About

Senior Lecturer, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, QLD, Australia

Periodontist/Dental Specialist and working as a consultant in regional cities in North, Central and South Queensland. Serving the region. 

Have combined clinical and academic work to serve the people in North, Central and South Queensland and the South Pacific Island countries. 

Am an Advisor on periodontology to Chief Dental Officers in the South Pacific Island countries, specifically in the Kingdom of Tonga and the Solomon Islands. 

My current research interest is in identifying gaps in dental (periodontal) health care systems and building clinical capacity for periodontal disease management in the South Pacific Islands and developing countries in the global tropical belt.

Teaching
  • TM5581: Expedition and Wilderness Medicine (Level 5; TSV)
Interests
Professional
  • Periodontist serving regional north, central and south Queensland
  • Advising Chief Dental Officers in the South Pacific island countries in relation to periodontology
Research
  • Building clinical capacity for periodontal disease management in developing countries
Teaching
  • Post graduate professional development for periodontal disease management in developing countries -Expedition Dentistry, Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, Travel Medicine, JCU
Experience
  • 2021 to present - Reviewer, Pacific Health Dialog (New Zealand)
  • 2021 to present - PhD Ext. Supervisor, CMD, James Cook University (QLD, Australia)
  • 2021 to present - Review Editor, Frontiers in Oral Health (USA)
  • 2018 to present - PhD Scholar, James Cook University (Townsville, QLD, Australia)
  • 2021 to 2022 - President-elect, eOral Health Scientific Group/Network, International Association for Dental Research (IADR, International, USA)
  • 1994 to 1997 - MDS, Otago University (New Zealand)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Fellowships
  • 2019 - Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health
  • 2019 - Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • 2009 - Fellow of the International College of Dentists-FICD
Memberships
  • 2021 - Faculty of Expedition and Wilderness Medicine, ACTM
  • 2021 - Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine
  • 2021 - Faculty of Travel Medicine, ACTM
  • 2021 - Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (ACTM)
  • 2019 - Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • 2015 - Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • 2014 - Member of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the special field stream of Periodontology-MRACDS(Perio)
Other
  • 1981 - Gold Medal in Dental Public Health
Publications

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International College of Dentists - Global Visionary Fund

Building Capacity for Periodontal Disease Management in the Kingdom of Tonga

Indicative Funding
$2,500 over 1 year
Summary
Periodontitis is an inflammation of the bone supporting teeth. It destroys the jawbone and is prevalent globally. Left untreated, it will lead to tooth loss and internal toxicity. It affects heart disease and diabetes. There is a lack of clinical capacity in Tonga to treat this. Local Dentists will be trained to assess, treat, and monitor this disease. The community will be screened, patients with the disease identified and then treated. Patients will be monitored by their dentists. The study findings will be shared with the local dental health administration and published in relevant journals for the global community.
Investigators
Mohammed Shorab, Peter Leggat and Dileep Sharma (College of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Periodontitis; Tonga
Supervision

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Current
  • Comparison of Efficacy of Local and Systemic Antibiotics in Combination with Scaling and Root Planning in Patients with Moderate to Severe Periodontal Disease. A Clinical Study (PhD , External Advisor)

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