Dr Haiping Tan
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Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building
Dr Tan is a dentist, senior lecturer and an active researcher in Geriatric Oral Health, population oral health and preventive dentistry. She has been involved in 4 geriatric oral health intervention project, in collaboration with South Australian Dental Service. She is the Chief Investigator A of an Australia NHMRC project titled “Prevention and control of caries in older adults in residential aged care” and also a chief investigator of another NHMRC project. She holds the 2016 International Association for Dental Research John Clarkson Fellowship, the 2015 International Association for Dental Research Unilever Social Entrepreneur Approach to Change Oral Health Behavior Award, ACFF community grant, RM Gibson Scientific Research Fund Grant and Australian Dental Research Foundation Grant. She received an invitation from Cochrane Review Oral Health Group to submit a Cochrane Systemic Review on Root Caries management in 2016.
2015- Senior Lecturer (Level C), School of Dentistry, the University of Adelaide
2007-2014 Dental Lecturer (Level B), School of Dentistry, the University of Adelaide
2006-2007 Research assistant, The University of Hong Kong
2006-2007 Honorary clinical assistant professor, The University of Hong Kong
Principal research projects:
Leading researcher in the project titled “A social entrepreneur approach to oral health promotion for older people”, funded by the 2015 International Association for Dental Research Unilever Social Entrepreneur Approach to Change Oral Health Behavior Award
Leading researcher in the “Building a caries free community for older people” project, funded by ACFF community grant
Leading researcher in the “Prevention and control of dental caries in older adults in residential aged care” project, funded by NHMRC project grant 627222
Leading researcher in the “How do dental beliefs and behaviours affect oral health-related quality of life among middle-aged and older Chinese immigrants in Australia?” project, funded by Australian Dental Research Foundation
The “Building Better Oral Health Communities” project under the “Encouraging Best Practice in Aged Care (EBPAC)” program, funded by The Department of Health and Ageing
The “Better Oral Health in Residential Care” project under the “Encouraging Best Practice in Residential Aged Care (EBPRAC)” program, funded by The Department of Health and Ageing
The “Improving Oral Health for Frail Community Living Older People” project
A randomised clinical trial on the prevention and arrest of root caries in Chinese elders in residential homes (Former PhD project)
A randomised clinical trial on the effectiveness of Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) in treating root dentine caries in Hong Kong elders
Rapid detection of cariogenic bacteria (Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus) in human saliva by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)
Other involved research projects:
The “Intergenerational change in oral health in Australia” project, funded by NHMRC project grant 1011589
Dental care for people in special needs
A randomised clinical trial on the effectiveness of Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) and silver diamine fluoride in treating primary dentine caries in Chinese children
To life the profile of Geriatric Dentistry in the dental undergraduate curriculum, Dr
Tan has been teaching Geriatric Dentistry to BDS and BOH students since 2008. Being the course coordinator and teacher, she developed this new didactic curriculum, including teaching materials and teaching portfolio in 2008-09. Recently,
she has developed the proposal for clinical teaching in Geriatric Dentistry for BDS4 and 5 students and is directing the clinical teaching in Geriatric Dentistry.
Teaching experience in other area:
Supervisor of the 4th and 5th dental students’ selective Portable Dental Service for the Elderly in Nursing Homes and Homebound People with Special Needs
Tutorial facilitator of Evidence-Based Dentistry I
Tutorial facilitator of Evidence-Based Dentistry II
Course teacher in annual training course in dental public health and oral health promotion for Chinese dentists supported for Borrow Foundation
Co-advisor in the annual 4th year BDS students’ community oral health projects at the Faculty of Dentistry, the University of Hong Kong
An executive Committee Member of IADR Geriatric Oral Research Group
An executive Committee Member of Australian Association of Gerontology SA division
To be an invited speaker at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Asia/Oceania 2015 congress in Thailand
To be an invited visiting scholar at the University of Tasmania
A judge for J Morita poster competition in Geriatric Oral Health Research Group at the IADR general session in 2015
An invited talk at the Concord Geriatric workshop and CPD course titled “How do Mid-life Decisions Impact on Oral Health in Later Life?” at Sydney, NSW
An invited talk at College of Dentistry, The University of Iowa, USA as a Continued Education session
An invited talk at an “Aged Care” workshop by the Australian Dental Association, Adelaide, SA
An Editorial Board Member for Journal of Dentistry and Clinical Research and a peer reviewer for the 11 journals, including Community Epidemiology and Oral Epidemiology, Special Care in Dentistry, Gerodontology, BMC Public Health, International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, Australian Dental Journal, Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry, Australasian Journal on Ageing, Geriatric Nursing and International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
A member of the Expert Reference Group for the Aged Care node of Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) COnNECT- online access to JBI resources. Dr Tan assists in developing and maintaining evidence-based clinical content for clinicians, researchers and students. Involvement in the group is by quarterly teleconference and correspondence as required.
Serving as an oral session chairperson twice at the IADR/AADR 90th General Session, Brazil in 2012 and the IADR/AADR 91st General Session, Seattle, USA in 2013.
Being an organizer for the Geriatric Oral Health Research symposium titled “Retention of teeth and quality of life” at the coming 94th IADR General Session, Seoul, South Korea in 2016.
Interruption of Career Development:
Career development has been interrupted by 2 periods of maternity leave in 2008-2009 and 2011-2012
The University of Hong Kong
Doctor of Philosophy in Dentistry (Geriatric Oral Health)
Wuhan University, China
Master of Dental Surgery (Conservative Dentistry)
Wuhan University, China
Bachelor in Dentistry
Awards & Achievements
International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Unilever Social Entrepreneur Approach to Change Oral Health Behavior Award
International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Australian and New Zealand Division Award in Preventive and Community Dentistry
FICA in Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Adelaide
RM Gibson Research Fund Award, Australian Association of Gerontology
IADR/Colgate Research in Prevention Award at the 84th General Session of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR), Brisbane, Australia. The award merits “Original research in the area of oral disease prevention”.
IADR/P&G Junior Investigator Awards, the first prize in the area of Geriatric Oral Health at the 84th General Session of IADR, Brisbane, Australia.
Winner of the Most Impressive Achievement Competition at the University of Hong Kong
1. Problem-based learning
3. Geriatric Dentistry (didactic and clinical teaching)
4. Population oral health
5. Evidence-based dentistry
6. Supervision of postgraduates
1) Geriatric oral and general health promotion
2) Randomised clinical trial
3) Oral health related quality of life
4) Preventive dentistry
5) Multidisciplinary collaboration in health care for older adults
6) Social inequality in oral health
Tan H, Spencer J, Brennan D, Roberts-Thomson K
International Association for Dental Research Unilever Social Entrepreneur Approach to Change Oral Health Behavior Award
International Association for Dental Research
Tan H, Jones K, Brennan D, Roberts-Thomson K
Building a caries free community for the elderly
ACFF community grant
Tan H, Luzzi L
Prevention and control of dental caries in older adults in residential aged care
NHMRC project grant
Harford J, Luzzi L, Tan H, Mejia G, Roberts-Thomson K, Spencer AJ
Intergenerational change in oral health in Australia
NHMRC project grant
Tan H, Spencer AJ, Luzzi L
A pilot study on prevention of caries in older adults in residential care
RM Gibson Research Fund By Australian Association of Gerontology
Tan H, Brennan D
How do dental beliefs and behaviours affect oral health-related quality of life among middle-aged and older Chinese immigrants in Australia?
Australian Dental Research Foundation
Invited review/commentary at core journals
Being invited to submit a critical review to Journal of Dental Research
Being invited to submit an Invited Commentary to Gerodontology
Selected publications at peer-reviewed journals:
Tan H, Peres KG, Peres MA. Do people with shortened dental arches have worse oral health-related quality of life than those with more natural teeth? A population-based study. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2015 Feb;43(1):33-46
Tan HP and Lo ECM. Risk indicators for root caries in institutionalized elders. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2014 Oct;42(5):435-40.
Tan H. Dental behaviours among older adults over an 11-year period. Aust Dent J. 2013 Jun;58(2):262-5.
Lo ECM, Tan HP. Cultural challenges to oral health care pathway implementation. Gerodontology 2014, Feb 31 Suppl 1: 72-76.
Tan HP, Lo EC, Dyson JE, Luo Y, Corbet EF. A randomized trial on root caries prevention in elders. J Dent Res 2010 OCT; 89(10): 1086-90.
Tan HP. ARCPOH. Dental visiting and use of dental services among the Australian older population. Aust Dent J 2010 Jun; 55(2): 223-7.
Tian HP, Bian Z, Fan MW, Chen Z, Fan B. Rapid detection of Streptococcus mutans and streptococcus sobrinus in human saliva by nested polymerase chain reaction. Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2003 May; 38(3):223-6. Chinese.
Publications at continuing education programs:
Dementia Oral Health Care for the Elderly
Colgate Dental education Program Special topic No.9
Oral Health Care for the Elderly/Information for Carers
Colgate Dental education Program Special topic No.9
2002- International Association of Dental Research
2007- The Australian Association of Gerontology
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