Ms Leanne Smith

Ms Leanne Smith

Lecturer

School of Health Sciences

Career Summary

Biography

Leanne Smith is an Oral Health Therapist (Dually qualified Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist). Leanne graduated from Newcastle University as a hygienist with distinction. She received the Deans Merit Award and recognition for her outstanding commitment to the dental profession. In 2012 she completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy. She has extensive clinical experience in private practice and joined the University of Newcastle (UON) as a Clinical Tutor for both Hygiene and Therapy courses in 2013.

Leanne is currently undertaking a PhD in Oral Health which is focused on improving the oral health of young Aboriginal children. She will evaluate the ‘Smiles not Tears’ dental education program. This program is of unique design as it involves training Aboriginal Health Workers to teach parents with young Aboriginal children how to prevent dental caries. Aboriginal Health Workers are also trained to check the child’s teeth for dental caries.

Leanne has multiple publications in Aboriginal Oral Health and has presented her research at national conferences.

Leanne is a member of the Dental Hygiene Association Australia and the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association.


Qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Oral Health, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Aboriginal
  • Child
  • Indigenous
  • Oral Health
  • Prevention
  • dental caries
  • epidemiology

Languages

  • English (Mother)

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Teaching appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
26/02/2013 - 18/05/2017 Clinical Tutor The University of Newcastle - The School of Health Sciences
Australia
31/01/2013 - 18/12/2013 Tutor Wollotuka Institute
Australia

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
ORHL1102 Oral Health Therapy Clinical Skills 1 - Introduction to the clinical Environment
Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Lecturer | Clinical Tutor 24/02/2015 - 31/12/2017
ORHL3102 OHT Clinical Skills VIII
Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Clinical Tutor 18/04/2017 - 31/12/2017
ORHL2013 Oral Health Therapy Clinical Skills IV
Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle
Clinical Tutor 18/04/2017 - 31/12/2017
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Publications

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


Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Smith L, Blinkhorn F, Moir R, Brown N, Blinkhorn A, '¿Smiles not Tears¿: a dental education program in New South Wales for young Aboriginal children', 6 The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy, 6-11 (2016) [C1]
2016 Smith L, Blinkhorn F, Moir R, Brown N, Blinkhorn A, 'User assessment of an early childhood oral health education training course for Aboriginal Health Workers', International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 54 172-183 (2016) [C1]

© 2016 Institute of Health Promotion and Education. Introduction: Dental caries has a severe impact on young Australian Aboriginal children. With appropriate advice, dental car... [more]

© 2016 Institute of Health Promotion and Education. Introduction: Dental caries has a severe impact on young Australian Aboriginal children. With appropriate advice, dental caries is preventable; however, many Aboriginal children cannot access dental services. Aboriginal health workers (AHWs) are a valued member of Aboriginal communities and have regular contact with Aboriginal families. Once trained about dental health, AHWs have the ability to teach families with young children about preventing dental caries. This article reports on an oral health training course for AHWs. Objectives: To evaluate the training course in terms of its components, cultural appropriateness, course content and whether the participants felt competent to offer oral health advice. Methods: Sixty-one AHWs from twelve Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Services (ACCHS) participated in the training programme across New South Wales, Australia. Anonymous self-completed questionnaires were collected after the training to determine whether the participants felt prepared to offer oral health advice to Aboriginal families with young children and to evaluate the course. Results: Most AHWs thought the components of the training were very good to good including the PowerPoint presentation (59, 97%), graphics (60, 98%) and materials (60, 98%). All (59, 100%) thought the training and materials were culturally appropriate. The course was informative, the material was relevant (61, 100%), and the training increased the AHW¿s oral health knowledge (61, 100%). Most (59, 98%) reported increased confidence to deliver dental advice to families with young children. All believed the course appeared easy to use and would recommend it to others (61, 100%).

DOI 10.1080/14635240.2016.1154479
2015 Smith L, Blinkhorn F, Blinkhorn A, Hawke FE, 'Prevention of dental caries in Indigenous children from high-income countries (protocol).', The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy, 2015 April 7-10 (2015) [C3]
Co-authors Fiona Hawke
2015 Higgins D, Smith L, Masoe AV, Wallace JP, 'The PhD journey: is it for you? Report of a Facilitated Panel Discussion and Conference Presentation', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy, 21-25 (2015) [C2]
Co-authors Denise Higgins, Janet Wallace
2015 Smith L, Blinkhorn A, Moir R, Brown N, Blinkhorn F, 'An assessment of dental caries among young Aboriginal children in New South Wales, Australia: a cross-sectional study.', BMC Public Health, 15 1314 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/s12889-015-2673-6
Citations Scopus - 1
2014 Blinkhorn F, Wallace J, Smith L, Blinkhorn AS, 'Developing leaflets to give dental health advice to Aboriginal families with young children', INTERNATIONAL DENTAL JOURNAL, 64 195-199 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/idj.12108
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Janet Wallace
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Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Smith L, Blinkhorn A, Blinkhorn A, Hawke F, 'Prevntion of dental caries in Indigenous children from high-income countries: a systematic review', Sydney (2017)
2016 Smith L, Blinkhorn F, Moir R, Brown N, Blinkhorn A, '¿Smiles not Tears¿ dental education program', ¿Smiles not Tears¿ dental education program, The University of Sydney, The Medical Foundation Building, Auditorium (2016)
2016 Smith L, Blinkhorn A, Moir R, Brown N, Blinkhorn F, 'Assessment of dental caries among young Aboriginal children in New South Wales', Alice Springs (2016)
2014 Wallace JP, Higgins D, Masoe A, Smith L, 'The PhD journey: is it for you?', Port Macquarie (2014)
Co-authors Janet Wallace, Denise Higgins
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Research Projects

Smiles not Tears 2013 - 2017


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Ms Leanne Smith

Position

Lecturer
Bachelor Of Oral Health Therapy
School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email lsmith2@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4349 4933
Fax N/A

Office

Room BE160
Building Faculty of Health, Health Precinct Academic Offices
Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258
Australia
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