Staff Profile


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.


  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, 07/07/2007
  • Graduate Certificate (Practice-Tertiary Teaching), University of Newcastle, 10/12/2007
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, NSW Health, 23/02/2005
  • Local Anaesthetic - Dental Hygienist Certificate, University of Newcastle, 26/06/2005
  • Oral Health Promotion Course, University of New England, 21/05/1997
  • Hygienist Certificate, Royal Australian Naval Training School, 28/06/1985


Research keywords

  • Aged Care
  • Career Choice
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Job Satisfaction

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.


  • English

Fields of Research

110599Dentistry Not Elsewhere Classified70
111702Aged Health Care15
111700Public Health And Health Services15


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.


Teaching keywords

  • Dental Hygienist
  • Health Promotion
  • Oral Health
  • Periodontal Instrumentation

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.



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Journal article (3 outputs)

2012Taylor JA, Hayes MJ, Wallace LG, 'Dental hygiene student experiences in external placements in Australia', Journal of Dental Education, 76 651-655 (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]
2010Wallace 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]

Conference (1 outputs)

2010Wallace 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, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2010) [E3]

Co-authors: JANE TAYLOR


Grants and Funding


Number of grants2
Total funding$101,138

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2015 (1 grants)

25th Congress of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry, Glasgow United Kingdom, 1-4 July 2015$1,138
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Mrs Linda Wallace
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

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
Research GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions0

No Supervisions.


Mrs Linda Wallace

Work Phone(02) 4349 4575
Fax(02) 434 94567
Oral Health
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaOral Health
Health Precinct Building (BIC),
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258