Poppy Anastassiadis

Dr Poppy Anastassiadis

Senior Lecturer

Adelaide Dental School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dental decay is a preventable disease.
The burden of poor oral health is greatest on the disadvantaged and socially marginalised.
These realities guide my academic and research focus on preventive, person-centred care. Applying the principles of adult education, I facilitate the transformation of learners into highly effective clinicians; equipped with the knowledge, clinical skills and professionalism that are vital to deliver quality person-centred care.

Available Project: 

Online professionalism; a dental students’ perspective

Research/Project overview

Immediate compliance with the code of conduct as determined by the Dental Board of Australia, faces all enrolling dental students in Australian Universities. Preceding formal teaching of expectations and limited opportunities for socialisation, these legal and ethical precedents present immediate challenges to dental students navigating the complex construct of professionalism. The online preservation of professional values presents a unique challenge and potential opportunity for exposure in this cohort. 

The rapid development of online platforms and changing societal expectations challenge the dental profession, where online interactions blur the boundaries of professional and private life and progress continues around developing the appropriate parameters of what may be an appropriate relationship between social media and health. 

This research aims to explore the student perspective around online professionalism, the project will be a qualitative analysis of focus group interview data. It is anticipated that the proposed research will progress and assist the development of educational tools designed to assist students navigating dental professionalism online.

Project available for Honours


  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 - ongoing Senior Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2020 Lecturer The University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2014 Associate Lecturer The University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Fellowship Fellow of Pierre Frauchard Academy Pierre Frauchard Academy Australia
    2013 Fellowship Fellowship Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons General Dental Practice Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Australia
    2011 Distinction Commendation in the Primary Examination Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Australia
    2009 Award Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Academic Prize Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 - 2020 Flinders University Australia Master of Clinical Education
    2005 - 2009 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2017 - 2020 Master of Clinical Education Flinders University Australia
    2013 Fellowship General Dental Practice The Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Australia
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2020 Epigeum: Supervising Doctoral Studies program The University of Adelaide
  • Research Interests

Undergraduate teaching

* Bachelor of Dental Surgery

2nd Year Co-coordinator 

2nd Year Simulation Clinic Coordinator

Minimum Intervention Dentistry Lecturer

* Bachelor of Oral Health

Minimum Intervention Dentistry Lecturer

Postgraduate teaching

* Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Science

  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2019 - 2019 Board Member Adelaide Dental School Program Board The University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 - ongoing Council Council Australian Dental Association South Australia Branch Australian Dental Association South Australia Australia
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Member Employed Dentist Working Party Australian Dental Association Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2020 - ongoing Member Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Prideaux Centre for Research in Health Professions Education Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member e-Learning Community of Practice Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member Craniofacial Biology and Dental Education Group Australia
    2009 - ongoing Member Australian Dental Association Australia
  • Community Engagement

    Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Reviewer: Focus on Health Professional Education Scientific Community Engagement Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-professional Journal
    2017 - ongoing ADA Federal Continuing Professional Development Reviewer Scientific Community Engagement Australian Dental Association
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83132911
  • Email: poppy.anastassiadis@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 10
  • Org Unit: Dental

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