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Researcher: Crocombe, LA (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)

Fields of Research

Public Health and Health Services
Health Promotion
Residential Client Care
Aged Health Care
Primary Health Care
Dental Materials and Equipment
Special Needs Dentistry
Health Policy
Oral Medicine and Pathology
Dental Therapeutics, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Health and Community Services
Community Child Health
Nutrition and Dietetics
Pacific Peoples Health
Microbial Genetics
Clinical and Sports Nutrition
Higher Education
Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
Medical Microbiology
Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy
Medical Infection Agents (incl. Prions)
Aged Care Nursing

Research Objectives

Dental Health
Rural Health
Health Education and Promotion
Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Health Related to Ageing
Health Policy Evaluation
Oro-Dental Disorders
Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
Health and Support Services
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Health Status and Outcomes
Neurodegenerative Disorders Related to Ageing
Environmental Health
Preventive Medicine
Resourcing of Education and Training Systems
Endocrine Organs and Diseases (excl. Diabetes)
Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups
Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Education and Training Systems
Occupational Health
Learner and Learning Processes
Social Structure and Health
Learner and Learning Achievement
Management of Education and Training Systems
Indigenous Health
Infectious Diseases
Palliative Care
Health Inequalities
Evaluation of Health Outcomes
Health Policy Economic Outcomes
Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A comparative analysis of policies addressing rural oral health in eight English-speaking OECD countries; Rural and Remote Health
A retrospective analysis of Medicare rebate claims over time and region of the Australian Chronic Disease Dental Scheme for the period 2008–2012; 6th International Meeting on Methodological Issues in Oral Health Research
A review of mercury exposure and health of dental personnel; Safety and Health at Work
A systematic literature review of the information-seeking behavior of dentists in developed countries; Journal Of Dental Education
Advances in medical education and practice: role of massive open online courses; Advances in Medical Education and Practice
Ag(NH3)2F; Southern Dental Industries
Aged care staff’s experiences of ‘Better Oral Health in Residential Care Training’: a qualitative study; Contemporary Nurse
An oversupply of dentists: what it means for the rural dental workforce; News bulletin of the Australian Dental Association Incorporated
Atraumatic Restorative Technique 'ART' Refresher Workshop; DHAA National Symposium
Behavioural, Epidemiologic and Health Services Research; Annual Scientific Meeting. International Association for Dental Research, Australia & New Zealand Division
Changes in the oral health of the children of Dili, Timor Leste, between 2002 and 2014; Rural and Remote Health
Changing the dental treatment paradigm; Centre for Rural Health Symposium
Changing the Practice of Dentistry; Oral Health Therapist team day
Chronic Periodontitis: the hidden pandemic?; 3 minute thesis presentation
Clinical oral health of Australia’s rural children in a sample attending school dental services; Australian Journal of Rural Health
Closing the dental divide; Medical Journal of Australia
Committee report: An update from the Dental Workforce Education Committee
Comparison of adult oral health in Australia, the USA, Germany and the UK; Australian Dental Journal
Comparison of DNA extraction and quantification methods to estimate bacterial load in oral cavity; Molecular Microbiology Meeting 2018
Costly chronic diseases: a retrospective analysis of Chronic Disease Dental Scheme expenditure; Australian Health Review
Decline of the edentulism epidemic in Australia; Australian Dental Journal
Dental Access
Dental care in rural & remote Australia; Rural Health and Collaborative Research Symposium 2017
Dental conditions associated with preventable hospital admissions in Australia: a systematic literature review; Bmc Health Services Research
Dental extremes: “they pull out their own teeth in the bush”; 34th Annual CRANAplus Conference 2016, Going to extremes: how isolation, geography & climate, build resourcefulness & innovation in healthcare
Dental practitioner rural work movements: A systematic review; 2013 Primary Health Care Research Conference
Dental practitioner rural work movements: A systematic review; Rural and Remote Health
Dental practitioners: Rural work movements
Dental visiting trajectory patterns and their antecedents; Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Denticare and Dentistry in Australia
Do Preventable Hospital Admissions for Oral Health-Related Conditions vary by Geographical Remoteness?; National Rural Health Conference 2019
Does lower lifetime fluoridation exposure explain why people outside capital cities have poor clinical oral health?; Australian Dental Journal
Does optimal access to dental care counteract the oral health-related quality of life social gradient?; Australian Dental Journal
Does optimal access to dental care counteract the oral health-related quality of life social gradient?; Australian Dental Journal
Draft code of practise for Dental Prosthetists
Draft Standards Statement 1.10 Scope of Duties and Supervision of Dental Assistants
Effectiveness of dental hygiene (home-based and professionally)
Embedding oral health with primary health network: A Need of Tasmanian Health Care System; Tasmanian Health Conference 2018
Evidence of the effect of rural background on rural practice in Australian dental practitioners: does gender play a role?; Australian Dental Journal
Fluoride and smooth surface dental caries in adults
Guest presenter; Arresting dental caries: Oral Health Services Tasmania North West Region
Hall Technique Refresher Workshop; DHAA National Symposium
Health reforms in Australia: Where are we going?
Homeless adults’ access to dental services and strategies to improve their oral health: a systematic literature review; Australian Journal of Primary Health
Homeless persons' access to dental services and strategies to improve their oral health: A systematic literature review; 57th Annual Scientific Meeting of the IADR ANZ Division
Identification of type and load of oral microorganisms associated with ill health and aspiration pneumonia in people living in residential aged care; Tasmania Health Conference 2017
Impact of dental services on quality of life; Aust
Impact of dental services on quality of life
Impact of dental visiting trajectory patterns on clinical oral health and oral health-related quality of life; Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Information-seeking behaviours of dentists: a systematic review; Population Health Congress
Inquiry into adult dental services to identify priorities for Commonwealth funding
Interdental Cleaning
Is clinical oral health poorer in regional areas compared with major city areas?; Australian Journal of Rural Health
Is it time for an advanced rural dentist?; Australian Journal of Rural Health
Is overweight/obesity a risk factor for periodontitis in young adults and adolescents?: a systematic review; Obesity Reviews
Is poor access to dental care why people outside capital cities have poor oral health?; Australian Dental Journal
Is self interdental cleaning associated with dental plaque levels, dental calculus, gingivitis and periodontal disease?; Journal of Periodontal Research
Is sugar consumption an associative factor for obesity and periodontitis in Australian adults?; 2017 International Association for Dental Research conference
Keeping people out of hospital: Oral health; Tasmanian Health Conference 2017
Mercury Exposure and Health of Dental Personnel; Population Health Congress 2015
Non‐clinical factors associated with referral to periodontal specialists; Journal of Periodontology
Non-clinical factors associated with referral to periodontal specialists: a systematic review; Journal of Periodontology
Non-dental primary care providers’ views on challenges in providing oral health services and strategies to improve oral health in Australian rural and remote communities: a qualitative study; BMJ Open
Opportunities in oral health policy for Timor-Leste; WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health
Options for dental care and dentist representation in PNG Parts 1 & 2; PNG Dental Symposium
Oral health behaviours in the Australian population 2004-06
Oral health education and training for nursing staff in residential aged care facilities; 20th Global Nursing Education Conference
Oral health in Papua New Guinea; Nature India
Oral health in Tasmania
Oral health in Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea; Australian Dental Association NT, Continuing Professional Development
Oral health messages for the Australian public. Findings of a national consensus workshop; Australian Dental Journal
Oral health policy
Oral Health Policy and Rural Disadvantage: An International comparative Study; IADR-APR 2013
Oral health policy opportunities for Timor-Leste; 2016 Primary Health Care Research Conference
Oral health policy opportunities for Timor-Leste; Timor Leste Ministry of Health and NGO meeting - Oral Health Care – Timor-Leste – Where to next?
Oral health policy: International implications for Australia. Final Report
Oral health policy: What does it do for rural and remote communities?; 'Totally Wild'
Oral health research vs oral health policy: lost in translation?; 2nd Annual NHMRC Research Translation Faculty Symposium
Oral health screening may decrease aspiration pneumonia risk for adults with dementia in residential aged care; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention
Oral health screening may decrease aspiration pneumonia risk for adults with dementia in residential aged care; Australia Dementia Forum
Our Oral Health: What Does the Future Hold?; Tasmanian Health Conference Our health: What does the future hold?
Overview to rural dentistry; Rural Health Workforce Australia Dental Research Exchange
Overweight/obesity is a risk factor for periodontitis in young adults and adolescents: a systematic review; World Congress on Public Health
Overweight/obesity is a risk factor for periodontitis in young adults and adolescents: a systematic review; 15th World Congress of Public Health
Parental education level and dental caries in school children living in Dili, Timor-Leste; Asia-Pacific journal of public health
Perceptions of dental treatment need in Australian-born and migrant populations; European Journal of Oral Sciences
Physical inactivity induced obesity and periodontitis risk: A sequential mediation analysis of the National survey of Adult Oral health 2004-06; Friday seminar series at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, University of Adelaide
Practice of dentistry by dental auxillaries
Primary care providers' strategies on how to fix the oral health crisis in the bush; Population Health Congress 2015
Proposal for a national dental residency program
Recruitment and retention of dental practitioners in rural Australia: views of dental practitioners; Population Health Congress 2015
Reducing dental caries and its impact on quality of life through application of silver diamine fluoride in residential aged care facilities; Annual Rural Health and Collaborative Research Symposium
Regional use of the Australian Chronic Disease Dental Scheme; Australian Journal of Rural Health
Relationship of dental practitioners to rural primary care networks
Relationships between dental personnel and non-dental primary health care providers in rural and remote Queensland, Australia: dental perspectives; BMC Oral Health
Relative oral health outcome trends between people inside and outside capital city areas of Australia; Australian Dental Journal
Review of Code of Practice C005 on continuing professional development
Review of Code of Practice on the practice of dentistry by dental prosthetists
Risk factors of periodontitis in the Australian adult population; School of Health Sciences Friday seminar series
Role of the Dentist in Community Dentistry/Career Pathways, Dental Equipment and Materials, Radiology and Forensic Dentistry
Rural dental health care and the workforce challenges; Medical Journal of Australia
Rural oral health and access to dental care; Making a Difference – Building the Health of Primary Health Research in Tasmania
Should I Replace Another Dentist's Work That Is Not Up To My Standard?
Should we have more collaboration, communication and integration between oral and other health sectors?; Tasmanian Health Conference 2015
Silver diamine fluoride trial; Oral Health Services Tasmania
Social Determinants: Common Risk Factors for Chronic Periodontitis and Systemic Diseases
Soft Drinks and Sports Drinks
Special feature: Dental workforce: Shortage or surplus
Special need dentistry: A perspective from the Cradle
Staged introduction of a universal dental scheme
Steering without navigation equipment: The need for fundamental reform
Submission to the Tasmanian Legislative Council Inquiry into The Department of Health and Human Services Cost reduction Strategies
Sustainable healthcare: The role of dentists; ADA News Bulletin
Tasmanian Service Agreement
The association of socioeconomic status and dental caries experience in children in Dili, Timor-Leste; Asia-Pacific journal of public health
The Big Issues in Oral Health; Research Week 2013
The changing oral health situation in Australia and moving towards primary oral health care; Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management
The changing oral health situation in Australia: Will Australia move towards primary oral health care?
The dental health of Australia's children by remoteness
The effect of cultural background on the academic adjustment of first year dental students; ergo: the journal of the Education Research Group of Adelaide
The effect of lifetime fluoridation exposure on dental caries experience of younger rural adults; Australian Dental Journal
The importance of interprofessional teams in facilitating the oral health of older adults; ADOHTA 5th International Conference
The influence of dental attendance on change in oral health–related quality of life; Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
The influence of the volume of dental treatment on change in self-reported oral health; Journal of Public Health Dentistry
The Introduction of a Dentist Residency Program
The oral health of rural children attending School Dental Services; Population Health Congress
The private sector view on ehealth; Symposium: Oral health meets ehealth.
The relationship between adult recall period and dental caries and periodontal disease
The relationship between dental care and perceived oral health impacts; Community Dental Health
The relationship of primary care providers to dental practitioners in rural and remote Australia; BMC Health Services Research
The use of dental bitewing radiographs in adults
The worsening crisis in aged care oral health; ANMF / HERC 2016 Aged Care Conference
Understanding the research–policy divide for oral health inequality; Healthcare Policy
Update on evidence relating to population oral health; 12th National Rural Health Conference
Utilisation of oral health services provided by non-dental health practitioners in developed countries: a review of the literature; Community Dental Health
Views of Australian dental practitioners towards rural recruitment and retention: a descriptive study; BMC Oral Health
Why is oral health poor in the bush?; DHAA National Symposium
Will improving access to dental care improve oral health-related quality of life?; Australian Dental Journal
Will primary oral health care become a big issue for health managers?; International Annual Congress 2012 Australasian College of Health Service Management
“Sorry, I’m not a dentist”: perspectives of rural GPs on oral health in the bush; Medical Journal of Australia

Research Projects

APHCRI Centre for Research Excellence in Primary Oral Health Care; Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI)
Developing a protocol to predicting health outcomes through oral microbes; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Developing a robust laboratory protocol for analyzing oral swabs for pathogenic or key microbiological flora; Australian Dental Health Foundation (ADHF)
Improving the Oral Health of Tasmanians in Residential Aged Care; Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
Sustained Effective Oral Care to Significantly Reduce Aspiration Pneumonia experienced by Adults with Dementia in Residential Care; Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (DCRC)
Sustaining oral and systemic health in Residential Aged Care Facilities; Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)
Zero Invasion Dentistry; Tasmanian Community Fund (TasCF)
Managing tooth decay of primary teeth in young children using silver diamine fluoride to reduce cost, fear and pain
SMART (Silver fluoride Modified Atraumatic Restorative Treatment) Clinical Trial

Research Candidate Supervision

An Investigation into Quality of Life for Removable Dental Prostheses Treated Patients in Sydney South Local Health District - A patient centred views approach
Dental Practitioners- Rural Work Movements
Oral/Dental Health Survey
Relationship of Dental Practitioners to Primary Care Networks in Rural and Remote QLD and the Application of Technology in the Management of Dental Problems