Poor oral health can have a negative impact on various systematic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Unfortunately the majority of the population are unaware of the impact of poor oral health on systemic health and seldom seek dental care. Oral health is also often neglected in general clinical practice and patient care in Australia. To address this it is now recommended that non -oral health professionals such as nurses, midwives and doctors play a more active role in promoting oral health among their patients. To facilitate this, South Western Sydney Local Health District Oral Health Service and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University have formed the Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT); a new and innovative research centre affiliated with, and located within, the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.
COHORT is the first research centre of its kind in Australia and focuses on interdisciplinary oral health and capacity building and training non-oral health professionals and undergraduate students in providing oral health education, screening and referrals to their patients. We also work with government bodies/industry partners to change and improve clinical practice and develop evidence-based oral health promotion resources.
COHORT has 11 research streams over which we aim to implement interdisciplinary oral health programs: Maternity, Paediatrics, Aboriginal Health, Cardiovascular Health, Stroke, Obesity, Cancer, Diabetes, Aged & Palliative Care, Mental Health and Disability. If you wish to learn more about our current projects, please click on one of the streams above.
We are located inside the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research:
1 Campbell Street,
Liverpool NSW 2170
Phone and Email
T: (02) 8738 9356
Please send us any enquiries using the form below, and we will be in contact with you as soon as we can.