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Maintaining good oral health in older adults can be challenging. Physical and cognitive changes as we age increase our risk of oral disease. This is further complicated by a multitude of barriers to accessing oral assessment and treatment. We will explore these issues using a case-based example, describe a New Zealand research project with an alternative care delivery model and share our perspectives on what matters most in oral health care for older adults.

Learning outcomes

Maintaining good oral health in older adults can be challenging. Physical and cognitive changes as we age increase our risk of oral disease. This is further complicated by a multitude of barriers to accessing oral assessment and treatment. We will explore these issues using a case-based example, describe a New Zealand research project with an alternative care delivery model and share our perspectives on what matters most in oral health care for older adults.

Speakers

Dr Juliet Gray

Juliet graduated BDS from the University of Otago in 1991 and completed her specialist training in London at the Eastman Dental Institute and the University College Hospital. In 2004, she returned to New Zealand as a Special Care Dentistry specialist at Christchurch Hospital Dental Service. She is also a professional advisor for the Dental Council New Zealand. Juliet is always seeking practical solutions and to support people of all ages and backgrounds to achieve and maintain good oral health.

Dr Moira Smith

Moira Smith is a Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director, Health Promotion and Policy Research Unit in the Department of Public Health, University of Otago Wellington, and Associate Member, Sir John Walsh Research Institute, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Otago. Moira currently chairs the NZ Oral Health Clinical Advisory Network. She graduated BDS in 1987 from the University of Otago, and practiced dentistry in New Zealand and the United Kingdom until 2010. In 2010, Moira left private practice to undertake her doctorate in public health and has since undertaken research in a range of areas of public health interest, including oral health of older adults and oral health services.

Sarah Majeed-Gale

Sarah Majeed-Gale is an oral health therapist with a passion for public health. She has worked clinically across both public and private sectors, in aged care research projects and is currently completing a Master of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington.

NZDA Conference 2024 - Team Day

What Matters Most in Oral Health for Older Adults


Speakers:

Dr Juliet Gray

Dr Moira Smith

Sarah Majeed-Gale

Saturday 24th Aug 2024
8:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
188 Oxford Terrace
Christchurch Central City
Region: Canterbury
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