Dr Linda Wallace


School of Health Sciences (Oral Health)

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.

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.

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.

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.


  • PhD (Oral Health), University of Newcastle
  • Hygienist Certificate, Royal Australian Naval Training School
  • Oral Health Promotion Course, University of New England
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, NSW Health
  • Local Anaesthetic - Dental Hygienist Certificate, University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate (Practice-Tertiary Teaching), University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Queensland University of Technology


  • Aged Care
  • Career Choice
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Health Promotion
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Oral Health
  • Periodontal Instrumentation

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 15
111702 Aged Health Care 30
110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified 55

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1996 - 1/01/2007 Oral Health Promotion Educator Hunter New England Health
1/08/1988 - 1/01/1996 Dental Hygienist Private Dental Practice
1/08/1982 - 1/08/1988 Dental Hygienist Royal Australian Airforce


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Wallace JP, Mohammadi J, Wallace LG, Taylor JA, 'Senior Smiles: preliminary results for a new model of oral health care utilizing the dental hygienist in residential aged care facilities', International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 14 284-288 (2016) [C1]

© 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine whether a qualified dental hygienist could improve... [more]

© 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine whether a qualified dental hygienist could improve oral health outcomes for residents living in residential aged care facilities on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Methods: A qualified dental hygienist undertook a 24-week oral hygiene intervention in five residential aged care facilities to test the Senior Smiles, oral health model of care. The facilities were invited to take part in the research, which was funded by a grant from NSW Medicare Local, Erina. Residents were asked to consent to having oral health risk assessments, oral healthcare plans and to receiving referrals for treatment where needed. Pre- and post-intervention plaque scores were recorded for residents and P values calculated using a paired t-test. In addition, the number of residents examined, treated and referred for more complex dental care was recorded. Results: The statistical analysis program, SPSS, was used to conduct a paired t-test to compare pre- and post-intervention plaque scores on residents from the 5 RACFs. A statistically significant result of P < 0.0001 showed the intervention of the dental hygienist was effective in reducing plaque scores in residents across the 5 RACFs. Conclusion: The Senior Smiles model of care provided residents with preventive oral hygiene care, referral pathways for complex dental treatment needs and established a formal management programme for ongoing oral health care within the RACFs. The Senior Smiles model of care is successful and transportable.

DOI 10.1111/idh.12187
Co-authors Janet Wallace, Jane Taylor
2012 Taylor JA, Hayes MJ, Wallace LG, 'Dental hygiene student experiences in external placements in Australia', Journal of Dental Education, 76 651-655 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Melanie Hayes, Jane Taylor
2010 Wallace 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]
DOI 10.1111/j.1834-7819.2010.01266.x
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Jane Taylor, Deborah Cockrell
2010 Wallace 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]
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Jane Taylor, Janet Wallace, Deborah Cockrell
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Conference (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 TAYLOR J, Wallace LINDA, 'An overview of a volunteer student placement oral health promotion project: saving smiles in Soe', Glasgow, Scotland (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Jane Taylor
2010 Wallace 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 grants 3
Total funding $641,138

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20171 grants / $540,000

Senior Smiles preventive oral health program for older people living in Residential Aged Care Facilities$540,000

Funding body: Elderslee Foundation Australia Ltd

Funding body Elderslee Foundation Australia Ltd
Project Team Doctor Janet Wallace, Professor Jane Taylor, Mrs Denise Higgins, Doctor Linda Wallace
Scheme Philanthropic grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2019
GNo G1701230
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG

20151 grants / $1,138

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Doctor Linda Wallace
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1500808
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE

20131 grants / $100,000

Seniors Smiles - Oral health initiative for residents in Residential Aged Care Facilities$100,000

Funding body: Central Coast NSW Medicare Local Limited

Funding body Central Coast NSW Medicare Local Limited
Project Team Doctor Janet Wallace, Professor Jane Taylor, Doctor Linda Wallace, Associate Professor Fiona Blinkhorn
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301038
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Total current UON EFTSL


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Seventy Years After the Holocaust: A Study of Oral Health in Holocaust Survivors. PhD (Oral Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Linda Wallace


Oral Health
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Oral Health

Contact Details

Email linda.wallace@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4349 4575
Fax (02) 434 94567


Room 135
Building Health Precinct Building (BIC)
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258