Dr Annalene Weston

Sponsored by Dental Protection

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Human Error and Dentolegal risk

“To err is human”

We cannot remove error from healthcare, as we cannot uncouple from our own humanity. We can however, recognise precursors to error and address these to limit their impact on our patients. Some errors relate to our treatment, and some are simply human in nature.

In this presentation Dr Annalene Weston will explore how human error can impact risk. Annalene will discuss the nature of human error and share strategies dental practitioners can put in place to recognise and manage risk.

Learning Points:

  • Understand how human error impacts on risk
  • Understand the nature and types of human error
  • Learn how to recognise risks and the steps to put in place to manage risk


A Cardiff graduate in 1999, Annalene completed her VT year and worked in general practice in the UK until emigrating to Australia in 2003. She has worked along the Eastern Seaboard practising in both the public and private sectors, and has added a Masters in Health Law from the University of Sydney to her dental qualifications.

Annalene was awarded a Fellowship to the American College of Dentistry in 2016 and the Pierre Fauchard Academy in 2019 in recognition of her work in ethics and collegiate support. She became a Fellow of the International College of Dentistry earlier this year.

Until recently Annalene was practising in Central Queensland and serving on the local HCC; however, she is now based in Brisbane and, in addition to her role with Dental Protection, Annalene works part-time in a suburban dental practice, and is the mother of two rambunctious little boys.