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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 is 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.  In 2014,  Janet was appointed as Acting Program Convenor for the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy program in 2014.

Janet is currently working in partnership with Medicare Local, Erina, on the research project 'Seniors Smiles'.  The twelve month research project places a registered dental hygienist in five residential aged care facilities on the NSW Central Coast to provide oral health risk assessments, oral health care plans, oral health education and referral pathways for residents who require 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 laerning 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 a member of the NSW Dental Council.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Oral Health), University of Newcastle, 16/12/2013
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle, 06/12/2013
  • Bachelor of Oral Health, University of Newcastle, 10/12/2007
  • Diploma of Dental Therapy, College of Dental Therapy (Westmead Hospital), 14/12/2005
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, NSW Health, 27/10/2005
  • Diploma in Frontline Management, NSW Health, 20/07/2000

Research

Research keywords

  • Dental Therapy
  • Residential Aged Care Oral Health
  • Service-Learning

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.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110599Dentistry Not Elsewhere Classified50
111702Aged Health Care25
130000Education25

Collaboration

Dr Wallace is currently working in partnership with Medicare Local NSW, Erina, and five residential aged care facilities on the NSW Central Coast, providing a new pilot model of oral hygiene care for the residents. This research places a qualified dental hygienist in the facilities providing oral health risk assessments, oral health care plans, oral health education and referral pathways for residents requiring dental care. The research from this project has been presented at a number of conferences during 2014.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

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

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Dental Therapy
  • Experiential learning
  • Oral Health
  • Service-learning
  • Visual teaching aids/ DVDs

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.

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]

Publications

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Journal article (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Blinkhorn 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]
2014Wallace 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]
2014Wallace 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)

Co-authors: Fiona Blinkhorn

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]
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]
2010Wallace 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]
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Conference (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2012Wallace 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]
2010Wallace 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)

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

Summary

Number of grants3
Total funding$105,465

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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 GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$100,00020132013
GNo:G1301038

2012 (2 grants)

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 GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$4,76520122012
GNo:G1200711

21st Congress-Internation Association for disability & oral health, 28-30 Oct 2012, Melbourne$700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Janet Wallace
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$70020122012
GNo:G1201039
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions2
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.5

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
20142018PhD (Oral Health)Co-SupervisorThe 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
20142018PhD (Oral Health)Co-SupervisorInvestigating the Utilisation of a Dental Hygienist in Residential Aged Care Facilities to Reduce the Oral Health Care Barriers Faced by Residents with Dementia
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Dr Janet Wallace

Work Phone(02) 43494564
Cell / Mobile PhoneN/A
Fax02) 43494538
Email
PositionLecturer in Oral Health
Oral Health / Dental Therapy / Dental Hygiene
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaOral Health
Office
Health Precinct Building,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/janet-wallace