Brianna Poirier

Brianna Poirier

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Adelaide Dental School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Brianna is a non-Indigenous settler Canadian who is currently completing her PhD with the Indigenous Oral Health unit at the University of Adelaide. In early 2020, Brianna completed her Master of Science degree in Applied Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph in Canada, where her research focused on Indigenous food sovereignty.

Brianna's current research relates to the impact of neoliberal political and economic ideologies on Indigenous oral health, as well as qualitative research related to early childhood caries among Indigenous children in South Australia. Over the past 5 years, Brianna has had the privilege of engaging in community-based participatory research with First Nations communities in Canada, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. Brianna is passionate about expanding our understanding of diseases beyond biomedical measures to include factors that align with Indigenous, holistic understandings of health and well-being.

Brianna is currently supervising four Honours students and one DClinDent student. Brianna recently served as a casual lecturer at the University of Adelaide for 'Indigenous Peoples and the Environment' and is currently facilitating tutorials for 'Foundations of Medicine' and 'Health and Illness in a Population.'

Brianna is currently facilitating tutorials for Foundations of Medicine and Health and Illness in a Population. Previously, Brianna has served as a casual lecturer for Indigenous Peoples and the Environment at the University of Adelaide and a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Nutrition, Advanced Nutrition, and Infant and Child Development at the University of Guelph.

  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Use of local anaesthesia with general anaesthesia in paediatric dentistry University of Adelaide Honours Part Time Emily Xin Yi Ting
    2022 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Qualitative exploration of the experience of pain among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples University of Adelaide Honours Part Time Annika Ramesh
    2022 - ongoing Co-Supervisor The impact of paediatric head and neck malignancy globally and the prevalence in South Australia over the past decade The University of Adelaide Honours Part Time John Beji Daniel
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2021 - ongoing Member World Public Health Nutrition Association United Kingdom
    2021 - ongoing Member International Association for Dental Research United States
    2021 - ongoing Representative Public Health Association of Australia Australia

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