Higher Degree by Research Candidate
Adelaide Dental School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
I am currently an M.Phil (Dentistry) candidate in the specialist field of forensic odontology, supervised by Dr. Denice Higgins and Dr. John Berketa.
The aim of my research, Dental Identification by Pattern Matching - Variation and Reliability of techniques, is to assess the validity of the current methodology of dental identification in Australia. With the potential to be called as expert witnesses it is important to ensure our scientific methods meet the standards required to be admissible in a court of law.
My research component for my Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology (2015), Tooth Wear and other Dental Characteristics in Aboriginal Australian Skulls, Narungga, Yorke Peninsula, SA, studied a specific population of Aboriginal Australian skulls. The aim was to narrow the gap in knowledge of the oral condition of pre-contemporary Narungga by documenting various types of tooth wear and other infectious, degenerative, developmental and genetic conditions and analysing their significance within the population. The documentation of tooth wear and other dental conditions has shown the Narungga had a similar dental condition to that of previously studied pre-contact Aboriginal Australian populations, however, in some cases with differing incidence and prevalence. Previous studies have also reported that while there is a general dental pattern for hunter-gatherer populations there is variation between the tribes that reflect culture differences and male and female role variations.
Date Position Institution name 2017 Higher Degree by Research Candidate University of Adelaide 2015 Forensic Odontologist University of Adelaide
Date Institution name Country Title 2013 - 2015 University of Adelaide Australia G Dip For Odont 2005 - 2009 University of Adelaide Australia BDS
Date Title Institution Country 2017 - 2021 M.Phil (Dentistry) University of Adelaide Australia
- Tutor for second and third-year BDS sim-clinic in 2014.
- Tutor for first-year BDS sim-clinic in 2016 and 2017.
- Tutor for first-year BDS clinic 2019.
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