he overall goal of the Oral Health Inequalities Research Group is to undertake mixed methods research to provide high quality evidence which will assist in improving services, outcomes and reduce oral health inequalities. This work centres around the use of epidemiological approaches that are largely new or unexplored in dental research – it has become evident in this research that high quality epidemiological research requires understanding of existing evidence, understanding variables and contexts, and translating research.
Program leader: Professor Linda Slack-Smith
Program members: Research A/Prof Angela Durey, Dr Claire Scrine, Dr Bola Adebayo, Ms Marlia Fatnowna
DMD students: DMD 4: Jessica Duskovic, Neepa Naik, Ol’ga Knurova, Michiel de Beer PROJ16: Oral health delivery to refugee children in Western Australia – The perspective of health providers and stakeholders. DMD4: Mei Ling Koh, Teresa Chang, Billy Kim PROJ25: Exploration of Media Articles Related to Oral Health in Australia, DMD3: Safaa Idris, Somto Aghanwa, John Shim, Ky Nguyen PROJ70 Developing resources for oral care for the home bound elderly. DMD3: Sadha Shiv Gupta, Praveen Perera, Rajinda Pathirana, Navangi Fernando PROJ71 Oral hygiene for people in residential aged care and Dental care for people in residential care with acquired brain injury. DMD3 Sina Sabeti, Puripast Sujirapinyokul, Vishnu Selvaraj, Claire Waldock PROJ78 Qualitative investigation of adult male refugee experience in dental care.
Collaborators: Adj Prof Nicky Kilpatrick (UWA, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute), Prof David Brennan (UAdel), A/Prof Len Crocombe (UTas), Dr Martin O’Grady (UWA), Prof Sonj Hall (Prof Health Policy and Economics QUT), Prof Kate Tilling (University of Bristol), Prof Barry Gibson (University of Sheffield), Professor Sarah Baker (University of Sheffield), Prof Dawn Bessarab (UWA), Dr Dan McAullay (UWA, ECU).
Research Program Objectives
The key objectives of the Oral Health Inequalities Research Group are to:
It is slowly being recognised that oral health requires a substantial shift from treating advanced dental disease toward a multidisciplinary approach to prevention with increasing recognition of the need to better understand the social determinants that influence oral health inequalities. Such understanding is imperative for the design of effective prevention programs. Research conducted by the team will aim to adopt and review:
Professor Linda Slack-Smith is a Chief Investigator of the National Centre for Research Excellence in Primary Oral Health Care (CRE) that was formed through the collaboration of three Australian universities (Adelaide, Tasmania, and Western Australia). The CRE is funded with a grant of $2.5 million over 4 years as part of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute through the Australian National University (ANU) financed by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing. For more information please see National Centre for Research Excellence in Primary Oral Health Care (CRE).