Dr Kay Franks
School of Health Sciences (Oral Health)
Kay Franks is a registered oral health therapist with extensive clinical practice and managerial experience in the public sector. Kay has qualifications in dental therapy, dental hygiene, business management and tertiary education. Kay completed her PhD in 2019.
Kay has worked in areas throughout NSW, in rural, remote and metropolitan areas providing quality oral health care for populations that were often under-serviced and many in low socio-economic areas. A confident and capable practitioner, she often mentored younger, less experienced operators and as a result developed an interested in teaching.
Kay has worked external to oral health in a role that designed and delivered vocational education to dental and allied health professionals. During this stage of her working life, Kay designed and delivered a training course for dental assistants working with dentists and oral surgeons in operating theatres on the NSW, Central Coast. assistants working with
A leader in the profession Kay was active in the Dental and Oral Health Therapist Association for many years. During her terms as President from 2004 - 2010, she was instrumental in enabling dental therapists to gain private practice rights in NSW. The combination of therapy and hygiene qualifications saw Kay lead a change in name and format of the professional association to support a changing workforce. In later years, Kay provided an advisory service for ADOHTA NSW.
Kay was an clinical tutor at the University of Sydney and an external examiner for Central Queensland University. She is currently a member of the assessors pool for the Australian Dental Council (ADC) and a member of the assessment committee for the Dental Council of NSW.
Kay is a member of the Senior Smiles preventive oral health research team and has contributed to services on the NSW, Central Coast.
A love of teaching has seen Kay lead the first service - learning oral health student placement program to Cambodia in 2017 and 2018, where Kays clinical expertise provided students with a learning experience that can't be replicated in Australia. Leading a team of staff and students, Kay inspires and motivates students to achieve clinical competency in working conditions that are third - world. The experience builds resilience, compassion and a desire to help communities that are in need. This student placement experience returns students who have developed and grown professionally and personally.
Kay's PhD in the area of oral health and diet and nutrition. This is an area of great need and an area that potentially can have a positive effect on preventing dental disease. Her PhD is entitled, The Development of an Educational Resource to Increase Oral Health Therapy Students Knowledge, Skills and Delivery of Dietary and Nutritional Advice as Part of Preventive Oral Health Care. Kay has presented her research at national and international conferences and holds two 'first prizes' for posters submitted to international conferences in Northern Ireland and Singapore.
As part of the oral health therapy quality management team Kay is the clinical tutors educator providing orientation and continuing education in the areas of student feedback and self - reflection in practice.
A highly valued member of the oral health therapy program, Kay is committed to excellence in teaching and producing safe and ethical oral health therapists that can operate at the top of their scope of practice.
- Doctor of Philosophy in Oral Health, University of Newcastle
- Certificate in Dental Care of Children, Health Commission of NSW
- Registered Dental Practitioner, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
- Diploma of Business (Frontline Management), NSW Health
- Bachelor of Oral Health, University of Newcastle
- Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies, University of Newcastle
- Master of Educational Studies, University of Newcastle
- Indigenous oral health
- Nutrition and oral health education
- Oral Health
- Oral health therapy
- aged care oral health
- education and curriculum development
- overseas student placements
Fields of Research
|110599||Dentistry not elsewhere classified||50|
|111199||Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified||25|
|Title||Organisation / Department|
|Lecturer||University of Newcastle
School of Health Sciences
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/12/2008 - 30/11/2010||Acting education and training consultant - allied health||Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service (NSCCAHS)
|2/06/2008 - 31/12/2010||Oral Health Therapist||Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service (NSCCAHS)
|30/11/2002 - 31/12/2008||Manager Child Dental Services||Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service (NSCCAHS)
|3/01/1989 - 31/12/2002||Senior Dental Therapist||Central Coast Health
|1/01/1981 - 3/01/1989||Dental Therapist||Central Coast Health
|1/01/1981 - 3/01/1983||Dental Therapist||Northern Metro Health Region
|1/01/1980 - 31/12/1981||Dental Therapist||Inner Sydney Metro Health Region
|1/01/1979 - 31/12/1980||Dental Therapist||Murray Health Region
|Dates||Title||Organisation / Department|
|1/01/2017 - 31/12/2017||Lecturer/clinical tutor||UON
|1/01/2016 - 31/12/2016||Lecturer/clinical tutor||UON
|1/01/2015 - 31/12/2015||Lecturer/clinical tutor||UON
|1/11/2010 - 31/01/2014||Education manager, vocational education and training||Northern Sydney Central Coast Health
|3/06/2008 - 30/11/2009||Clinical educator/lecturer||The University of Sydney
Services to Dental Therapy
Dental Therapists Association Inc
First Prize - Poster - British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy Belfast,UK
British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy
First Prize - Poster - Asia Pacific Oral Health Therapy Singapore
Oral Health Therapists Association Singapore
Aboriginal Oral Health Award - Koori Kids Koori Smiles
Life member Dental and Oral Health Therpists Association NSW
Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association Inc
For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.
Journal article (5 outputs)
Franks K, Wallace J, Taylor J, Baines S, 'Diet and nutrition education as part of preventive oral healthcare: exploring Australian dental and oral health therapists experiences in contemporary practice', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy, 7 24-28 (2019) [C1]
Franks K, Taylor J, Wallace J, Baines S, 'Provision of diet and education by oral health care professionals as part of preventive oral health care', Annual Clinical Journal BSDHT, 8 27-31 (2019)
Franks K, Wallace J, Baines S, Taylor J, 'Student Pairing in the delivery of dietary and nutrition education in a simulated clinical setting.', Journal of the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy, 57 25-28 (2018)
Yi Mohammadi JJ, Franks K, Hines S, 'Effectiveness of professional oral health care intervention on the oral health of residents with dementia in residential aged care facilities: a systematic review protocol.', JBI Database System Rev Implement Rep, 13 110-122 (2015)
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Conference (16 outputs)
Wallace J, Griffiths S, Franks K, 'NSW Nurses and Midwives Association annual seminar - aged care', NSW Nurses and Midwives Association publication on-line, Waterloo, Sydney (2019)
Wallace J, Griffiths S, Franks K, 'International Symposium of Dental Hygiene', On-line, Brisbane (2019)
|2019||Lerway A, Hsu T-T, Wallace J, Franks K, 'Does denture care instruction delivered by BOHT students impact the oral health of high care residents in a residential aged care facility (Poster)', Singapore (2019)|
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Other (5 outputs)
Wallace J, Higgins D, Wallace L, Franks K, Taylor J, 'Service-learning, oral health students and the experiential learning opportunities during non-traditional placement', Service-learning, oral health students and the experiential learning opportunities during non-traditional placement ( issue.1 pp.15-15) (2018)
Franks K, Baines S, Taylor J, Wallace J, 'Diet and Nutrition Education: Key Community Messages for improving oral health', . Singapore: Asia Pacific Oral Health Therapy (2017)
Franks K, Baines S, Taylor J, Wallace J, 'Key community messages for improving oral health', (2017) [O1]
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Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||1|
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20181 grants / $4,662
PhD write up assistance $4,662
Funding body: SHS 2018 Strategic Pilot Grant
|Funding body||SHS 2018 Strategic Pilot Grant|
Kay Franks, Jane Taylor, Surinder Baines, Janet Wallace
|Scheme||SHS 2018 Strategic Pilot Grant|
|Type Of Funding||Internal|
Number of supervisions
|Commenced||Level of Study||Research Title||Program||Supervisor Type|
|2020||PhD||Design, Implement and Evaluate a Model-of-Care for Oral Health Therapists in the Public Health Care System||PhD (Oral Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle||Co-Supervisor|
|2019||Honours||Does a disconnection exist between the dietary choices of oral health students and the dietary messages the students are educated to provide to their patients?||Other Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle||Co-Supervisor|
|Year||Level of Study||Research Title||Program||Supervisor Type|
|2018||Honours||Cambodia the first experience: How were a BOHT cohort impacted by their overseas placement?||Other Health, UON||Co-Supervisor|