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Mr Ben Whitworth a UK based Dodge representative who is a licensed embalmer a certified BIE tutor and currently technical editor of the BIE publication The Embalmer. Ben also works closely with anatomy schools in the UK trialling various chemicals to move them away from their old-style phenol-based product. Ben will also be accompanied on the tour by Dodge Vice President Craig Caldwell whom you have all meet and will also take part in the presentations.

Dodge Practical Embalming Demonstration - AUCKLAND - Friday 9 November 2018
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There are no end of challenging cases in today's professional practice and one of the most challenging is that of the frozen and thawed body. Whether due to medical or forensic examination the frozen body needs careful preparation to enable a positive viewing to take place. In this practical session we will look at the treatment required for successfully embalming the frozen case. We will cover the preparation of the deceased pre and post-embalming, review the use of different techniques for preparing and setting features. The use of high pressure and low flow when injecting the body to ensure thorough and complete tissue saturation and whether delayed aspiration is a benefit in these cases.

The use of pre-injections in these cases and how they prepare the body for receiving arterial embalming both on a practical and chemical level, advantages of pre-injections and when to use them, managing and movement of the case to avoid further damage and treatment of body condition as a result of freezing the body. The choice of arterial chemicals co-injection and accessory chemicals to deal with frozen remains and how they can be used to overcome issues such as blisters, skin slip and discolorations.
Frozen cases can be very successfully embalmed and require specialist care to ensure a positive outcome, presenters Craig Caldwell and Ben Whitworth will provide an engaging and informative practical session.

Dodge Embalming Seminar - WELLINGTON - Tuesday 13 November 2018
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Dodge Embalming Seminar- CHRISTCHURCH - Thursday 15 November 2018
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Major advancements in modern medicine and aggressive treatment protocols for a wide range of medical conditions have seen as decrease in the routine or trouble-free case from the embalmers point of view. In this presentation, we will examine some of these cases and look at what available options we have in terms of embalming treatment. Within the discussion, we will examine some of the following and a selection of the special issues found in all of these cases as well as some handy hints and tips for everyday embalming. Jaundice Case, Oedematous Case, Tissue Gas Case, Emaciated Case, Long Term Case
Case assessments: Injection & Drainage techniques, Chemical selections & why, Cavity treatments, Closure of Incisions, Finishing Procedures and Final presentation Cosmetic Selections, application, and Why

Whether there has been a change of plans, something has gone wrong, or you have received a bad repatriation case, there are times when the only option left is to re-embalm the already treated case. In this presentation, we will look at some scenarios where the only option left is to re-embalm.
Case assessments: Injection and Drainage techniques, Chemical selections and why, Cavity treatments, Closure of Incisions, Waxes & Reconstruction as needed, Finishing Procedures and Final presentation Cosmetic Selections, application, and Why
At the conclusion of the presentation, delegates should have a wide understanding of all of these cases and the treatment options best suited to the case at hand.

From many areas within funeral service, we get the impression that the rate of embalming is dropping on a regular basis. During this PowerPoint presentation, we will consider the reasons that this may be possible. To do so, we will look at several different areas of concern. First, we will look at the history of embalming from a very brief and cursory position.
We will then look at the possible reasons for the decrease in families requesting embalming as an option:
• poor embalming
• too many other outside options such as memorialization options
• lack of understanding by funeral directors of what embalming is and how to explain it
• cost
At the conclusion of the presentations, it expected that the delegates will have a different understanding of how they can have a direct and immediate effect on slowing down or in hopefully increasing the selection of embalming in their own businesses

Today's Qualifications in Funeral Services
Training and education to achieve Funeral Service Industry qualifications is normally through full-time employment in the industry, combined with formal study. Formal training programmes are provided by Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec).

There are currently two level five diploma qualifications registered on the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) framework for Funeral Services, they are:

Entry Requirements

The nature of the work in Fuenral Directing and Embalming means that the people employed in this field require a degree of maturity and must be certain that this career is for them. For this reason students must normally be at least 20 years of age before commencing the formal training programme.

Intending students must be employees of funeral/embalming companies and have at least one year's relevant employment in the industry before commencing the formal training programme. Normally for the National Diploma in Embalming, this will mean that they have had at least one year relevant experience in the practice of embalming.

There are no minimum adademic entry requirements for either programme, but the applicants must demonstrate that they have a reasonable likelihood of success. This will be ascertained during the period of employment prior to enrolment on the formal training programme.

The WelTec courses available are:

Click on the this link for further information on WelTec funeral services courses:

Training Hour Credits

Qualified Funeral Directors and Embalmers can apply for Training Hour Credits for additional training about to be undertaken or attendance at seminars relevant to their Practicing Certificate (note: THC cannot be applied for restrospectively).

Application for FSTT Approval of Seminar in Word or PDF can be viewed and printed by clicking on the following links:

FSTT Approval of Seminar (word)
FSTT Approval of Seminar (pdf)