Dr Leonard Crocombe

Dr Leonard Crocombe
  • Biography/ Background

    Dr Crocombe has a passion for improving the oral health of rurally-based people. This comes from seeing the effects of the ravages of oral disease in rural communities during his 35+ years as a clinical dentist. He felt the best way to make a difference in rural oral health was to learn research skills at The Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH). He is the leading rural oral health researcher with the APHCRI Centre for Research Excellence in Primary Oral Health Care.

    Dr Crocombe’s background is in dentistry where he has worked for over 35 years in rural and regional areas, both in the private and public sector. He is a past State Dental Coordinator and Regional Dental Officer for the Tasmanian Dental Service. He is an Australian Dental Association Federal Councillor and Chairman of its Dental Workforce Education Committee. He has been at ARCPOH since 2004 where his PhD was into the effect of dental care on quality of life. Over the last three years he has had over 15 publications in peer-reviewed journals, presented at 15 conferences and scientific meetings, and produced numerous reports and other papers.

     

    The relatively short time Dr Crocombe has been in research, he has shown an ability to be a research leader by playing the leading role in a successful Centre of Research Excellence grant application and in coordinating its research program over three Australian States. His expertise and advice is often requested by the Australian Dental Association that represents over 12,000 dentists.

     

     

     

  • Qualifications

    Dr Crocombe received his PhD from the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health at the University of Adelaide, his MBA from Deakin University. Masters of Public Administration from the University of Tasmania, and his dentistry degree (BDSc) from the University of Melbourne. He also holds Graduate Certificates in Dentistry and in Higher Education from the University of Adelaide. He is a fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers, the Academy Dentistry International and the International College of Dentists. He is a registered dentist with Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Authority.

  • Awards & Achievements

    Dr Len Crocombe is a chief investigator with the Centre for Research Excellence in Primary Oral Health Care, a collaboration between the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) and the School of Dentistry at the University of Adelaide; the University Department of Rural Health and the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania at the University of Tasmania, the School of Dentistry at The University of Western Australia and the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University and the South Australian Dental Service. His main research interest is rural oral health, but he is also interested in oral health policy, primary oral health care, access to oral health care, defence force oral health-related quality of life.

  • Publications

    Crocombe LA, Mahoney MD, Waller M, Spencer AJ. Will improving access to dental care improve oral health-related quality of life? Australian Dental Journal. Accepted for publication 31 August 2012. Impact points=1.496.

     

    Crocombe LA, Stewart JF, Brennan DS, Slade GD, Spencer AJ. Is poor access to dental care why people outside capital cities have poor oral health? Australian Dental Journal. Accepted for publication 29 May 2012. Impact points=1.496.

     

    Crocombe LA, Brennan DS, Slade GD. The influence of the volume of dental treatment on change in self-reported oral health. Public Health Dentistry 2012, 72(1): 36-44. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.2011.00281.x

     

    Crocombe LA, Brennan DS, Slade GD. Is self interdental cleaning associated with dental plaque levels, dental calculus, gingivitis and periodontal disease? Journal of Periodontal Research, 47(2):188-97, 2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0765.2011.01420.x. Impact points=2.128.

     

    Crocombe LA, Broadbent JM, Thomson WM, Brennan DS, Poulton, R. Impact of dental visiting trajectory patterns on clinical oral health and oral-health-related quality of life. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 72(1):36-44, 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.2011.0028.x. Impact points=1.342.

     

    Crocombe LA, DS Brennan, GD Slade. The influence of dental attendance on change in oral health-related quality of life. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology. 2011, 40(1): 53-61. DOI: 10.111/j.1600-0528.2011.0063. Impact points=2.328.

     

    Crocombe LA, DS Brennan, GD Slade. The relationship between dental care and perceived oral health impacts. Community Dental Health, 2011, 28(4): 259-264. Impact points=0.512.

     

    Crocombe LA, Broadbent JM, Thomson WM, Brennan DS, Slade GD and Poulton R. Dental visiting trajectory patterns and their antecedents. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 2011, 71:23–310. Impact points=1.342.

     

    Oral Health Promotion Clearinghouse. Oral health messages for the Australian public. Findings of a national consensus workshop. Australian Dental Journal. 2011, 56(3): 331-335. Impact points=1.496.

     

    Crocombe LA, Stewart JF, Barnard PD, Slade GD, Roberts-Thomson KF, Spencer AJ. Oral health outcome trends between people inside and outside capital city areas of Australia. Australian Dental Journal 2010; 55: 280–284. Impact points=1.496.

     

    Crocombe LA, Mejia GC, Koster CR, Slade GD. Comparison of adult oral health in Australia, the USA, Germany and the UK. Australian Dental Journal. 2009, 54 (2), 147-153. Impact points=1.496.

     

    Crocombe LA, Brennan DS, Slade GD. Impact of dental services on quality of life.  Australian Dental Journal, 54(4): ADRF Special Research Supplement 2009, S17-18. Impact points=1.496.

     

    Burgess T, Crocombe LA, Kelly J, Seet P. The effect of cultural background on the academic adjustment of first year dental students. ERGO, 2009, 1(2), 5–14.

     

    Crocombe LA, Slade GD. Data Watch: Decline of the edentulism epidemic in Australia. Australian Dental Journal, 2007, 52(2): 154-8. Impact points=1.496.

  • Professional Interests

    Dr Crocombe’s background is in dentistry where he has worked for over 35 years in rural and regional areas, both in the private and public sector. He is a past State Dental Coordinator and Regional Dental Officer for the Tasmanian Dental Service. He is an Australian Dental Association Federal Councillor and Chairman of its Dental Workforce Education Committee. He has been at ARCPOH since 2004 where his PhD was into the effect of dental care on quality of life. Over the last three years he has had over 15 publications in peer-reviewed journals, presented at 15 conferences and scientific meetings, and produced numerous reports and other papers.

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Entry last updated: Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012