Haiping Tan

Dr Haiping Tan

Senior Lecturer

Adelaide Dental School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Tan is a dentist, senior lecturer and an active researcher in Geriatric Oral Health, population oral health and preventive dentistry. She has been involved in 4 geriatric oral health intervention project, in collaboration with South Australian Dental Service. She is the Chief Investigator A of an Australia NHMRC project titled “Prevention and control of caries in older adults in residential aged care” and also a chief investigator of another NHMRC project. She holds the 2016 International Association for Dental Research John Clarkson Fellowship, the 2015 International Association for Dental Research Unilever Social Entrepreneur Approach to Change Oral Health Behavior Award, ACFF community grant, RM Gibson Scientific Research Fund Grant and Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant. She received an invitation from Cochrane Review Oral Health Group to submit a Cochrane Systemic Review on Root Caries management in 2016.

Employment history:
2015- Senior Lecturer (Level C), School of Dentistry, the University of Adelaide
2007-2014 Dental Lecturer (Level B), School of Dentistry, the University of Adelaide
2006-2007 Research assistant, The University of Hong Kong
2006-2007 Honorary clinical assistant professor, The University of Hong Kong

1. Research interests:

1) Population oral health

2) Geriatric oral and general health promotion

3) Randomised clinical trials

4) Oral health related quality of life

5) Preventive dentistry

6) Multidisciplinary collaboration in health care for older adults

7) Social inequality in oral health

8) Oral epidemiology

9) Interaction of oral health and systemic health (i.e., diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and neurodegenerative diseases)

10) Nutrition and oral health

2. Key research projects in the last five years:

2016-2017 A three-country study on oral health of older people in residential care
2015-2017 of older people to look after their oral health via peer support: a social entrepreneur approach
2015-2017 Building a caries free community for the elderly
2010-2014 Prevention and control of dental caries in older adults in Australian residential care
2011-2016 Intergenerational change in oral health in Australia
2011-2013 How do dental beliefs and behaviours affect oral health-related quality of life among middle-aged and older Chinese immigrants in Australia?

Research projects I have collaborated with SA Dental Services, SA Health:

2011-2014 The “Building Better Oral Health Communities” project, in collaboration with SA Dental Service, under the “Encouraging Best Practice in Aged Care (EBPAC)” program, $1.3 million, funded by The Department of Health and Ageing
2007-2010 The “Better Oral Health in Residential Care” project, in collaboration with SA Dental Service; 2007-2010 The “Improving Oral Health for Frail Community Living Older People” project, in collaboration with SA Dental Service 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2014 Dental Lecturer School of Dentstry, The Univerity of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Award International Association for Dental Research (IADR) John Clarkson Fellowship Australia USD$15,000
    2015 Award IADR Social Entrepreneur Approach to Change Oral Health Behaviors Award USD $75,000
    2013 Award IADR ANZ division Award in Preventive and Community Dentistry
    2012 Award Faculty International Travel Award
    2009 Award RM Gibson Research Fund Award $4040
    2006 Award IADR Colgate Research in Prevention Award
    2006 Award IADR P&G Junior Investigator Award in Geriatric Oral Health
    2006 Award Winner of the most impressive academic achievement competition
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Cantonese) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2002 - 2006 The University of Hong Kong P.R.China PhD
    1998 - 2001 Wuhan University P.R.China Master of Dental Surgery
    1993 - 1998 Wuhan University P.R. China Bachelor of Denatl Surgery
  • Research Interests

2016-2017 Tan H. International Association for Dental Research (IADR) John Clarkson Fellowship (USD$15,000)

2015-2017 Tan H, Spencer J, Brennan D, Roberts- Thomson K. International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Unilever Social Entrepreneur Approach to Change Oral Health Behavior Award (USD$75,000)

2015-2017 Tan H, Jones K, Brennan D, Roberts-Thomson K. Building a caries free community for the elderly. ACFF community grant ($20,000)

2010-2014 Tan H, Luzzi L. Prevention and control of dental caries in older adults in residential aged care. NHMRC project grant ($344,875)

2011-2014 Harford J, Luzzi L, Tan H, Mejia G, Roberts- Thomson K, Spencer AJ. Intergenerational change in oral health in Australia. NHMRC project grant ($543,978)

2010-2014 Tan H, Luzzi L, Spencer AJ. A pilot study on prevention of caries in older adults in residential care. RM Research Fund by Australian Association of Gerontology ($4,040)

2012-2014 Tan H, Brennan D. How do dental beliefs and behaviours affect oral health-related quality of life among middle-aged and older Chinese immigrants in Australia? Australian Dental Research Foudation ($7,000)

 

1)  Taking leadership in the development of the NEW curriculum of Geriatric Dentistry for BDS4 students This involves the delivery of lectures, Integrated Learning Activities (in the format of problem-based learning), Atraumatic Restorative Technique training at the Simulation Dental Clinic and the organization and oversight of nursing home visits as an elective in the area, for later year dental students. This has been achieved through persistence and some skill in coordinating with other dental academics and geriatricians (i.e., Professor Renuka Visvanathan, GTRAC Centre director and Associate Professor Robert Penhall) and in building a network of clinicians who can provide clinical opportunities and outstanding dental academics (i.e., Prof. Ron Ettinger) from USA, who have developed curriculum in Geriatric Dentistry over 30 years ago.

2)  Coordinating and teaching the course - Geriatric Dentistry:
I delivered almost all the lectures and the Dental Learning packages. As the coordinator, I not only coordinate with the 4th year coordinator and administrative staff regarding the arrangement of the course but also supervise causal tutorial tutors to make the Dental Learning packages and ART training sessions well organized and get the students’ and tutors’ feedback in time.

3)  Tutoring the tutorials of Evidence-Based Dentistry I in 2011-2012 and 2016 for 30 BDS2 and BOH2 students, & Evidence-Based Dentistry II for 20 BDS1 and BOH1 students in small group discovery

4)  Tutoring the tutorials of Population Oral Health for 13 BDS4 students in small group discovery in 2013

5)  Taking leadership in the development of selective course with geriatric focus:
I developed the selective “Portable Dental Service for the Elderly in Nursing Homes and Homebound People with Special Needs” after discussing with other expert dentists providing outreach dental service for elderly

6)  Coordinating and supervising BDS4 and 5 students’ selective with geriatric focus:
I coordinate with tutors to organize students’ nursing home visits and supervise them to use some questions that I designed as the guidance to collect thoughts about how to learn from tutors and to write a case report based on the guidance. I also supervise students to research on a geriatric topic that they select and write an essay on it.

7) Taking leadership in the development of the NEW clinical curriculum of Geriatric Dentistry for BDS4&5 students:
I have developed pre-clinical training on Atraumatic Restorative Technique (ART), clinical training at the clinic and outreach dental programme at the nursing homes

8) I have planning a Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Oral Health

9) I have been involved in the development of Master of Dental Public Health course

10) Supervising BDS5 students to investigate on geriatric oral health research and complete essays

11) Supervising two Honours students to conduct population oral health research

12) Attending annual “Festival of teaching and learning” activities 

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  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2017 - ongoing Oral health among the elderly in nursing homes The University of Adelaide Diffy Zhou
    2016 - ongoing Nutritin and oral health among the elderly the University of Adelaide Lily Sedra
    2016 - ongoing Oral health efficacy and quality of life The University of Adelaide George Chen
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Board Member Executive committee of Australian Association for Gerontology SA division
    2012 - ongoing Board Member Geriatric Oral Research Group of Intenational Associaiton for Dental Research
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2007 - ongoing Australian Association for Gerontology
    2002 - ongoing International Association for Dental Research
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Board Member Gerodontology: an international journal
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83134044
  • Email: haiping.tan@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 10
  • Room: WS10074.05
  • Org Unit: Dental

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