Suzanne Gardner

Dr Suzanne Gardner


Adelaide Dental School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Suzanne Gardner has broad research interests which include
1. addressing the oral health needs of disadvantaged populations. These groups include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, rural and remote populations, residents in aged care facilities, people suffering mental, physical or cognitive impairment and other marginalised groups such as the homeless and incarcerated.
2. supervising the delivery of educational activities, oral health screens and appropriate referrals to permanent residents of a domestic violence shelter. This is expected to be ongoing but also expanding the reach to other domestic violence sufferers in temporary accommodation is planned.
3.gathering data from Bachelor of Oral Health students since 2002 to 2018 and has published profiles of the cohorts, their career intentions upon graduation and factors associated with selection criteria and achievement levels in the program.
4. monitoring career motivation and influencing factors affecting career choice of dental and oral health students is an ongoing interest.
5. recently collaborated on a project involving enhancing students learning of dental anatomy using the flipped classroom model of student learning.

Research interests and activity 

Career choice factors for dental students & oral heath students

Predictors for high achievement & trajectory of student performance 

Oral Health outcomes and Homelessness 

Job satisfaction, Student well being  

2017 Alliance for a Cavity Free Future (ACFF) Australian and New Zealand Chapter $2000 (pending) ‘Supporting residents of Catherine House by providing dental screening, health education, and ongoing referrals to receive appropriate care’. S Gardner, M Steffens.

2016 Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences E-Learning Grant $4000, ‘Learning by observing others learn’: video tutorials for learning tooth identification, T Morgenstern, L Rupinskas, G Townsend, S Gardner.

2016 Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide, E-Learning Grant $4000, Creation of digital resources for the Bachelor of Nursing Research course”. J Magarey, P Rasmussen, S Gardner.

2013 Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant $10,000 (Project code: 6-2013). S Gardner, K Roberts-Thomson, T Winning, R Peterson.

Project title: Characteristics and motivation of dentists who provide care to underserved populations. A mixed-methods study Stage 2.

2012 Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant $5,000 (Project code: 2-2012).

S Gardner, K Roberts-Thomson, T Winning.

Project title: Characteristics and motivation of dentists who provide care to underserved populations.

2012 Colgate Travel Award $7,000 to attend IADR Australian/New Zealand Division, Regional meeting, Denarau Island, Fiji.

2011 Divisional Scholarship (3 years full time), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide.


Current :

Dental Health Science 1OH BOH

Oral Health Elective 3OH  BOH 

Research Placement Course 3rd Year, Bachelor of Health and Medical Science (BHMS) 


Dental Science and Practice 1D, Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS),  Simulation Laboratory, Teaching Clinic,  Evidence Based Dentistry 1

Dental Science and Practice 2D , Social Context of Dentistry, Evidenced Based Dentistry 2, Volunteer Patient Program

Dental Science and Practice 3D,  (preclinical), Volunteer Patient program  

Dental Science and Practice 4, Community Aspects of Health, Pedodontics teaching clinic, Volunteer Patient program

Dental Science and Practice 5, Community Dentistry

Professional Studies 1OH Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH)

Clinical Practice 1OH BOH

Clinical Practice 2OH BOH




  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Effectiveness of Air Polishing as a Method of Oral Prophylaxis in the Orthodontic Setting: A Systematic Review Protocol Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Deanne Maree Burgess
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - ongoing Other Bachelor of Oral Health Well being study University of Adelaide/University of Queensland PhD Doctorate Ms Nicole Stormon
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Systemic Review effectiveness of AirFlow hand scalers from operators perspective School of Public Health JBI University of Adelaide Joanna Briggs Master deanne Price
    2019 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Combating Early Childhood Caries In A Developing Country – A Preventive Approach University Tasmania Doctorate Full Time Ashish Shrestha
    2019 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Dental practitioners' impressions and thoughts on current dental practice. University Adelaide Honours Part Time Rosa Liu
    2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Combating Early Childhood Caries in a Developing Country – A Preventive Approach University of Tasmania Doctorate Dr Ashish Shrestha
  • Mentoring

    Date Topic Location Name
    2019 - 2019 Career Mentoring Career Mentoring University of Adelaide Sania Aijaz
    2018 - 2018 Career mentoring _opportunities to broaden horizons to gain employment in Oral Health Career Access Mentoring Ravinder Kaur Gill
    2018 - 2018 career mentoring Career Access Mentoring Program Rosa Lui
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2016 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Program Board, Adelaide Dental School, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Adelaide , Adelaide Dental School Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2010 - ongoing Member International Association for Dental Research
    2008 - 2016 Co-Chair Admissions Committee School of Dentistry Adelaide
    2005 - 2016 Member Academic Advisory Committee School of Dentistry Adelaide
    2000 - ongoing Member Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2016 - ongoing College of Oral Health Academics School or college Australia
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133053
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 10
  • Room: WS10055.07
  • Org Unit: Dental

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