Ms Kay Franks

Ms Kay Franks

Lecturer

School of Health Sciences (Oral Health)

Career Summary

Biography

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 is currently completing her PhD.

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 is currently completing her PhD in the area of oral health 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 package to increase the efficacy of oral health therapists knowledge, skills and delivery of dietary and nutritional advice to service consumers.  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.  


Qualifications

  • Master of Educational Studies, 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

Keywords

  • Nutrition and oral health education
  • Indigenous oral health
  • overseas student placements
  • aged care oral health
  • education and curriculum development
  • Education
  • Oral Health
  • Oral health therapy

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified 50
130103 Higher Education 25
111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Professional appointment

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)
Australia
2/06/2008 - 31/12/2010 Oral Health Therapist Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service (NSCCAHS)
Australia
30/11/2002 - 31/12/2008 Manager Child Dental Services Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service (NSCCAHS)
Australia
3/01/1989 - 31/12/2002 Senior Dental Therapist Central Coast Health
Australia
1/01/1981 - 3/01/1989 Dental Therapist Central Coast Health
Australia
1/01/1981 - 3/01/1983 Dental Therapist Northern Metro Health Region
Australia
1/01/1980 - 31/12/1981 Dental Therapist Inner Sydney Metro Health Region
Australia
1/01/1979 - 31/12/1980 Dental Therapist Murray Health Region
Australia

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2017 - 31/12/2017 Lecturer/clinical tutor UON
Australia
1/01/2016 - 31/12/2016 Lecturer/clinical tutor UON
Australia
1/01/2015 - 31/12/2015 Lecturer/clinical tutor UON
Australia
1/11/2010 - 31/01/2014 Education manager, vocational education and training Northern Sydney Central Coast Health
Australia
3/06/2008 - 30/11/2009 Clinical educator/lecturer The University of Sydney
Australia

Awards

Award

Year Award
2006 Services to Dental Therapy
Dental Therapists Association Inc

Prize

Year Award
2017 First Prize - Poster - British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy Belfast,UK
British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy
2017 First Prize - Poster - Asia Pacific Oral Health Therapy Singapore
Oral Health Therapists Association Singapore
2007 Aboriginal Oral Health Award - Koori Kids Koori Smiles
NSW Health

Professional

Year Award
2007 Life member Dental and Oral Health Therpists Association NSW
Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association Inc
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Publications

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


Journal article (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 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)
Co-authors Jane Taylor, Surinder Baines
2017 Franks K, Baines S, Wallace JP, Taylor JA, 'Entry knowledge of Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy students on diet, nutrition and preventive oral health care', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy, 6 12-16 (2017)
Co-authors Surinder Baines, Janet Wallace, Jane Taylor
2015 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)
DOI 10.11124/jbisrir-2015-2330
Citations Scopus - 2

Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Wallace JP, Taylor J, Wallace L, Higgins D, Franks K, 'Senior Smiles: A preventive model of oral hygiene care and referral pathways for geriatric residents in Aged Care Facilities', Vienna Austria (2018)
Co-authors Jane Taylor, Linda Wallace, Janet Wallace
2018 Wallace JP, Franks K, Higgins D, Wallace L, McLaren L, Taylor J, 'Senior Smiles the implementation and management', Perth, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Janet Wallace, Linda Wallace, Jane Taylor
2018 Wallace JP, Wallace L, Higgins D, Franks K, McLaren L, Taylor J, 'The role of dental hygienists and oral health therapists in prevention and oral health maintenance for older patients', Concord, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Linda Wallace, Janet Wallace, Jane Taylor
2018 Wallace J, Higgins D, Wallace L, Taylor J, McLaren L, Franks K, 'Senior Smiles the implementation and management', Perth, Australia (2018)
Co-authors Jane Taylor
2017 Franks K, Wallace J, Baines S, Taylor J, 'Bachelor of oral health therapy students' entry knowledge of diet, nutrition and preventive oral health care', The British Society Dental Hygiene andTherapy Annual Clinical Journal of Dental Health, Belfast (2017)
Co-authors Surinder Baines, Janet Wallace, Jane Taylor
2016 Franks K, Baines S, Taylor J, Wallace J, 'Entry knowledge of bachelor of oral health therapy students on diet, nutrition and preventive oral health care', Belfast, Northern Ireland (2016)
Co-authors Jane Taylor, Surinder Baines
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Other (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 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)
Co-authors Surinder Baines, Jane Taylor
2017 Franks K, Baines S, Taylor J, Wallace J, 'Key community messages for improving oral health', (2017) [O1]
Co-authors Jane Taylor, Surinder Baines
2016 Franks K, Taylor J, Baines S, 'Entry knowledge of Bachelor of Oral Health students on diet, nutrtion and preventive oral health care', Entry knowledge of Bachelor of Oral Health students on diet, nutrtion and preventive oral health care. BSDHTUK Northern Ireland (2016)
Co-authors Jane Taylor, Surinder Baines
2016 Wallace JP, Franks K, Wallace L, Mohammadi J, McLaren L, '''Senior Smiles'' oral health program: a short documentary', (2016) [O1]
Co-authors Janet Wallace, Linda Wallace
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $4,662

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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
Project Team

Kay Franks, Jane Taylor, Surinder Baines, Janet Wallace

Scheme SHS 2018 Strategic Pilot Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced 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
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Ms Kay Franks

Position

Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Oral Health

Contact Details

Email kay.franks@newcastle.edu.au
Links Personal webpage
Twitter
YouTube

Office

Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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