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.
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
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
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
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 Competency Chinese (Cantonese) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
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
Year Citation 2019 Hariyani, N., Spencer, A. J., Luzzi, L., Harford, J., Tan, H., Mejia, G., . . . Do, L. G. (2019). The prevalence and severity of root surface caries across Australian generations. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, OnlinePubl, 1-9.
2018 Marchini, L., Ettinger, R., Chen, X., Kossioni, A., Tan, H., Tada, S., . . . Adeola, H. A. (2018). Geriatric dentistry education and context in a selection of countries in five continents. Special Care in Dentistry, 38(3), 123-132.
2017 Tan, H., Richards, L., Walsh, T., Worthington, H., Clarkson, J., Wang, L., & Mattar de Amoedo Campos Velo, M. (2017). Interventions for managing root caries. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2017(8).
2016 Antunes, J., Tan, H., Peres, K., & Peres, M. (2016). Impact of shortened dental arches on oral health-related quality of life. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, 43(3), 190-197.
DOI Scopus8 WoS7 Europe PMC6
2016 Tan, H., Brennan, D., Roberts-Thomson, K., & Spencer, A. (2016). Empowerment of older people to look after their oral health via peer support. Gerodontology, 33(1), 1.
2016 Tan, H., Peres, K., & Peres, M. (2016). Retention of teeth and oral health-related quality of life. Journal of Dental Research, 95(12), 1350-1357.
DOI Scopus33 WoS27 Europe PMC16
2015 Tan, H., Glazer, K., & De Anselmo Peres, M. (2015). Do people with shortened dental arches have worse oral health-related quality of life than those with more natural teeth? A population-based study. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 43(1), 33-46.
DOI Scopus16 WoS15 Europe PMC12
2014 Tan, H., & Lo, E. (2014). Risk indicators for root caries in institutionalized elders. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 42(5), 435-440.
DOI Scopus15 Europe PMC7
2014 Lo, E., & Tan, H. (2014). Cultural challenges to oral healthcare implementation in elders. Gerodontology, 31, 72-76.
2013 Tan, H. (2013). Dental behaviours among older adults over an 11-year period. Australian Dental Journal, 58(2), 262-265.
DOI Scopus4 WoS2 Europe PMC3
2010 Tan, H., Lo, E., Dyson, J., Luo, Y., & Corbet, E. (2010). A randomized trial on root caries prevention in elders. Journal of Dental Research, 89(10), 1086-1090.
DOI Scopus87 WoS75 Europe PMC57
2010 Tan, H. (2010). Dental visiting and use of dental services among the Australian older population. Australian Dental Journal, 55(2), 223-227.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3 Europe PMC2
2010 Tan, H. (2010). Dental visiting and use of dental services among the Australian older population. AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, 29, 43. 2006 Lo, E., Luo, Y., Tan, H., Dyson, J., & Corbet, E. (2006). ART and conventional root restorations in elders after 12 months. Journal of Dental Research, 85(10), 929-932.
2003 Tan, H., Bian, Z., Fan, M. W., Chen, Z., & Fan, B. (2003). Rapid detection of Streptococcus mutans and streptococcus sobrinus in human saliva by nested polymerase chain reaction. Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, 38(3), 223-226.
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
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
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 — —
Date Role Membership Country 2007 - ongoing — Australian Association for Gerontology — 2002 - ongoing — International Association for Dental Research —
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2016 - ongoing Board Member Gerodontology: an international journal — —
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