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Dr Janet Wallace

Lecturer in Oral Health

School of Health Sciences (Oral Health)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Janet Wallace is a registered Oral Health Therapist with qualifications in dental therapy, dental hygiene, business management, tertiary teaching and was awarded her PhD (Oral Health) in 2013.  She has worked in private and public dental practice spending many years working for Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service in various roles including, Senior Dental Therapist, Community Dental Health Programs Office, Manager Child Dental Services, Acting Director Community Dental Services and Health Promotion Co-ordinator. In 2008 Janet joined the University of Newcastle as a Conjoint Lecturer to implement an aged care student placement program in residential aged care facilities on the NSW Central Coast, which was the focus of her PhD research.

In 2009 Janet joined A/Professor Fiona Blinkhorn in setting up a new program at the University of Newcastle - the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy and was appointed to the position of Lecturer.  Janet was appointed as Acting Program Convenor for the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy program in 2014.

Janet worked in partnership with NSW, Medicare Local, Erina during 2014 on the research project 'Seniors Smiles'.  The twelve month research project placed a registered dental hygienist in five residential aged care facilities on the NSW Central Coast providing oral health risk assessments, oral health care plans, oral health education and referral pathways for residents who required dental care. 

Janet has a number of publications, has presented at national and international conferences and in 2013 received a faculty research staff excellence award, a work integrated learning award and a RHD award for her PhD.   Janet is a life member of the NSW Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association, a peer reviewer for the Australian and New Zealand Oral Health Therapy journal and an appointed board member of the NSW Dental Council.

Research Expertise
Since joining the university Dr Janet Wallace has developed an interest in the oral health of residents in aged care facilities, this is the focus of her current research project with Medicare Local NSW, Erina. Dr Janet Wallace has a particular interest in student experiential learning and has developed a teaching DVD for dental hygiene students attending community placements in residential aged care facilities. She has also developed two clinical instructional teaching DVDs, one for the application of pulpotomies and stainless steel crowns in dental therapy study and the other for dental hygiene instrumentation.

Teaching Expertise
Dr Janet Wallace is a registered Oral Health Therapist with many years experience in clinical dentistry, teaching and health promotion. She has a keen interest in student experiential learning and is committed to providing quality teaching and learning experiences for her students.

Administrative Expertise
Dr Janet Wallace was appointed to the NSW Dental Council for a period of three years commencing July 2012.

Collaborations
Dr Janet Wallace has research interests in tertiary teaching, student experiential learning, service-learning, aged care oral health and non - traditional student placements, this research has been presented at national and international conferences. Janet is currently working in partnership with Central Coast Local Health District to implement a non - traditional oral health student placement program in the geriatric rehabilitation wards at Woy Woy and Wyong Public Hospitals.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Oral Health), University of Newcastle
  • Diploma in Frontline Management, NSW Health
  • Diploma of Dental Therapy, College of Dental Therapy (Westmead Hospital)
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, NSW Health
  • Bachelor of Oral Health, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Dental Therapy
  • Experiential learning
  • Oral Health
  • Residential Aged Care Oral Health
  • Service-Learning
  • Service-learning
  • Visual teaching aids/ DVDs

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified 50
111702 Aged Health Care 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2014 -  Lecturer in Oral Health University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/05/2014 -  Program Convenor, Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/2008 -  Lecturer Oral Health University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
1/01/2000 - 1/12/2002 Acting Director NSW Health Central Coast Area Health Services, Community Dental Services
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2004 - 1/12/2008 Oral Health Promotion Co-ordinator NSW Health Central Coast Area Health Services, Community Dental Services
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/12/2004 Senior Dental Therapists NSW Health Central Coast Area Health Services, Community Dental Services
Australia
1/01/1993 - 1/12/1998 Community Dental Health Programs Officer NSW Health
Australia
1/01/1989 - 1/12/2002 Manager, Child Dental Services NSW Health
Australia
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Publications

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


Journal article (11 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Lewis A, Wallace J, Deutsch A, King P, 'Improving the oral health of frail and functionally dependent elderly', AUSTRALIAN DENTAL JOURNAL, 60 95-105 (2015)
DOI 10.1111/adj.12288 Author URL
2015 Wallace JP, Blinkhorn AS, Blinkhorn FA, 'A qualitative study examining the preparedness of dental hygiene students for a service-learning placement in residential aged care.', Int J Dent Hyg, (2015)
DOI 10.1111/idh.12157 Author URL
Co-authors Fiona Blinkhorn
2015 Wallace JP, 'The development of a service-learning model of health promotion in the residential aged care environment for dental hygiene students', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy, 1 24-24 (2015)
2015 Wallace JP, 'The great age debate - Encouraging a team approach', Dental Hygienist Association Australia Bulletin, 1 13-13 (2015)
2015 Wallace JP, Blinkhorn A S, Blinkhorn F A, 'A qualitative study examining the preparedness of dental hygiene students for a service-learning placement in residential aged care', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 1-7 (2015)
DOI 10.1111/idh.12157
2014 Blinkhorn F, Wallace J, Smith L, Blinkhorn AS, 'Developing leaflets to give dental health advice to Aboriginal families with young children', INTERNATIONAL DENTAL JOURNAL, 64 195-199 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/idj.12108 Author URL
Co-authors Fiona Blinkhorn
2014 Wallace JP, Blinkhorn FA, Blinkhorn AS, 'Dental hygiene students' views on a service-learning residential aged care placement program', American Journal of Dental Hygiene, 88 309-315 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Fiona Blinkhorn
2014 Wallace J, Blinkhorn A, Blinkhorn F, 'An assessment of the educational value of service-learning community placements in residential aged care facilities', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, (2014) [C1]

Aims: The aim of this study was to determine whether dental hygiene students attending residential aged care facilities (RACFs) during a placement programme gained any knowledge a... [more]

Aims: The aim of this study was to determine whether dental hygiene students attending residential aged care facilities (RACFs) during a placement programme gained any knowledge about the oral care of elderly patients and the RACF environment. Location: Aged Care Facilities on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Methodology: Final year dental hygiene students undertook a 12-week placement, one day per week, in one of 17 residential aged care facilities on the NSW Central Coast. They were asked to complete pre-placement and post-placement questionnaires, which recorded their knowledge of medical, dental and environmental issues related to older people. The placement questionnaires used five point Likert scales, ranging from strongly agree to strongly disagree, pre- and post-mean scores were produced for each question and P values calculated using a paired t-test. Results: Thirty-three students attended the placement, 26 (79%) completed both the pre- and post-placement questionnaires. Post-placement mean scores as compared to pre-placement mean scores showed significant improvement in student knowledge of medical (P < 0.05) and dental (P < 0.05) conditions specific to the older person and improvement in knowledge (P < 0.05) about the residential aged care facility environment. Conclusion: The placement programme enhanced student knowledge across three subject categories; medical and dental conditions of the older person and the structure and services of the residential aged care environment. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

DOI 10.1111/idh.12080
Co-authors Fiona Blinkhorn
2013 Wallace 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]
DOI 10.1111/eje.12044 Author URL
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Fiona Blinkhorn
2012 Wallace 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]
DOI 10.4483/JDOH_013Wallace05
Co-authors Fiona Blinkhorn, Jane Taylor
2010 Wallace JP, Taylor JA, Wallace LG, Cockrell DJ, 'Student focused oral health promotion in residential aged care facilities', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 48 111-114 (2010) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Linda Wallace, Jane Taylor, Deborah Cockrell
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Wallace JP, Taylor JA, Blinkhorn FA, ''The role of dental hygiene students in aged care facilities - the benefits'', Journal of Disability and Oral Health, Melbourne, Australia (2012) [E3]
2010 Wallace JP, Taylor JA, Wallace L, Cockrell DJ, ''A service-learning model of oral health promotion in residential aged care facilities for the elderly by dental hygiene students: a qualitative study'', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, Glasgow, UK (2010) [E3]

Other (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Wallace JP, ''A residential aged care facility oral health student placement program: the student experience' Educational DVD for dental hygiene students', (2013)
2013 Wallace JP, Wallace L, VanEldik K, ''Introduction to periodontal instrumentation' Educational DVD for dental hygiene students', (2013)
2013 Wallace JP, Higgins D, ''Introduction to pulpotomy and stainless steel crown technique' Educational DVD for dental therapy students', (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 4
Total funding $106,215

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20151 grants / $750

4th Asia Pacific Congress and Expo on Dental and Oral Health, Brisbane AUS, 27- 29 July 2015$750

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Janet Wallace
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1500523
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $100,000

Seniors Smiles - Oral health initiative for residents in Residential Aged Care Facilities$100,000

Funding body: Central Coast NSW Medicare Local Limited

Funding body Central Coast NSW Medicare Local Limited
Project Team Doctor Janet Wallace, Associate Professor Jane Taylor, Mrs Linda Wallace, Associate Professor Fiona Blinkhorn
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301038
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC
UON Y

20122 grants / $5,465

Digital and/or simulated learning modules for dental hygiene and dental therapy clinical practice$4,765

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Janet Wallace, Associate Professor Jane Taylor, Associate Professor Fiona Blinkhorn
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200711
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

21st Congress-Internation Association for disability & oral health, 28-30 Oct 2012, Melbourne$700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Janet Wallace
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1201039
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 Investigating the Utilisation of a Dental Hygienist in Residential Aged Care Facilities to Reduce the Oral Health Care Barriers Faced by Residents with Dementia
Dental Studies, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
2014 The Development of an Educational Package to Increase the Efficacy of Oral Health Therapists' Knowledge, Skills and Delivery of Dietary and Nutritional Advice to Service Consumers
Dental Studies, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Janet Wallace

Position

Lecturer in Oral Health
Oral Health / Dental Therapy / Dental Hygiene
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Oral Health

Contact Details

Email janet.wallace@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 43494564
Mobile N/A
Fax 02) 43494538

Office

Building Health Precinct Building
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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