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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

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110599Dentistry not elsewhere classified50
111702Aged Health Care25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - Lecturer in Oral HealthUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

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

Professional appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2004 - 1/12/2008Oral Health Promotion Co-ordinatorNSW Health Central Coast Area Health Services, Community Dental Services
Australia
1/01/2002 - 1/12/2004Senior Dental TherapistsNSW Health Central Coast Area Health Services, Community Dental Services
Australia
1/01/1993 - 1/12/1998Community Dental Health Programs OfficerNSW Health
Australia
1/01/1989 - 1/12/2002Manager, Child Dental ServicesNSW Health
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2015Lewis A, Wallace J, Deutsch A, King P, 'Improving the oral health of frail and functionally dependent elderly', AUSTRALIAN DENTAL JOURNAL, 60 95-105 (2015)
DOI10.1111/adj.12288Author URL
2015Wallace 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)
DOI10.1111/idh.12157Author URL
2015Wallace 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)
2015Wallace 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)
DOI10.1111/idh.12157
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]
DOI10.1111/idj.12108Author URL
Co-authorsFiona Blinkhorn
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) [C1]
Co-authorsFiona Blinkhorn
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]

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.

DOI10.1111/idh.12080
Co-authorsFiona 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]
DOI10.1111/eje.12044Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsFiona Blinkhorn
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]
DOI10.4483/JDOH_013Wallace05
Co-authorsFiona Blinkhorn, Jane Taylor
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]
CitationsScopus - 3
Co-authorsLinda Wallace, Jane Taylor, Deborah Cockrell
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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, ''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)
2013Wallace 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 grants4
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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Janet Wallace
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2015
Funding Finish2016
GNoG1500523
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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 bodyCentral Coast NSW Medicare Local Limited
Project TeamDoctor Janet Wallace, Associate Professor Jane Taylor, Mrs Linda Wallace, Associate Professor Fiona Blinkhorn
SchemeResearch Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1301038
Type Of FundingOther Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category2OPC
UONY

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 bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Janet Wallace, Associate Professor Jane Taylor, Associate Professor Fiona Blinkhorn
SchemeNew Staff Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1200711
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY

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

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle
Project TeamDoctor Janet Wallace
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2012
Funding Finish2012
GNoG1201039
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Investigating 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
2014The 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

Emailjanet.wallace@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 43494564
MobileN/A
Fax02) 43494538

Office

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