Dr Melanie Hayes

Conjoint Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Oral Health)

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.

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.

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

Administrative Expertise
Academic placement liaison for the Bachelor of Oral Health Program.



Qualifications

  • PhD (Oral Health), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Oral Health, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Registered Dental Practitioner - Dental Hygienist, Dental Board of Australia
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Dental hygiene
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Oral health

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
110599Dentistry not elsewhere classified100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2014 - 20/06/2014Lecturer In Oral HealthUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
24/08/2009 - 6/11/2009Associate LecturerUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia
1/05/2008 - 26/06/2008Casual AcademicUniversity of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
Australia

Academic appointment

DatesTitleOrganisation / Department
1/01/2012 - Editorial Board - International Journal of Dental HygieneInternational Journal of Dental Hygiene
Australia
1/01/2010 - Lecturer
Oral Health
University of Newcastle
School of Health
Australia

Awards

Honours

YearAward
2009High achievement in end-on honours
University of Newcastle
2009Faculty Medal
University of Newcastle

Recipient

YearAward
2009Australian Postgraduate Award
Unknown

Recognition

YearAward
2008Golden Scaler Award
Unknown

Research Award

YearAward
2009Award for research
Unknown

Invitations

External Examiner

YearTitle / Rationale
2010External examiner - dental hygiene
Organisation: University of Sydney Description: External examiner for final dental hygiene oral comprehensive and case presentation exams

Participant

YearTitle / Rationale
2012Work related pain and the oral health practitioner.
Organisation: Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association International Conference. Canberra, ACT, Australia
2010Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Cockrell D. Prevalence and correlates of musculoskeletal disorders among Australian dental hygiene students. (Poster presentation)
Organisation: International Symposium on Dental Hygiene. Glasgow, Scotland
2010Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Taylor JA. Musculoskeletal disorders among the Australian dental hygiene profession. (Oral Presentation)
Organisation: International Association for Dental Research, ANZ Division. Kiama, NSW, Australia
2009Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Cockrell D. Prevalence and correlates of musculoskeletal disorders among Australian dental hygiene students. (Poster presentation)
Organisation: 16th International Student Congress of Medical Sciences (ISCOMS). Groningen, The Netherlands

Speaker

YearTitle / Rationale
2012Musculoskeletal pain and dental hygienists: Putting loupes under the microscope.
Organisation: Dental Hygienists Association of Australia National Symposium. Brisbane, QLD, Australia
2012Musculoskeletal injuries in dental hygienists.
Organisation: The Safety Conference. Sydney, NSW, Australia
2012Musculoskeletal pain and the dental professional. NSW Health Oral Health Continuing Professional Development Day
Organisation: Westmead Centre for Oral Health, NSW, Australia
2011A blind date with knowledge: A personal experience in oral health research.
Organisation: Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia National Symposium. Darwin, NT, Australia
2009Musculoskeletal disorders in the dental profession: A real pain in the neck.
Organisation: NSW Dental and Oral Health Therapists Professional Development Day. Terrigal, NSW, Australia
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Publications

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


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 (12 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]
Author URL
Co-authorsJane Taylor, Derek Smith
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) [C1]
DOI10.1922/CDH_3297Hayes06Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsJane Taylor
2014Hayes MJ, Osmotherly PG, Taylor JA, Smith DR, Ho A, 'The effect of wearing loupes on upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders among dental hygienists', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 12 174-179 (2014)
DOI10.1111/idh.12048
Co-authorsJane Taylor, Derek Smith, Peter Osmotherly
2014Hayes MJ, Osmotherly PG, Taylor JA, Smith DR, Ho A, 'The effect of wearing loupes on upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders among dental hygienists', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 12 174-179 (2014) [C1]

Objectives: It is well established that musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are a significant occupational health issue for dentists and hygienists. Despite this, there has been little advancement in the application of ergonomic principles in the dental profession. While the use of loupes is often promoted as an ergonomic solution, there is little published research to robustly support this claim. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of the use of loupes on upper extremity MSD among dental hygienists. Methods: The study was conducted using an exploratory pretest and post-test design, comparing musculoskeletal measures in practising dental hygienists wearing loupes with final-year dental hygiene students who did not wear loupes. Pre- and post-test measures included valid self-reported and objective outcome measures and were measured at baseline and 6 months following the intervention. Statistical analysis was conducted as a series of mixed anovas with time and treatment as the independent variables. Results: The analysis revealed a significant interaction between time and treatment for the Disabilities of the Shoulder, Arm and Hand (DASH) scores (P < 0.04), indicating an improvement in symptoms for the treatment group but a reversed trend for the controls. There was also a significant mean increase in scapular position measures; however, this finding was evident in both groups, indicating that these were not a result of the intervention. Conclusions: Overall, this study suggests that wearing loupes appears to have both positive and negative effects on upper extremity MSD among dental hygienists. Ongoing research is required to determine the long-term effects of loupes wear, over an extended period of time. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI10.1111/idh.12048
Co-authorsJane Taylor, Derek Smith, Peter Osmotherly
2013Hayes MJ, Smith DR, Taylor JA, 'Musculoskeletal disorders and symptom severity among Australian dental hygienists', BMC Research Notes, 6 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1186/1756-0500-6-250
CitationsScopus - 2
Co-authorsDerek Smith, Jane Taylor
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]

While health care professionals have a responsibility to prevent and control the use of tobacco for improved health outcomes, it appears that some dental hygiene students continue to smoke. A survey of Australian dental hygiene students found that up to 16.3% smoke, although this prevalence rate decreased with each year of study. As future role models, it is essential that smoking cessation counselling is embedded in the dental curriculum to not only discourage their own habits, but so that they may promote the importance of being tobacco free to the wider population. © 2013 Hayes and Smith; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

DOI10.1186/1617-9625-11-22
Co-authorsDerek Smith
2013Hayes MJ, 'Oral health and nutrition guidance for patients.', Dental Nursing, 9 461-463 (2013) [C3]
2012Taylor JA, Hayes MJ, Wallace LG, 'Dental hygiene student experiences in external placements in Australia', Journal of Dental Education, 76 651-655 (2012) [C1]
Co-authorsJane Taylor, Linda Wallace
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]
CitationsScopus - 3Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsJane Taylor, Derek Smith
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]
DOI10.1922/IDJ-2514Hayes10
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsDerek Smith, Deborah Cockrell
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]
DOI10.1111/j.1601-5037.2009.00370.x
CitationsScopus - 19Web of Science - 14
Co-authorsDerek Smith, Deborah Cockrell
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]
DOI10.1111/j.1601-5037.2009.00395.x
CitationsScopus - 60Web of Science - 37
Co-authorsDerek Smith, Deborah Cockrell
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Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
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]
DOI10.1111/idh.12055
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]
Co-authorsJane Taylor, Derek Smith, Peter Osmotherly
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]
Co-authorsPeter Osmotherly, Jane Taylor, Derek Smith
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants1
Total funding$1,500

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20131 grants / $1,500

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

Funding bodyUniversity of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project TeamDoctor Melanie Hayes
SchemeTravel Grant
RoleLead
Funding Start2013
Funding Finish2013
GNoG1300651
Type Of FundingInternal
CategoryINTE
UONY
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

CommencedResearch Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014Indirect Vision Training for Oral Health Students
Dental Studies, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Co-Supervisor
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Dr Melanie Hayes

Position

Conjoint Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Oral Health

Contact Details

Emailmelanie.hayes@newcastle.edu.au
Phone(02) 43494514

Office

BuildingHealth Precinct (BE Building)
LocationOurimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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