Staff Profile

Edit

Career Summary

Biography

Melanie is a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. She completed her Bachelor of Oral Health in 2007, and then completed an Honours program achieving First Class honours and a Faculty Medal. She recently completed her PhD examining the occupational health of dental hygienists, with a particular focus on musculoskeletal pain. Melanie has had a number of papers published in peer reviewed journals, co-authored a book chapter and presented her research at a number of national and international conferences. 

Melanie has been an active member in the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) since graduating, and was the President of the New South Wales Branch from 2010-2012. She is currently the National President of the DHAA, and chairs the Dental Hygiene Research Fund Advisory panel.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Oral Health), University of Newcastle, 26/09/2013
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle, 30/06/2014
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), University of Newcastle, 12/12/2008
  • Bachelor of Oral Health, University of Newcastle, 10/12/2007
  • Registered Dental Practitioner - Dental Hygienist, Dental Board of Australia, 01/07/2010

Research

Research keywords

  • Dental hygiene
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Oral health

Research expertise

Melanie has completed a PhD investigating musculoskeletal disorders in the dental hygiene profession.

Melanie also co-supervises honours students from the Bachelor of Oral Health program, with research projects focussing on nutrition and oral health, cultural competency and oral health habits.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110599Dentistry Not Elsewhere Classified100

Memberships

Editorial Board.

  • Member - International Journal of Dental Hygiene

Awards

Honours.

2009Faculty Medal
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Outstanding achievement in Honours program
2009High achievement in end-on honours
University of Newcastle (Australia)
High achievement in end-on honours program

Other

2009Australian Postgraduate Award
Australian Government (Australia)
Scholarship for PhD studies

Recognition.

2008Golden Scaler Award
Hu Friedy (Australia)
Clinical excellence in the Bachelor of Oral Health

Research Award.

2009Award for research
Denstply (Australia)
Achievements in oral health research

Invitations

Musculoskeletal pain and the dental professional. NSW Health Oral Health Continuing Professional Development Day
Westmead Centre for Oral Health, NSW, Australia, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2012
Musculoskeletal injuries in dental hygienists.
The Safety Conference. Sydney, NSW, Australia, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2012
Musculoskeletal pain and dental hygienists: Putting loupes under the microscope.
Dental Hygienists Association of Australia National Symposium. Brisbane, QLD, Australia, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2012
Work related pain and the oral health practitioner.
Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association International Conference. Canberra, ACT, Australia, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2012
A blind date with knowledge: A personal experience in oral health research.
Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia National Symposium. Darwin, NT, Australia, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2011
Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Taylor JA. Musculoskeletal disorders among the Australian dental hygiene profession. (Oral Presentation)
International Association for Dental Research, ANZ Division. Kiama, NSW, Australia, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2010
External examiner - dental hygiene
University of Sydney, Australia (External Examiner.)
2010
Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Cockrell D. Prevalence and correlates of musculoskeletal disorders among Australian dental hygiene students. (Poster presentation)
International Symposium on Dental Hygiene. Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2010
Musculoskeletal disorders in the dental profession: A real pain in the neck.
NSW Dental and Oral Health Therapists Professional Development Day. Terrigal, NSW, Australia, Australia (Invited Presenter)
2009
Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Cockrell D. Prevalence and correlates of musculoskeletal disorders among Australian dental hygiene students. (Poster presentation)
16th International Student Congress of Medical Sciences (ISCOMS). Groningen, The Netherlands, Netherlands (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2009

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Academic placement liaison for the Bachelor of Oral Health Program.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Dental hygiene
  • Oral health

Teaching expertise

Lecturer in the Bachelor of Oral Health program since January 2010.

Course co-ordinator for:

HLSC1000 Transition to Health Sciences Education and Practice (Interdisciplinary course)

ORHL1001 Oral health and ill health

ORHL1004 Communicating oral health messages

ORHL2002 Oral Pathology

ORHL3001 Dental Hygiene Clinical Practice 1

Edit

Publications

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

Click on a category title below to expand the list of citations for that specific category.

Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Cockrell D, Hayes MJ, 'Oral Health Therapy Programs in Australia and New Zealand', Oral Health Therapy Programs in Australia and New Zealand, Robert T Watts, Queensland, Australia 181-194 (2010) [B2]

Journal article (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Taylor JA, 'Musculoskeletal Disorders in a 3 Year Longitudinal Cohort of Dental Hygiene Students', Journal of Dental Hygiene, 88 37-42 (2014) [C1]
2014Franki J, Hayes MJ, Taylor JA, 'The provision of dietary advice by dental practitioners: a review of the literature', COMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH, 31 9-14 (2014)
2013Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Taylor JA, 'Musculoskeletal disorders and symptom severity among Australian dental hygienists', BMC Research Notes, 6 (2013) [C1]
2013Hayes MJ, 'Oral health and nutrition guidance for patients.', Dental Nursing, 9 461-463 (2013) [C3]
2013Hayes MJ, Smith DR, 'Tobacco use among Australian dental hygiene students is declining, but more still needs to be done', Tobacco Induced Diseases, 11 (2013) [C3]
2012Hayes MJ, Taylor JA, Smith DR, 'Predictors of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among dental hygienists', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 10 265-269 (2012) [C1]
2012Taylor JA, Hayes MJ, Wallace LG, 'Dental hygiene student experiences in external placements in Australia', Journal of Dental Education, 76 651-655 (2012) [C1]
2010Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Cockrell DJ, 'An international review of musculoskeletal disorders in the dental hygiene profession', International Dental Journal, 60 343-352 (2010) [C1]
2009Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Cockrell DJ, 'Prevalence and correlates of musculoskeletal disorders among Australian dental hygiene students', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 7 176-181 (2009) [C1]
2009Hayes MJ, Cockrell DJ, Smith DR, 'A systematic review of musculoskeletal disorders among dental professionals', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 7 159-165 (2009) [C1]
Show 7 more

Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Hayes MJ, Osmotherly PG, Taylor JA, Smith DR, Ho A, 'The effect of surgical magnification (loupes) on neck pain and disability among dental hygienists.', Proceedings of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference 2013, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
2013Hayes MJ, 'The effect of loupes on neck pain and disability among dental hygienists', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, Cape Town, South Africa (2013) [E3]
2013Hayes MJ, Osmotherly PG, Taylor JA, Smith DR, Ho A, 'Does the use of surgical magnification (loupes) effect upper extremity pain, and disability among dental hygienists.', Proceedings of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference 2013, Melbourne (2013) [E3]
Edit

Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants1
Total funding$1,500

- Indicates that the researcher may be seeking students for this project.

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

2013 (1 grants)

19th International Symposium on Dental Hygiene, Cape Town South Africa, 14-17 August 2013$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Project Team
Doctor Melanie Hayes
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020132013
GNo:G1300651
Edit

Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.15

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
20142022PhD (Oral Health)Co-SupervisorIndirect Vision Training for Oral Health Students
Edit

Dr Melanie Hayes

Work Phone(02) 43494514
Email
PositionConjoint Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaOral Health
Office
Health Precinct (BE Building),
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/melanie-hayes