Dentistry Talks on Forensic Odontology and Consent, Ethics &Jurisprudence

Dr Norhayati Jaffar explaining to the students on the roles of a general dental practitioner in forensic odontology.

Dentistry Talks on Forensic Odontology and Consent, Ethics &Jurisprudence

The Faculty of Dentistry organised talks by guest lecturers for its dentistry students. The guest speakers were Dr Norhayati Jaffar who spoke on the roles of general dental practitioners in forensic odontology and Colonel Dr Mohamad Asri bin Din who spoke on Consent in Dentistry.

The talk by Colonel Dr Mohamad Asri bin Din was a continuation of his previous talk on Consent, Ethics and Jurisprudence in Dentistry on 23rd November 2016.

The event started with a welcome speech from Datuk Dr Khairiyah, the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry. Through the lecture, the students were informed of the importance of recognising signs of child abuse, how to maintain dental records in patient folders and the importance of consent in dentistry.

The speaker, Dr Norhayati Jaffar, obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Malaya in 1998 and her master’s degree in forensic Odontology from the University of Melbourne in 2010. She started her career in 1998 working in several government clinics as a dental officer in Johor Bahru. She then pursued her master’s degree in Melbourne and is currently working in the maxillofacial unit of Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

Dr Norhayati has played an instrumental role in various cases such as the Sosilawati murder case, bite-marks found in child and sexual abuse cases, estimating the ages of people in detention, disasters like multiple capsized boats all over the country, Kuching helicopter crash carrying VIPs during Sarawak state election, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster and mass graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis.

While Colonel Dr Mohamad Asri bin Din currently holds the position as Head of Specialty in Restorative Dentistry for the Malaysian Armed Forces Dental Services. Dr Asri joined the military service as a Dental Officer in 1995 and became a Specialist in Restorative Dentistry since 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University Malaya and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from UiTM. He pursued his postgraduate training in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics at the Newcastle University, UK from 2000-2004. In 2005, he was appointed as the Coordinator for Dental Examination for the 1st Malaysian Angkasawan Program.

From 2006-2007, he was appointed as the Commander of the Malaysian Medical Unit serving under the United Nation’s peacekeeping mandate in the disputed Western Sahara Territory in West Africa.

Colonel Asri’s interests are mainly in implant dentistry, prosthodontics and medico-legal. Apart from his daily job as a clinical specialist, he is also a member of the Preliminary Investigation Committee (PIC) for the Malaysian Dental Council and various other medicolegal committees. Currently, he is also an accredited lecturer for the Switzerland-based International Committee of Military Medicine (ICMM) for the Law of Armed Conflict & Medical Ethics Courses.

Thank you Dr. Norhayati and Colonel Dr Asri for that inspirational session!