a panellist with Australian Government Professional Services Review. He was elected to ADA Federal Council in 2014 and to Federal Executive in 2018. He provides CPD webinars for DHAA, ADAQ and ADA.


As dentists, we’re expected to uphold the high standard of professional behaviour that warrants the trust and respect of the community. What are the consequences if our conduct – within our professional or private lives – doesn’t meet that high standard?  It turns out that even a minor criminal charge can have a devastating effect on our professional registration. So how can we go about staying out of trouble? This discussion will cover aspects of personal ethics, professional ethics, and accusations of overcharging and overservicing in the profession.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what personal and professional issues come into consideration
  • Explore practical scenarios and learn from other practitioners’ mistakes
  • Know how alleged personal and professional misconduct might be reported to AHPRA
  • Identify surprising pitfalls that have landed unsuspecting practitioners in hot water