Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology

Oral Health and Equity

Further Information

Contact a supervisor for detailed information on student research projects

 

Professor Estie Kruger
Professor Estie Kruger

Professor Marc Tennant
Winthrop Professor Marc Tennant


 

International Communities

Please have a look at the International Research Collaborative - Oral Health and Equity website (ircohe.net) for additional information on who we are, what we do and the sorts of things you can do with our team.  There is a link at the bottom of the home page especially for prospective 2015 projects. We have a series of projects that address international community development.  Below are 2 typical projects but there are many others that are available to do – please if you have a passion in the area come and talk.

Example Project: Where are Health specialists in Sri Lanka?
Project outline

Sri Lanka is a developing country about the size of Tasmania with the population of Australia with the history of 30 years long internal conflict which ended recently; leaving the people of Sri Lanka with many difficulties. Accessibility and affordability to quality health care is a serious issue among poor people in Sri Lanka compared to their Australian counterpart. This project will extend work already completed and published in the international literature (image to right).  It will examine the distribution of specialist dental services and how people can get access to these services. Our team includes about 30 postgraduate students and more than 150 collaborators across the globe (ircohe.net). Our mission is to advance our understanding the issues of marginalised peoples and access to good services. We have published in this area in the world’s literature (about 1 paper ever fortnight). The team has worked together for 15 years and will support your efforts – we are a fun team!  An international peer review publication will be expected to come from the research, with the student as lead author.


Project is suitable for

Honours, Masters, (extension of it will lead to Doctorate level).


Supervisor
Win Prof Marc Tennant

 
Other Supervisors

A/Professor Estie Kruger and Dr Irosha Perera

International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity ircohe.ne
Essential qualifications

For Honours: An undergraduate degree a minimum weighted average of about 65% in the level 3 subjects from an approved institution. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

For Masters or PhD: An Honours degree or equivalent research experience from an approved institution. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Desirable Skills/Experience
Apassion for addressing issues of health workforce in remote areas.  A little bit of basic computer skills.
 
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Marginalised Communities

Example Project: Do having grommets link to poor oral health?
Project Outline

Many children suffer from ear infection and need to have grommets to treat the infections.  The bacteria involved in these infections are similar to those that cause tooth decay.  Te proposed study will use Big Data techniques to test the hypothesis that there may be a linkage between these two conditions and that providing a dental surveillance program for patients attending for ear infections may reduce the emergency need for dental care for children and thus reduce health care costs and human suffering.  The study will also include some health financing and cost-benefit analysis.  Our team includes about 30 postgraduate students and more than 150 collaborators across the globe (ircohe.net). Our mission is to advance our understanding the issues of remote, rural and Indigenous peoples and access to good services. We have published on this in the world’s literature (about one paper every two weeks).  The team has been together for over 15 years and we will support your efforts – we are a fun team!  An international peer review publication will be expected to come from the research.

Project is suitable for

Honours, Masters, (extension of it will lead to Doctorate level).

Supervisor

Winthrop Professor Marc Tennant

Other Supervisors
A/Professor Estie Kruger and Professor Kate Dyson
International Research Collaborative – Oral Health and Equity
Essential qualifications

For Honours: An undergraduate degree a minimum weighted average of about 65% in the level 3 subjects from an approved institution. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

For Masters or PhD : An appropriate Honours degree or equivalent research experience from an approved institution. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Desirable skills/experience

A passion for addressing issues of human suffering and marginalisation through better health systems.  A little bit of basic computer skills.

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