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Dawn Bessarab

Dawn Bessarab BSW(Hons), PhD(Curtin)

Professor, Director | Perth, Western Australia    Australia
Dental Public Health, Dentistry,...More
Dental Public Health, Dentist,...More
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Biography :

Dawn Bessarab is a Winthrop Professor and Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health, University of Western Australia, and is a highly regarded Aboriginal researcher who advocates the importance of having an understanding of the cultural traditions of Aboriginal people. Her own research has enabled her to identify ways in which Aboriginal and non Aboriginal service providers interact counter productively because of differing cultural assumptions. She has extensive experience in providing support services for Aboriginal and other Australians across WA. This has led to Dawn recognising the lack of cultural understanding of Aboriginal people and the dynamics of Aboriginal family life in contemporary urban and regional environments that undermines the generally well meaning efforts of many service providers. The importance of the extended family, maintaining relationship to the land and practicing traditional values, are often not appreciated by non-Indigenous people. Yet these factors are intrinsic to the mind, body and spirit conception that Aboriginal people have of health. Professor Bessarab contributed to the overall leadership of this research program and her insights into the misunderstandings that can develop between Aboriginal and non Aboriginal people were particularly valuable for this research.

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Dental Public Health, Dentistry, Psychiatry

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MOC / CME / CE Requirements
Connecticut Medical Examining Board

Connecticut Medical Examining Board accepts the credit courses that are accredited by ACCME and awards AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

MD/DO Requirement:

CME Credits Required : 50.00 | Licensing Cycle AMA PRA : 2 Years | Category Credits : 0.00

A minimum of 50 contact hours of qualifying continuing medical education every 2 years commencing on the first date of license renewal;1 contact hour means a minimum of 50 minutes of the continuing education activity once every 6 years.1 CME hour in each of the following topics:

(A) Infectious diseases, including, but not limited to, acquired immune deficiency syndrome and human immunodeficiency virus,
(B) risk management,
(C) sexual assault,
(D) domestic violence,
(E) cultural competency,
(F) behavioral health.

Beginning January 1, 2020, such behavioral health CME must include at least 2 contact hours on diagnosing and treating (i) cognitive conditions, including, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, delirium, related cognitive impairments, and geriatric depression, or (ii) mental health conditions, including, but not limited to, those common to veterans and family members of veterans such as post-traumatic stress, risk of suicide, depression, and grief. OCC/MOC not accepted as a substitute. The commissioner may grant a waiver for not more than 10 contact hours of CME for physicians who:

(1) engage in activities related to the physician’s service as a member of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board,
(2) engage in activities related to the physician’s service as a member of a medical healing panel, or
(3) assist the state Department of Public Health with its duties to board and commissions (described in Ch. 368a. Sec. 10a-14).