Jane Harford

Dr Jane Harford

Senior Lecturer

Adelaide Dental School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


Dr Jane Harford joined the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) at the University of Adelaide in early 2003. She has a background in public health, health policy and health economics. Her research interests include the impact of population ageing on oral public health and on the provision of oral health care, strengthening a public health/primary care approach to oral health, the impact of various funding arrangements including government subsidies on oral health service delivery and status, and the role of food policy in oral health. Her roles at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health include  reporting on the measures of oral health and access to dental care from the National Telephone Interview Survey and co-ordinating ARCPOH's contribution to the revised Bachelor of Dental Surgery undergraduate program and the Master of Public Health Program. She has been a chief investigator on the Intergenerational Change in Oral Health project, examining changes in oral health of older South Australians and the CHAMP Oral health project, examining oral health of older men. Jane is a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC Partnership Grant (APP1115649) entitled ‘Delivering effective dental healthcare in 2020–2030: A national longitudinal partnership study of burden of oral diseases in Australia’. She is a former  Director of the AIHW Dental Statistic and Research Unit (2011-13) and the National Oral Health Promotion Clearinghouse (2105-16).

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - 2015 Director University of Adelaide
    2013 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2013 Co-Director University of Adelaide
    2003 - 2013 Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2000 - 2000 Project Officer University of Adelaide
    2000 - 2000 Research Officer University of Adelaide
    1997 - 1999 Lecturer, Level A (Casual) University of Adelaide
    1994 - 1996 Senior Research Officer The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    1994 - 1997 Lecturer, Level A University of Adelaide
    1993 - 1993 Lecturer, Level A (Casual) University of Adelaide
    1992 - 1992 Tutor (Casual) Flinders University of South Australia
    1990 - 1991 Tutor (Casual) Flinders University of Adelaide
    1990 - 1994 Senior Project Officer Department of Health, Housing and Community Services (Australian Government)
    1990 - 1991 Graduate Administrative Assistant Department of Health, Housing and Community Service (Australian Government)
    1988 - 1990 Administrative Officer Monash Medical Centre (Prince Henry's Hospital Camputs)
    1985 - 1987 Administrative Assistant South Australian Institute of Technology
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2007 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    1997 University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics
    1992 Flinders University Australia Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences (Policy & Admin.)
    1987 South Australia Institute of Technology Australia Bachelor of Business (Health Admin)

Competitive Research Funding

National Competitive Schemes

Date Project/No. Type Title Investigators Funding Body Amount
2016 1115649 Partnership Delivering effective dental healthcare in 2020–2030: A national longitudinal partnership study of burden of oral diseases in Australia. M Peres, L Do, D Brennan, AJ Spencer, J Karnon, K Roberts-Thomson, K Peres, WM Thomson, L Luzzi, J Harford NHMRC $1,056,521.50
2014 1065649 Project Study of the relationship of oral health &d oral health service utilisation to the general health of older Australian men R Cumming, C Wright, V Hirani, V Naganathan, F Blight, J Harford NH&MRC $459,723
2011 1011589 Project Intergenerational change in oral health in Australia JE Harford, L Luzzi, H Tan, G Mejia, K Roberts-Thomson, AJ Spencer NH&MRC $543,978
2008 565334 Project Economic evaluation of the costs and benefits of options for publicly funded dental care provision in Australia AJ Spencer,X Zhao,A Sanders,L Gold, J Harford NH&MRC $212,625
2008 565334 Research development award Preliminary work for project entitled: Economic evaluation of the costs and benefits of options for publicly funded dental care provision in Australia AJ Spencer,X Zhao,A Sanders,L Gold, J Harford The University of Adelaide, Feculty of Health Sciences $15,000
1988   Public Health Postgraduate Award Thesis entitled: Economics and Public Health: An exploration J Harford NH&MRC

Dr Jane Harford occupies a position 0.4 FTE in the School of Dentistry to deliver teaching in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) programs. Dr Harford specialises in the areas of Population Oral Health and Ethics. She teaches in the following areas:

Jane delivers integrated class meetings on population health and ethics in the first year of the BDS and contributes to the development and maintenance of online learning material for evidence-based practice teaching in BDS1 (and BOH1) to support the School’s effort in developing blended modes of learning. Dr Harford coordinates the Community Dentistry component of the fourth and fifth year of the BDS.  In the fifth year of of the BDS this has included development and maintence of a fully online suite of course materials.  In addition to leading this teaching in first, fouth and fifth years, Dr Harford  teaches tutorials in Evidence Based Practice components of first and second year as well as tutorials in the Social Context of Dentistry component of second year (BDS and BOH combined) Dr Harford has contributed to the School’s teaching effort as the BDS teaching staff member on the School’s Learning and Teaching Committee (2014-2015). In 2015, she also attended the Faculty Learning and Teaching Committee as a proxy for the Chair of the School Learning and Teaching Committee (S Karanicolas). Dr Harford also co-ordinates ARCPOH’s teaching of dental public health topics in the Population Oral Health specialisation of the Master of Public Health offered through the School of Public Health.

  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133065
  • Email: jane.harford@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3070
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 9
  • Room: WS9099.02
  • Org Unit: ARCPOH

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