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

  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle
  • Diploma of Applied Science (Dental Therapy), Victorian School of Dental Therapy
  • Bachelor of Oral Health, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), 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

Invitations

Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2017 Improving Oral Health Outcomes using an Integrated Intraprofessional Approach

ADOHTA is the national professional association for oral health practitioners which includes oral health therapists, dental therapists and dental hygienists. ADOHTA advocates for its members and provides professional support for oral health teams to enhance efficiency, productivity, practitioner utilisation and define responsibilities. Our mission is to support collaborative team-based care encompassing oral health practitioners, other dental practitioners and health care providers to enable holistic person-centred care. ADOHTA can assist you to understand these relationships so you can achieve the best oral health outcomes for your patients.


Manuscript Reviews

Year Title Publication Type Publisher Description
2017 Virtual Reality Simulation Preclinical Dentistry. Can a virtual reality simulator replace the traditional phantom heads and facilitators' instruction? Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (HERDC) Simulation in Healthcare Journal In preclinical dental education, the acquisition of clinical, technical skills and the transfer of these skills to the clinic, where real patients are treated, are of paramount importance. Phantom heads provide an efficient way to teach preclinical students dental procedures safely while increasing their dexterity skills considerably. Technological advances have facilitated the incorporation of virtual reality simulation technology in preclinical operative dental education. The aim of this review is to discuss the evidence of the effectiveness and feasibility of the virtual reality simulators as appears in the international literature. A comprehensive literature search was conducted and identified 16 relevant empirical studies. Based on the existing literature combining and alternating the traditional and pioneering virtual reality simulation methods and feedback may enhance the students learning experience and skill acquisition; however, the role of faculty instruction is still critical.
2016 Oral Health Educators Perceptions Student to Student Administration of Local Anaesthetic Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal (HERDC) ANZJDOHT Journal <p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-NZ" style="font-size:12.0pt;">The objective of this study was to explore the oral health educators&rsquo; perceptions of student-to-student administration of local anaesthesia as a pedagogical method.&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12pt;line-height:107%;">Oral health educators are mostly in support of student-to-student administration of local anaesthesia as a pedagogical strategy. A relatively small number of the educators are not supporters of this method of experiential learning.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"></p>

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
ORHL1104 Oral Health Therapy Clinical Skills II
The University of Newcastle - The School of Health Sciences
Lecturer and Simulation Educator 1/07/2015 - 1/01/0001
ORHL6001 Restorative 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
ORHL6002 Paediatric Dentistry
The University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Lecturer and Clinical Tutor 15/01/2010 - 31/12/2014
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 - 1/01/0001
ORHL1101 Oral Health Sciences I
The University of Newcastle - The School of Health Sciences
Lecturer and Tutor 1/01/2015 - 1/01/0001
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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

Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Higgins D, 'The PhD journey: is it for you? Panel Discussion and Conference Presentation' (2014)

Other (52 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Higgins D, 'Oral Health Therapy Individual Clinical Professional Development Course', ( pp.1-169) (2017)
2017 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Class V Cavity Preparation in the Permanent Dentition'', (2017)
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2017 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Class V Cavity Preparation in the Permanent Dentition'', (2017) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2016 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Strip Crowns for Primary Incisors', (2016) [O1]
2016 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Extraction Techniques for the Primary Dentition', (2016) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2016 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Splints for Traumatised Permanent Incisors', (2016) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2016 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Exodontia Posture and Positioning', (2016) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2016 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Extraction Instruments'', (2016)
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2016 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Extraction Instruments'', (2016) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Restoring with Glass Ionomer Cement', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Tunnel Preparation for the Permanent Dentition', (2015) [O1]
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Minimal Class I Cavity Preparation in the Permanent Dentition', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Class VI Cavity Preparation in the Permanent Dentition', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Fissure Sealants', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Class III Cavity Preparation in the permanent Dentition', (2015) [O1]
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Restoring with Composite Resin', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Class IV Cavity Preparation in the permanent Dentition', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Cavity design and preparation', (2015) [O1]
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Matrices and Celluloid Strips', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Finger Rests', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Class II MOD Cavity Preparation for Amalgam Restoration in the Permanent Dentition', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Hand Instruments for Clinical Practice in the BOHT Program', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Rubber Dam use for Clinical Practice in the BOHT Program'', (2015)
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Restoring with Glass Ionomer Cement'', (2015)
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Moisture Control'', (2015)
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Tunnel Preparation for the Permanent Dentition'', (2015)
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Handpiece Use for Clinical Practice in the BOHT Program'', (2015)
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Oral Health Simulation Laboratory'', (2015)
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Assessing Occlusion'', (2015)
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Rotary Burs for Clinical Practice in the BOHT Program'', (2015)
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Class I Cavity Preparation for Amalgam Restoration in the Permanenet Dentition'', (2015)
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Approximal Cavity Preparations in the Permananet Dentition - Slot Prep'', (2015)
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Extensive Occlusal Cavity Preparation in the Permanenet Dentition'', (2015)
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Class II Cavity Preparation in the Permanenet Dentition'', (2015)
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Class I Cavity Preparation in the Permanent Dentition'', (2015)
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Class III Cavity Preparation in the Permanent Dentition'', (2015)
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Rubber Dam use for Clinical Practice in the BOHT Program'', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Moisture Control'', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Oral Health Simulation Laboratory'', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Assessing Occlusion'', (2015) [O1]
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Rotary Burs for Clinical Practice in the BOHT Program'', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Class I Cavity Preparation for Amalgam Restoration in the Permanent Dentition'', (2015) [O1]
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Approximal Cavity Preparations in the Permananet Dentition - Slot Prep'', (2015) [O1]
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Extensive Occlusal Cavity Preparation in the Permanent Dentition'', (2015) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
2015 Higgins D, Wallace JP, ''Class I Cavity Preparation in the Permanent Dentition'', (2015) [O1]
Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Composite Resin Restorative Material', [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Handpiece Use for Clinical Practice in the BOHT Program', [O1]
Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Dispensing Dental Medicaments and Materials', [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Glass Ionomer Cement', [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Dental Amalgam', [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Pulp Vitality Testing for the Permanent Dentition', [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
Higgins D, Wallace JP, 'Linings and Bases for Clinical Practice in the BOHT Program', [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $551,850

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20173 grants / $550,000

Senior Smiles preventive oral health program for older people living in Residential Aged Care Facilities$540,000

Funding body: Elderslee Foundation Australia Ltd

Funding body Elderslee Foundation Australia Ltd
Project Team Doctor Janet Wallace, Associate Professor Jane Taylor, Mrs Denise Higgins, Mrs Linda Wallace
Scheme Philanthropic grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1701230
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

College of Oral Health Academics Meeting 2017$5,000

Funding body: Erskine Dental

Funding body Erskine Dental
Project Team

Denise Higgins; Dr Janet Wallace

Scheme Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON N

College of Oral Health Academics Meeting 2017$5,000

Funding body: Colgate Palmolive

Funding body Colgate Palmolive
Project Team

Dr Janet Wallace; A/Prof Jane Taylor; Denise Higgins

Scheme Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy Program
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON N

20161 grants / $990

Dental Local Anaesthetic Simulator$990

Contribution grant to fund dental local anaesthetic prototype simulator.

Funding body: Mentone Educational

Funding body Mentone Educational
Project Team

Denise Higgins; A/Prof Jane Taylor; Dr Janet Wallace

Scheme Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Donation - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFD
UON N

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
Link Twitter

Office

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