Mrs Linda Wallace


School of Health Sciences (Oral Health)

Career Summary


Linda Wallace is a registered Dental Hygienist with over 30 years’ experience in the dental profession including six years in the Royal Australian Airforce. Linda has graduate certificates in Public Health and the Practice of Tertiary Teaching and is currently a PhD candidate. She has worked in both private and public practice in the Hunter region and received a Hunter New England Health Quality Award in 2006 for her Smoking Cessation project. The public dental sector offered her the opportunity to develop her interest in special needs dentistry and oral health promotion in her role of Oral Health Promotion Educator for Hunter New England region from 1995. Linda worked with Dr Peter King to develop and implement the successful ‘Smiles Alive’ program with an aim to improve the oral health of nursing home patients. In 2007 she joined the University of Newcastle as an Associate Lecturer in the Bachelor of Oral Health program and was promoted to Lecturer in 2011. In 2012 Linda shared a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Award with A/Prof Jane Taylor for the ongoing overseas placement program that they developed and coordinate for Bachelor of Oral Health students to Soe, West Timor. Linda is a member of the Australian Dental Council as the representative for the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia.

Research Expertise
Linda Wallace has been fortunate to be part of the evolution of dental hygiene as a profession in Australia, particularly NSW. Her insight into the profession has helped guide her research focus to the career choice, employment opportunities and job satisfaction of dental hygienists. Linda was also employed as the Oral Health Promotion Educator for Hunter New England Health from 1996-2007 where she focused on smoking cessation and aged care projects. Both of these are still areas of interest today.

Teaching Expertise
Since joining the university Linda Wallace has completed a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Training. As a registered dental hygienist with over 25 years clinical experience, Linda provides teaching an all areas of the program but has a keen interest in periodontal instrumentation and health promotion.

Administrative Expertise
As Oral Health Promotion Educator for Hunter New England Health, Linda was responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of oral health promotion activities in the region. Linda has previously held the positions of President (NSW Branch) - Dental Hygienist Association of Australia (DHAA) and National Treasurer - DHAA. Linda is currently the DHAA representative on the Australian Dental Council.


  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Queensland University of Technology
  • Hygienist Certificate, Royal Australian Naval Training School
  • Oral Health Promotion Course, University of New England
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, NSW Health
  • Local Anaesthetic - Dental Hygienist Certificate, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate (Practice-Tertiary Teaching), University of Newcastle


  • Aged Care
  • Career Choice
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Health Promotion
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Oral Health
  • Periodontal Instrumentation

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified 70
111702 Aged Health Care 15
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 15

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1996 - 1/01/2007 Oral Health Promotion Educator Hunter New England Health
1/08/1988 - 1/01/1996 Dental Hygienist Private Dental Practice
1/08/1982 - 1/08/1988 Dental Hygienist Royal Australian Airforce


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

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 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, 14 284-288 (2016)
DOI 10.1111/idh.12187
Co-authors Janet Wallace, Jane Taylor
2012 Taylor JA, Hayes MJ, Wallace LG, 'Dental hygiene student experiences in external placements in Australia', Journal of Dental Education, 76 651-655 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Melanie Hayes, Jane Taylor
2010 Wallace LG, Cockrell DJ, Taylor JA, 'The University of Newcastle's first cohort of Bachelor of Oral Health students: A social profile', Australian Dental Journal, 55 436-440 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2010.01266.x
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Deborah Cockrell, 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 - 5
Co-authors Janet Wallace, Deborah Cockrell, Jane Taylor
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 TAYLOR J, Wallace LINDA, 'An overview of a volunteer student placement oral health promotion project: saving smiles in Soe' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Jane Taylor
2010 Wallace LG, Taylor JA, 'Saving smiles in Soe: Volunteer placement for dental hygiene students', Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of Asian Academy of Preventive Dentistry 2010 (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Jane Taylor

Mrs Linda Wallace


Oral Health
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Oral Health

Contact Details

Phone (02) 4349 4575
Fax (02) 434 94567


Room 135
Building Health Precinct Building (BIC)
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258