Dr Caitlin Agnew

NZDA Caitlin Agnew

Paediatric trauma- Cat got your tongue? A case review of common and not so common cases

Traumatic dental injuries can be incredibly stressful for both the affected child and their parents. It can also be challenging for the dental team involved, as its management may be complicated, unpredictable, time consuming and difficult in a young child, due to behaviour management considerations and immature tooth development. Being prepared with evidence-based guidelines and knowing how to apply them is the key to achieving successful short and long term treatment outcomes for our Paediatric patients. Join our panelists Arun, Caitlin and Assil on a journey through Paediatric dental trauma looking at a range of cases on topics such as complicated crown fractures, immature vs. mature traumatised teeth and replacement resorption/ankylosis. A focus will be placed on the importance of the multidisciplinary management of complex cases and the key role that general dental practitioners play along the treatment pathway. This interactive session will have you thinking outside the box and introduce you to the contemporary management of dental trauma in children and adolescents, new materials and alternative techniques that you can apply in your practice.

Paediatric behaviour modification: Breaking through bundles of nerves, butterflies and bulldozers

Getting into the good graces of children is almost half the work to be accomplished. Indeed, behaviour modification is the cornerstone of Paediatric dentistry, and is widely agreed to be the ultimate preventive and restorative tool. Since children exhibit a broad range of physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs, as well as a diversity of attitudes and temperaments, it is important that dental clinicians who work with paediatric patients have a wide range of behaviour modification techniques to meet the needs of children, and the ability to be tolerant and flexible in their implementation. Join Caitlin, as she takes you on a journey through the key elements of behaviour modification: managing yourself, managing the patient and managing the parents. There will be a special focus on current concepts of managing child behaviour in the dental setting, building trusting relationships with the child and parents, and, ultimately, promoting a positive attitude toward oral health care.


Caitlin completed her BDS in Otago, followed by working for the Auckland District health Board (ADHB) for two years as a maxillo-facial and dental house surgeon.

After two years in private practice and a passion for Paediatric Dentistry, she moved to Sydney where she was employed as a Paediatric dental registrar for 3 years at the Sydney Children’s hospital and at the Westmead Centre for Oral health.

She completed her DClinDent through the University of Sydney and is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, in her speciality.

Caitlin holds the vice-president appointment for the Australasian Academy of Paediatric dentistry. She currently works part-time as a Consultant Specialist Paediatric dentist at ADHB, part-time in private practice in Auckland, and part-time as a Mum to her very active 15 month old son, Theo. Her main interests include paediatric oral surgery and providing care for children

Caitlin's current research ventures include: investigating paediatric oral pathology in a large tertiary referral centre, investigating the family impact of child orofacial cleft and the effectiveness of oral health promotion interventions during adolescence: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

She is currently part of the research team at the Starship Children’s Hospital investigating the Validation of a Respiratory Checklist for children with Cerebral Palsy in New Zealand.