Indigenous Oral Health Unit (IOHU) seeks to undertake research and provide research education in Indigenous oral health that is internationally recognised to be of the highest quality.
It builds on the foundations set by the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH).
ARCPOH researchers currently have competitive grant funding for four Indigenous oral health randomised controlled trials, mostly through the National Health and Medical Research Council. In the last five years, the group has been involved in five other Indigenous oral health projects, completed a government tender, established the oral health link in the Indigenous Australian Health InfoNet and collaborated with other investigators within the University. The researchers, including research higher degree candidates, have active ongoing collaborative relationships with colleagues in a range of academic, government, professional and industrial organisations. The University has gained a national and international standing for its research in this field and has extensive collaborative linkages.
Aims & Objectives
The specific aims and objectives of the unit are to:
- continue and extend the Indigenous oral health research program (including monitoring and surveillance) and associated research education that is currently undertaken at ARCPOH and in association with colleagues elsewhere in Australia and overseas;
- extend and strengthen collaborative relationships with Indigenous oral health researchers in Australia and overseas, bringing distinguished and stimulating visitors to Adelaide and generally through ongoing interaction fostering a synergy that will increase IOHU's scholarly output and enable capacity-building of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff;
- attract postgraduate research students of the highest potential, with a particular emphasis on Indigenous students;
- increase its national advisory role around Indigenous oral health, for example, in informing the National Advisory Council on Dental Health;
- extend its visibility in relation to advocacy around Indigenous oral health issues, for example, labour force and dental practice guidelines;
- maintain, increase and diversify the financial support for IOHU's research, including necessary infrastructure.