Dr Janet Wallace

Dr Janet Wallace

Senior 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 a PhD in Oral Health. Janet has extensive clinical and administrative experience in private and public dental practice and spent 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, Health Promotions Manager and Acting Director Community Dental Services. 

In 2008, Janet joined the University of Newcastle (UON) as a Conjoint Lecturer in Oral Health to implement the 'Aged care student placement program in residential aged care facilities' on the NSW Central Coast, which was the focus of her PhD.

In 2009, Janet was appointed to Lecturer in Oral Health UON and joined A/Professor Fiona Blinkhorn in writing the curriculum for the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy program.  In 2014, she was appointed as Acting Program Convenor for the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy program's final year.  During 2014, Janet worked with Associate Professor Jane Taylor to write the curriculum for the new Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program, combining dental hygiene and dental therapy to offer 'Oral Health Therapy' in 2015. In September 2015, Janet was appointed as the Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy program.  

In 2014, Janet collaborated with NSW, Medicare Local, Erina as the chief investigator on the research project 'Seniors Smiles'.  This study was financed with a $100,000 grant from Medicare Local and 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 is committed to providing better oral hygiene care for older people living in residential aged care and is extending this research with one of her PhD students establishing a study providing oral hygiene care for residents in the Northern Sydney Local Health District.  This research has introduced a new model of oral hygiene care to residential aged care facilities on the NSW, Central Coast and in Sydney.  This model of care is influencing policy change for the management of oral health for older people in residential aged care facilities.  Janet provides consultative advice to oral health practitioners wishing to implement the model of care in their local government areas both in the private sector and the local Health Districts.  

Janet is published in national and international journals, has presented her research at national and international conferences and in 2013 received a 'Faculty Research Staff Excellence' award, a 'Work Integrated Learning' award and a 'Research Higher Degree' award for her PhD.   Janet is a life member of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association, a peer reviewer for the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy, the Journal of Gerodontology and the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.  Janet is an appointed board member of the NSW, Dental Council, currently serving her second term.

Research Expertise
Student placement in residential aged care, service -learning evaluation, oral health of older people living in residential aged care, nutrition and oral health, pediatric aboriginal oral health, geriatric oral health student placements, clinical oral health therapy, oral health therapy teaching.

Teaching Expertise
Clinical oral health therapy, student experiential models of learning, service-learning evaluation, qualitative analysis methods, self-directed learning, DVD learning delivery.

Administrative Expertise
Curriculum development, course development, program and course evaluation.

Collaborations
Dr Janet Wallace collaborates with other oral health practitioners in Australia and nationally.  Her most recent collaboration is with Central Coast, Local Health District, Geriatric Department and the Division of Aged and Subacute and Complex Care to implement an oral health student placement program in Geriatric wards.  This is an extension of her 'Senior Smiles' research.

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

  • Clinical dental therapy teaching
  • Experiential learning
  • Oral Health
  • Oral Health Therapy
  • Oral Health for Older People
  • Pediatric Aboriginal Oral Health
  • Residential Aged Care Oral Health
  • 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
130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation 25

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/09/2015 -  Program Convenor Bachelor Oral Health Therapy UON, Faculty Health and Medicine
Australia
1/01/2015 - 31/08/2015 Lecturer, Oral Health Therapy, Dental Therapy Lead, First Year Co-ordinator UON
Australia
1/05/2014 - 30/01/2015 Program Convenor, Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy University of Newcastle
Australia
1/01/2008 - 31/12/2009 Conjoint Lecturer Oral Health University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
1/01/2000 - 1/12/2001 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
1/01/1996 - 1/12/1998 Community Dental Health Programs Officer NSW Health
Australia
1/01/1989 - 1/12/2002 Manager, Child Dental Services NSW Health
Australia

Awards

Prize

Year Award
2014 Senior Smiles - Gerodontics & Special Needs Conference PhD student research project award
Private Dental Practice

Recognition

Year Award
2014 Senior Smiles community engagement award
External Relations, UoN
2014 Senior Smiles Central Coast Friends Award
External Relations, UoN
2013 Work Integrated Learning Award
UON
2013 Research Higher Degree Award 2013
UON

Research Award

Year Award
2013 Faculty Research Award
UON

Invitations

Interviewee

Year Title / Rationale
2015 The age issue

Keynote Speaker

Year Title / Rationale
2015 Oral health practitioners in aged care, the boundary spanners, the change agents, the future.
2014 Dental hygiene students in residential aged care - what;s the student experience?
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Publications

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


Journal article (14 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) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/adj.12288
Citations Scopus - 1
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', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, (2015)

© 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Introduction: The aim of this qualitative study was to measure the effect of a specifically designed orientation re-enactment DVD used to facilitate... [more]

© 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Introduction: The aim of this qualitative study was to measure the effect of a specifically designed orientation re-enactment DVD used to facilitate dental hygiene students transition from the classroom to a Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) service-learning placement with less personal anxiety and more confidence in their role during the placement. Methodology: Final year students (n = 47) were randomly allocated to one of 17 RACFs on the NSW, Central Coast, Australia. All students were then randomly allocated to a two-group study with the active group assigned to view the DVD prior to their placement. Students who viewed the DVD were asked not to discuss the content with students who were assigned to the control group. Post-placement focus groups were organized, recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were collated, analysed and unitized into emergent themes. Representative quotes are presented in the results. The study was informed by 4 years of previous quantitative and qualitative process evaluation of the RACF programme. Results: Focus group discussions identified that those students who had seen the DVD reported a shorter timeframe to successfully transition from the classroom to the RACF and stated that the DVD provided them with a realistic expectation of the RACF environment and their role in the placement experience. Conclusion: The orientation DVD reduced student anxiety and improved student confidence in their role during the placement by providing a realistic orientation of the RACF environment.

DOI 10.1111/idh.12157
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, 'Staff training alone won't close dental care gap', Australian Ageing, March 11 1-1 (2015) [C3]
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)
2015 Wallace JP, 'The great age debate - Encouraging a team approach', Dental Hygienist Association Australia Bulletin, 1 13-13 (2015) [O1]
2015 Wallace JP, Mohammadi J, Wallace LG, Taylor JA, 'Senior Smiles: preliminary results for a new model of oral health care utilizing the dental hygienist in residential aged care facilities.', Int J Dent Hyg, (2015)
DOI 10.1111/idh.12187
Co-authors Jane Taylor, Linda Wallace
2015 Trenoweth S, Wallace JP, 'The age issue - oral health', Bite Magazine, September 2015 (2015) [O1]
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
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]
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
Citations Scopus - 1
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
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
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 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 - 4
Co-authors Linda Wallace, Jane Taylor, Deborah Cockrell
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Conference (15 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Wallace JP, 'Oral health practitioners in aged care, the boundary spanners, the change agent, the future', The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy (2015) [E3]
2015 Wallace JP, 'Dental hygiene students in residential aged care facilities: What do the students gain from the placement?', Proceedings of the 4th Asia Pacific Congress and Expo on Dental and Oral Health (2015) [E3]
2015 Wallace JP, 'Dental hygiene and referral', - (2015) [O1]
2015 Wallace JP, 'Senior smiles', - (2015) [O1]
2015 Wallace JP, 'Medical records and your responsibilities: Staying on the right side of the law.' (2015) [O1]
2015 Victoire A, Wallace JP, Pond D, 'Breaking down barriers: A community health day in a low socioeconomic status suburb shopping centre', International Poster (2015) [E3]
2014 Wallace JP, Higgins D, Masoe A, Smith L, 'The PhD journey: is it for you?' (2014)
2014 Wallace JP, 'Dental hygiene students in residential aged care - what's the student experience?', - (2014)
2014 Wallace JP, 'A new model of oral health care for older people living in residential aged care faciities', - (2014)
2013 Wallace JP, 'Aged care oral hygiene student placement', - (2013)
2013 Wallace JP, 'Student placements in residential aged care', - (2013)
2013 Wallace JP, 'Senior Smiles - oral health program for older people in residential aged care facilities', - (2013)
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 (2012) [E3]
2012 Wallace JP, 'The utilization of dental auxiliaries', - (2012)
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 (2010) [E3]
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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)

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Wallace JP, The Development of a Service-Learning Model of Health Promotion in the Residential Aged Care Environment for Dental Hygiene Students, University of Newcastle (2013)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $137,215

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


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

20141 grants / $6,000

Oral health community van initiative$6,000

Funding for dental products to be used for the local community in the oral health dental van.

Funding body: Wrigleys Company Foundation ADAF

Funding body Wrigleys Company Foundation ADAF
Project Team

Associate Professor Jane Taylor

Scheme Wrigley Company Foundation ADAF
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON N

20132 grants / $105,000

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

Senior Smiles - portable dental chair$5,000

Funding for a portable dental chair to be used during the Senior Smiles oral health research study at 5 residential aged care facilities on the NSW Central Coast during 2014.

Funding body: UON, Faculty Health and Medicine

Funding body UON, Faculty Health and Medicine
Scheme Faculty Health and Medicine
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20123 grants / $25,465

Evaluation of a training program in care of the elderly living in residential aged care facilities by final year dental hygiene students$20,000

Funding to produce a student orientation DVD for the oral health student placement program in residential aged care facilities on the NSW Central Coast

Funding body: NSW Health , Centre Oral Health Strategy

Funding body NSW Health , Centre Oral Health Strategy
Scheme NSW Health
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - State
Category 2OPS
UON N

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

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.6

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Can the Introduction of an Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Program into Oral Health Education Improve Global Trait Emotional Intelligence Scores?
PhD (Oral Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Investigating the Utilisation of a Dental Hygienist in Residential Aged Care Facilities to Reduce the Oral Health Care Barriers Faced by Residents with Dementia
PhD (Oral Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD 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
PhD (Oral Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Janet Wallace

Position

Senior 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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