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Biography

Associate Professor Fiona Blinkhorn obtained her Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Manchester, UK in 1981. She began her career working for the Public Dental Service in the North West of England treating adults and children with special needs. She obtained her Master of Dental Surgery in 1986 investigating treatment services and dental needs of the elderly living at home. From there she joined the ranks of the academic fraternity and began teaching dental students and hygienists at the University of Manchester whilst undertaking specialist training in Paediatric Dentistry. Teaching has always been Fiona's great passion but she still maintained her clinical interest in Paediatric Dentistry and was awarded the title of Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry by the General Dental Council in 1999. She then began a secondment to the Dental Health Research Unit at the University of Manchester where she was an Examiner on a large caries clinical trial and she also obtained her PhD investigating dento-alveolar trauma in children.

Fiona's career then diversified into management and she held the positions of Director and Clinical Director of Dental Services for a large Area Health Service, again in the UK. Once again, she maintained her clinical and academic teaching sessions. In 2002 Fiona was awarded $500,000 to set up a School to train Dental Therapists and Hygienists within an AHS. The School was, and still is, very successful. In 2007 Fiona emigrated to Australia and once more began a career in the Public Dental Service, as Consultant in Oral health Promotion, for NSSCH Oral Health Service. In 2009 she set up a new program at the University of Newcastle, NSW, - the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy and was appointed to the position of Associate Professor to oversee this new and exciting postgraduate program. Fiona has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and her research interests include health services research, early childhood oral health and the field of dental education

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Manchester - England, 04/07/1994
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Victoria University of Manchester, 06/07/1981

Research

Research keywords

  • Aboriginal oral health
  • Dental education
  • Health Services Research
  • Oral health
  • Paediatric Dentistry

Research expertise

A/Prof Blinkhorn has forty publications in peer reviewed journals and given numerous conference presentations internationally.

Since emigrating to Australia A/Prof Blinkhorn has developed an interest in the oral health of Aboriginal children, which is particularly poor with high levels of dental disease. She is currently working in collaboration with a research team from the University of Sydney to improve early childhood oral health in this population.

A/Prof Blinkhorn is particularly interested in Health Services Research and has undertaken a number of health promotion studies evaluating the benefits of different oral health interventions in the child population.

Having been involved with teaching students for over twenty years, A/Prof Blinkhorn has a special interest in evaluating teaching experiences, particularly outreach teaching. Her research has shown that oral health outreach placements in the public dental service provide numerous benefits to students.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110599Dentistry Not Elsewhere Classified50
111799Public Health And Health Services Not Elsewhere Classified40
110799Immunology Not Elsewhere Classified10

Collaboration

A/Prof Blinkhorn is currently working in collaboration with the Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW Health, looking at ways to improve the oral health of the elderly population. She is also working in collaboration with the Department of Population Oral Health from the University of Sydney investigating different strategies to improve the oral health of Aboriginal children.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Associate Professor Blinkhorn was Founder and Head of the Greater Manchester School for Professions Complementary to Dentistry. The School was funded by a grant from the UK government following a successful grant application from A/Prof Blinkhorn. This position involved professional, administrative and financial responsibility involved with running the School which trained Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists.

A/Prof Blinkhorn is the Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, a position she has held for eight years. The Journal deals with all the vital issues involved in health education and promotion worldwide - providing a valuable link between the health education research and practice communities.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Paediatric Dentistry

Teaching expertise

Associate Professor Blinkhorn has a strong interest in student learning and has undertaken a number of projects evaluating the benefits of student placements. She has over twenty years of experience of teaching in the field of Paediatric Dentistry and is a registered Specialist Paedodontist.

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Highlighted Publications

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1999Hamilton FA, Davis K, Blinkhorn A, 'An Oral Health Promotion Programme for Nursing Caries', International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 9 195-200 (1999) [C1]
1997Hamilton FA, Hill F, Holloway P, 'An investigation of dento-alveolar trauma and its treatment in an adolescent population. Part 1: the prevalence and incidence of injuries and the adequacy of treatment received', British Dental Journal (BDJ), 182 91-95 (1997) [C1]

Publications

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Journal article (51 outputs)

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2013Mojoyinola JK, Blinkhorn FA, 'Impact of Guinea Worm Disease on the socio-economic well-being of a rural community in Oke-Gun areas of Oyo State, Nigeria', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 51 180-184 (2013) [C1]
2013Wallace JP, Blinkhorn AS, Blinkhorn FA, 'Reflective folios for dental hygiene students: what do they tell us about a residential aged care student placement experience?', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DENTAL EDUCATION, 17 236-240 (2013) [C1]
2013Mullen L, Higgins O, Redmayne B, Keegan L, Blinkhorn FA, Blinkhorn A, 'The Impact of Dental Disease on a sample of Aboriginal adults living in the Central Coast Region of New South Wales Australia', Social Science and Dentistry, 2 73-79 (2013) [C2]
2012Blinkhorn FA, Weingarten L, Boivin L, Plain J, Kay M, 'An intervention to improve the oral health of residents in an aged care facility led by nurses', Health Education Journal, 71 527-535 (2012) [C1]
2012Blinkhorn FA, Brown N, Freeman R, Humphris G, Martin A, Blinkhorn A, 'A phase II clinical trial of a dental health education program delivered by aboriginal health workers to prevent early childhood caries', BMC Public Health, 12 681 (2012) [C1]
2012Wallace JP, Taylor JA, Blinkhorn FA, 'An assessment of a service-learning placement programme in residential aged care facilities for final year dental hygiene', Journal of Disability and Oral Health, 13 163-167 (2012) [C1]
2009Dashash M, Blinkhorn FA, Blinkhorn A, 'IL-10 Gene Polymorphisms , Periodontal Disease and Intrauterine Growth Restriction', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 47 94-102 (2009) [C1]
2009Dashash M, Blinkhorn F, Blinkhorn A, 'IL-10 gene polymorphisms, periodontal disease and intrauterine growth restriction: A pilot study', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 47 79-87 (2009) [C1]
2008Tickle M, Milsom K, Qualtrough A, Blinkhorn FA, Aggarwal V, 'The failure rate of NHS funded molar endodontic treatment delivered in general dental practice', British Dental Journal (BDJ), E8 254-259 (2008) [C1]
2008Hopper L, Aspinall A, Mackie I, Blinkhorn FA, 'The views of dentists on their participation in a primary care-based research trial', British Dental Journal (BDJ), 10 584-589 (2008) [C1]
2008Dashash M, Nugent J, Baker P, Tansinder D, Blinkhorn FA, 'Interleukin-6-174 genotype, periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a pilot study', Journal of Clinical Immunology, 28 237-243 (2008) [C1]
2007Nugent J, Dashash M, Blinkhorn FA, Tansinder D, Baker P, 'Periodontal disease is not associated with poor pregnancy outcome', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 45 107-110 (2007) [C1]
2007Aspinall A, Blinkhorn FA, 'The appropriateness of referrals for exodontia in children under General Anaesthesia', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 45 73-76 (2007) [C1]
2007Elkind A, Watts C, Qualtrough A, Blinkhorn A, Potter C, Duxbury J, et al., 'The use of outreach clinics for teaching undergraduate restorative dentistry', British Dental Journal (BDJ), 203 127-132 (2007) [C1]
2006Elkind A, Blinkhorn FA, Mackie I, Tickle M, Duxbury J, Blinkhorn A, 'Service quality implications of dental undergraduate outreach teaching for Primary Care Trusts in England UK', Community Dental Health, 23 75-79 (2006) [C1]
2006Smith M, Lennon M, Brook A, Blinkhorn FA, Blinkhorn A, Robinson P, 'A randomised controlled trial of the effect of outreach placement on treatment planning by dental students', British Dental Journal (BDJ), 201 27-31 (2006) [C1]
2006Blinkhorn FA, 'A unique omission', BRITISH DENTAL JOURNAL, 5-5 (2006)
2005Elkind A, Potter C, Watts C, Blinkhorn FA, Duxbury J, Hull P, Blinkhorn A, 'Patients treated by dental students in outreach:the first year of a pilot project', European Journal of Dental Education, 9 49-52 (2005) [C1]
2005Elkind A, Blinkhorn A, Blinkhorn FA, Duxbury J, Hull P, Brunton P, 'Developing Dental Education in Primary Care: The student perspective', British Dental Journal (BDJ), 42 233-237 (2005) [C1]
2005Nazir M, Blinkhorn FA, 'The provision of dental treatment for HIV positive patients in Manchester', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 43 11-16 (2005) [C1]
2004Nath S, Mushtaque A, Chowdray R, Blinkhorn FA, 'Children's acquisition of health knowledge through compulsory primary schooling in Bangladesh', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 42 4-6 (2004) [C1]
2003Blinkhorn FA, Khazee-Farid R, 'A comparative study to assess the acceptability of the miswak chewing stick amongst Iranian adolescents', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 40 27-31 (2003) [C1]
2003Rayner J, Blinkhorn FA, Duncan K, 'British Society of Paediatric Dentistry: A policy document on Oral Health Care in Pre-School Children', International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 13 279-285 (2003) [C1]
2003Blinkhorn FA, Khazaee-Farid R, 'A comparative study to assess the acceptability of the miswak chewing stick amongst Iranian adolescents', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 41 27-31 (2003)
2002Blinkhorn FA, 'Evaluation of an undergraduate community-based course in Family Dentistry', European Journal of Dental Education, 6 40-44 (2002) [C1]
2002Blinkhorn FA, Khazaee-Farid R, 'Investigation of uptake of miswak and toothbrush in Iranian adolescents', JOURNAL OF DENTAL RESEARCH, 81 A346-A346 (2002)
2001Eckersley A, Blinkhorn FA, 'Dental attendance and dental behaviour in children from deprived and non-deprived areas of Salford, North West England', International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 11 103-109 (2001) [C1]
2001Worthington H, Hill K, Mooney J, Hamilton FA, Blinkhorn A, 'A cluster randomized controlled trial of a dental health education program for 1o-year-old children', Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 61 22-27 (2001) [C1]
2001Hawley G, Blinkhorn FA, Duxbury J, 'Caries among 3-year-olds in Greater Manchester', British Dental Journal (BDJ), 190 381-384 (2001) [C1]
2001Hill K, Mooney J, Blinkhorn FA, Blinkhorn A, 'Developing a dental health education programme (DHE)', Dental Health, 40 3-7 (2001) [C1]
2001Blinkhorn FA, Davis K, 'A role for health visitors in Oral Health Promotion', National Dental Health Education Group Journal, 3 9-11 (2001) [C1]
2001Redmond C, Hamilton FA, Kay E, Worthington H, Blinkhorn A, 'An investigation into the value and relevance of oral health promotion leaflets for young adolescents', International Dental Journal, 51 164-168 (2001) [C1]
2001Davies GM, Blinkhorn FA, Duxbury JT, 'A survey of caries in 3-year-olds in Greater Manchester - Caries among 3-year-olds in Greater Manchester', BRITISH DENTAL JOURNAL, 190 372-372 (2001)
2000Blinkhorn FA, Mackie I, 'The value of radiographs in the assessment of previously traumatised teeth', European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 4 157-160 (2000) [C1]
2000Blinkhorn FA, 'The aetiology of dento-alveolar injuries and factors influencing attendance for emergency care of adolescents in North West England', Endodontics and Dental Traumatology, 16 162-165 (2000) [C1]
2000Onoja B, Shabu L, Blinkhorn FA, 'Illegal abortion in Nigeria and its effects on women's health- a serious problem requiring an urgent solution', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 38 138-139 (2000) [C1]
2000Blinkhorn FA, 'The aetiology of dento-alveolar injuries and factors influencing attendance for emergency care of adolescents in the North West of England', ENDODONTICS & DENTAL TRAUMATOLOGY, 16 162-165 (2000)
2000Blinkhorn FA, 'Dental students evaluation of a community-based family dentistry course.', JOURNAL OF DENTAL RESEARCH, 79 251-251 (2000)
1999Blinkhorn FA, Blinkhorn A, Tickle M, 'A profile of the dentists working in the Community Dental Service in the United Kingdom in 1999', British Dental Journal (BDJ), 190 266-268 (1999) [C1]
1999Redmond C, Blinkhorn FA, Kay E, Worthington H, Davies R, Blinkhorn A, 'A cluster randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of a school-based Dental Education Program for adolescents', Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 59 12-17 (1999) [C1]
1999Hamilton FA, Davis K, Blinkhorn A, 'An Oral Health Promotion Programme for Nursing Caries', International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 9 195-200 (1999) [C1]
1999Blinkhorn FA, Davis K, 'Reducing nursing caries: the role of health visitors', Community Practitioner, 72 174-175 (1999) [C1]
1998Hawley G, Hamilton FA, Murray F, Baggett J, 'Evaluation of a teaching aid for dental students', European Journal of Dental Education, 2 133-137 (1998) [C1]
1998Hawley G, Hamilton FA, 'The National Health Service, the Health Education Authority and the Voluntary Sector', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 36 102-105 (1998) [C1]
1997Blinkhorn FA, Hill F, Holloway P, 'An investigation of dento-alveolar trauma and its treatment in an adolescent population. Part 2: dentists' knowledge of management methods and their perceptions of barriers to providing care', British Dental Journal (BDJ), 182 129-133 (1997) [C1]
1997Hamilton FA, 'Doctor's reported knowledge on how to deal with a front tooth which has been knocked out', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 35 26-28 (1997) [C1]
1997Hamilton FA, Hill F, Mackie I, 'Investigation of lay knowledge of the management of avulsed permanent incisors', Endodontics and Dental Traumatology, 13 19-23 (1997) [C1]
1997Hamilton FA, Hill F, Holloway P, 'An investigation of dento-alveolar trauma and its treatment in an adolescent population. Part 1: the prevalence and incidence of injuries and the adequacy of treatment received', British Dental Journal (BDJ), 182 91-95 (1997) [C1]
1995Hawley G, Hamilton FA, Worthington H, Davies R, Holloway P, Davies G, Blinkhorn A, 'A 30-month study investigating the effect of adding triclosan/copolymer to a fluoride dentifrice', Caries Research, 29 163-167 (1995) [C1]
1993Hawley G, Hamilton FA, Worthington H, 'An investigation into the use of a voice operated data input system', Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 29 24-26 (1993) [C1]
1990Hamilton FA, Sarll D, Grant A, Worthington H, 'Dental care for elderly people by general dental practitioners', British Dental Journal (BDJ), 168 108-112 (1990) [C1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants4
Total funding$313,785

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2013 (1 grants)

Seniors Smiles - Oral health initiative for residents in Residential Aged Care Facilities$100,000
Funding Body: Central Coast NSW Medicare Local Limited

Project Team
Doctor Janet Wallace, Associate Professor Jane Taylor, Mrs Linda Wallace, Associate Professor Fiona Blinkhorn
SchemeRole
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$100,00020132013
GNo:G1301038

2012 (3 grants)

A phase two clinical trial of a program delivered by Aboriginal Health to prevent Early Childhood Caries in Aboriginal children.$189,020
Funding Body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Project Team
Professor Anthony Blinkhorn, Dr David Walker, Associate Professor Fiona Blinkhorn, Associate Professor Ngiare Brown
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$189,02020122015
GNo:G1200081

Evaluation of a training program in care of the elderly living in residential aged care facilities by final year dental hygiene students. A randomised controlled trial.$20,000
Funding Body: NSW Ministry of Health

Project Team
Associate Professor Fiona Blinkhorn, Associate Professor Jane Taylor
SchemeRole
Centre for Oral Health StrategyChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$20,00020122012
GNo:G1200686

Digital and/or simulated learning modules for dental hygiene and dental therapy clinical practice$4,765
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Janet Wallace, Associate Professor Jane Taylor, Associate Professor Fiona Blinkhorn
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,76520122012
GNo:G1200711
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.65

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142017PhD (Oral Health)Co-SupervisorA Longitudinal Cohort Study of Bachelor of Oral Health Students from the University of Newcastle to Determine Employment Opportunities, Career Choices, and Job Satisfaction
20132021PhD (Oral Health)Principal Supervisor"Smiles Not Tears" Oral Health Education Program for Aboriginal Health Workers
20112018PhD (Oral Health)Principal SupervisorTo Investigate Clinical Preventive Oral Health Care for Adolescents Accessing NSW Public Oral Health Services: A Mixed Methods Study

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2013PhD (Oral Health)Principal SupervisorThe Development of a Service-Learning Model of Health Promotion in the Residential Aged Care Environment for Dental Hygiene Students
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Associate Professor Fiona Blinkhorn

Work Phone (02) 4349 4530
Cell / Mobile Phone0422768223
Fax(02) 4349 4538
Email
PositionLecturer
Oral Health
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaOral Health
Office
Health Precinct 2.22,
Health Precinct, Ourimbah,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/fiona-blinkhorn