Mrs Denise Higgins

Mrs Denise Higgins

Lecturer In Oral Health

School of Health Sciences (Oral Health)

Career Summary

Biography

Denise graduated in Melbourne with a Diploma of Applied Science (Dental Therapy) and commenced work as a Dental Therapist in Gippsland, Victoria. Denise has worked in fixed clinics and in mobile school dental vans servicing rural areas of Gippsland and The Latrobe Valley. Denise relocated to NSW and commenced work as a Dental Therapist in the public dental service with Hunter New England Oral Health Service in school based and community clinics. After completing degrees in BOH in Dental Hygiene and Bachelor of Health Science Honours she registered and practiced as an Oral Health Therapist.

Denise is currently employed as a Lecturer in Oral Health for the Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy Program with The University of Newcastle. She has a graduate certificate in tertiary teaching, a PhD Candidate and is currently completing a graduate certificate in clinical simulation. Research areas include simulation in oral health and higher education.

Denise joined The Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association (ADOHTA) NSW branch Executive Committee and has served as a general member, Vice President and is the current President. During her time on the committee she has also fulfilled the role of Newsletter Editor. She is a member of ADOHTA (NSW), Simulation Australasia, College of Oral Health Academics (COHA), UON oral health external advisory group and a peer reviewer for academic journals.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Diploma of Applied Science (Dental Therapy), Victorian School of Dental Therapy
  • Bachelor of Oral Health, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • BOHT
  • Dental Therapy
  • Oral Health Therapy
  • PhD
  • Simulation

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
080110 Simulation and Modelling 50
110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified 25
130103 Higher Education 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer In Oral Health University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/09/2014 -  President ADOHTA (NSW) Inc.
Australia
1/09/2012 - 1/09/2014 Vice President ADOHTA (NSW) Inc.
Australia
1/09/2011 - 1/09/2012 General Executive ADOHTA (NSW) Inc.
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
19/12/2008 - 31/01/2010 Oral Health Therapist Hunter New England Local Health District
Hunter New England Oral Health
1/08/1995 - 18/12/2008 Dental Therapist Hunter New England Oral Health
Australia
1/01/1991 - 31/07/1995 Dental Therapist Dental Health Services Victoria
Australia

Awards

Teaching Award

Year Award
2015 Faculty of Health and Medicine Teaching and Learning Award
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
ORHL6001 Restorative Dentistry
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lecturer and Clinical Tutor 15/01/2010 - 31/12/2014
ORHL6002 Paediatric Dentistry
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lecturer and Clinical Tutor 15/01/2010 - 31/12/2014
ORHL6003 Management of Acute Conditions in Oral Health
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lecturer and Clinical Tutor 15/01/2010 - 31/12/2014
ORHL1101 Oral Health Sciences I
The University of Newcastle - The School of Health Sciences
Lecturer and Tutor 1/01/2015 - 26/09/2016
ORHL1104 Oral Health Therapy Clinical Skills II
The University of Newcastle - The School of Health Sciences
Lecturer and Simulation Educator 1/07/2015 - 31/12/2016
ORHL2103 Oral Health Therapy Clinical Skills IV
The University of Newcastle - The School of Health Sciences
Lecturer, Tutor, Simulation Educator and Clinical Tutor 1/01/2016 - 26/10/2016
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Higgins D, Smith L, Masoe AV, Wallace JP, 'The PhD journey: is it for you? Report of a Facilitated Panel Discussion and Conference Presentation', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy, 21-25 (2015) [C2]
Co-authors Janet Wallace

Other (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Hand Instruments for Clinical Practice in the BOHT Program', . UON Australia (2015)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $860

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20141 grants / $860

Cutting Edge Oral Health, Panthers Entertainment Complex, 1 Bray Street Port Macquarie, NSW 2014, 26 - 27 September 2014$860

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Mrs Denise Higgins
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1400953
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Mrs Denise Higgins

Position

Lecturer In Oral Health
Oral Health
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Oral Health

Contact Details

Email denise.higgins@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4348 4671
Mobile 0466 808 638
Fax (02) 4349 4538

Office

Room MP 212
Building Multipurpose Building
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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