Brianna Poirier

Brianna Poirier

Adelaide Dental School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Brianna is a non-Indigenous settler Canadian who is currently working as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Indigenous Oral Health Unit at the University of Adelaide, after completing her PhD entitled "'Our bodies aren't meant to live the white fella's way': Navigating Indigenous Oral Health in Neoliberal Australia" at the University of Adelaide in 2023. 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 and Community-Based Participatory Research.

Brianna's current research relates to the impact of neoliberal political and economic ideologies and structural racism on Indigenous oral health, social and emotional wellbeing, and health sovereignty utilising a range of critical, qualitative, and decolonising methodologies. Over the past 5 years, Brianna has had the honour of partnering and working alongside 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 7 Honours students, 3 Masters students, and 1 PhD student. Brianna serves as a co-editor for the Australia New Zealand Journal of Public Health, and the Turtle Island Journal of Indigenous Health. Brianna recently served as a casual lecturer at the University of Adelaide for 'Indigenous Peoples and the Environment' and facilitated 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.

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Integrating social and medical care at a hospital serving a disadvantaged urban community in South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Kate Emily Neadley
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Effect of Sleep on Oral Health University of Adelaide - Honours Full Time Jainy Shah
    2023 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Tobacco Policy Analysis & Stakeholder Perspectives on Policy Gaps University of Adelaide - Master - Priyanka Multani
    2023 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Implications of the uptake of Silver Fluoride - dental school curriculum & practitioner perspective University of Adelaide - Honours - Samantha Tang
    2023 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Considerations of Oral Health in Chronic Disease Management among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in South Australia University of Adelaide - Honours Part Time Eda So
    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
    2022 - ongoing Co-Supervisor The relationship between kidney disease and oral health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples University of Adelaide - Master Full Time Isaac He
    2021 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Non-traumatic paediatric dental presentations to emergency departments University of Adelaide, Women's and Children's Hospital - Honours Full Time Ali Musa
  • 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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