Speaker: Dr Haiping Tan, Senior Lecturer, Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), School of Dentistry, University of Adelaide
Title: Retention of teeth and oral health related quality of life: a critical review
Chair: Dr Joanne Dollard, Postdoctoral Fellow, Aged and Extended Care Services, TQEH and University of Adelaide Discipline of Medicine. Located Ground Floor BHI, TQEH.
Speaker biography: Dr. Haiping Tan is a Senior Lecturer (Level C) at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), School of Dentistry, The University of Adelaide. To lift the profile of Geriatric Oral Health, she coordinates and teaches Geriatric Dentistry for 4th year dental students. In addition, she is an active researcher in preventive and community dentistry, oral health promotion and geriatric oral health. She gained research experience through her PhD study at the University of Hong Kong on preventive methods for management of root caries in elders in 21 residential care facilities (RCFs) in Hong Kong – a randomised controlled trial (RCT). The outcomes of this study have been highly valued by the International Association of Dental Research (IADR). In 2006, her paper presentation on this study was awarded two awards by IADR in the area of Oral Disease Prevention and Geriatric Oral Health. She has two periods of maternity leave (2008-09, 2011-12). Despite the career interruption, she has been productive in research. She holds multiple grants (in a total of $1.09M since 2011) and she has conducted a RCT on caries in over 600 Australian elders in 61 RCFs (Chief Investigator-A on Australian NHMRC project 627222, AUD $344,875). She is also a Chief Investigator for an NHMRC project grant funded project investigating intergenerational change in older adult’s oral health in Australia. She is experienced in examining and providing primary dental care for older adults in different outreach settings, conducting data analysis and reporting in a randomised clinical trial or longitudinal study. She has been involved in 3 geriatric oral health promotion projects. In 2013, she was awarded the IADR (Australian and New Zealand division) Investigator Award in Preventive and Community Dentistry. In 2013-14, she developed the geriatric oral health education pamphlet for Dental Practice Education Research Unit (DPERU), ARCPOH, The University of Adelaide. She has been presented two prestigious awards globally in 2015-2016. She has won the 2015 IADR/Unilever Social Entrepreneur Approach to Change Oral Health Behaviour Research Award to develop intervention programs for older adults which are innovative, in collaboration with a community-based organisation. In 2016, the IADR awarded her IADR John Clarkson Fellowship. Her proposed project linked to the IADR John Clarkson Fellowship involves “oral health in older people in residential care facilities (RCFs): what can a three-country study tell us?” She has taken an international and national role in Geriatric Oral Health. She is now an executive committee member in the International Association for Dental Research, Geriatric Oral Research Group and the Australian Association of Gerontology South Australian Division.