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Dr Susan Moffat

PositionSenior Lecturer and Convenor Bachelor of Oral Health programme
DepartmentDepartment of Oral Sciences
QualificationsPhD BA (Otago) CertDentTher DPH
Research summaryDental workforce, dental public health, and dental education

Research

Susan Moffat's principal research interests are in the fields of dental public health, dental therapy history, and dental therapy / oral health therapy education and workforce. Dental therapy is an academic discipline which has not (until recently) had a research tradition of its own, having relied traditionally on work undertaken in the disciplines of paediatric dentistry and dental public health. In that respect, Susan has been one of the pioneers in dental therapy research, and her work has laid some of the groundwork for an ongoing research foundation for both the dental therapy and oral health therapy disciplines.

Publications

Carruthers, K. A., Adam, L. A., & Moffat, S. M. (2022). Dental and oral health therapists' perceptions of continuity of patient care. New Zealand Dental Journal, 118(3), 97-103.

Choi, J. J. E., Chen, J., Choi, Y. J., Moffat, S. M., Duncan, W. J., Waddell, J. N., & Jermy, M. (2022). Dental high-speed handpiece and ultrasonic scaler aerosol generation levels and the effect of suction and air supply. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/ice.2022.196

Cooper, P. R., Moffat, S. M., & Thomson, W. M. (2022). Te Kaupeka Pūniho: New Zealand's new dental school. British Dental Journal, 233(2), 154-158. doi: 10.1038/s41415-022-4450-0

Boyd, D. H., Moffat, S. M., Foster Page, L. A., Lacey, J. K., Fuge, K. N., Natarajan, A. K., Misa, T. F., & Thomson, W. M. (2022). Oral health of children in Aotearoa New Zealand: Time for change. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2022.2069826

Paul, N. L., Adam, L. A., & Moffat, S. M. (2022). Dental students' perceptions of the long case. European Journal of Dental Education, 26, 446-452. doi: 10.1111/eje.12719

Nash, D. A., Friedman, J. W., Mathu-Muju, K. R., Robinson, P. G., Satur, J., Moffat, S., Kardos, R., … Fernando, E. (2012). A review of the global literature on dental therapists: In the context of the movement to add dental therapists to the oral health workforce in the United States. Battle Creek, MI: W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 456p.

Authored Book - Research

Kardos, R., Meldrum, A., & Moffat, S. (2010). The University of Otago. In A. K. L. Tsang (Ed.), Oral health therapy programs in Australia and New Zealand: Emergence and development. (pp. 75-97). Varsity Lakes, Australia: Knowledge Books and Software.

Chapter in Book - Research

Satur, J., & Moffat, S. (2010). A history of oral health practice (dental therapy & dental hygiene) in Australia & New Zealand. In A. K. L. Tsang (Ed.), Oral health therapy programs in Australia and New Zealand: Emergence and development. (pp. 1-16). Varsity Lakes, Australia: Knowledge Books and Software.

Chapter in Book - Research

Tsang, A., Moffat, S., Kardos, R., Meldrum, A., & Walsh, L. (2010). Looking to the future: Directions and innovations. In A. K. L. Tsang (Ed.), Oral health therapy programs in Australia and New Zealand: Emergence and development. (pp. 309-317). Varsity Lakes, Australia: Knowledge Books and Software.

Chapter in Book - Other

Boyd, D. H., Moffat, S. M., Foster Page, L. A., Lacey, J. K., Fuge, K. N., Natarajan, A. K., Misa, T. F., & Thomson, W. M. (2022). Oral health of children in Aotearoa New Zealand: Time for change. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2022.2069826

Journal - Research Article

Carruthers, K. A., Adam, L. A., & Moffat, S. M. (2022). Dental and oral health therapists' perceptions of continuity of patient care. New Zealand Dental Journal, 118(3), 97-103.

Journal - Research Article

Choi, J. J. E., Chen, J., Choi, Y. J., Moffat, S. M., Duncan, W. J., Waddell, J. N., & Jermy, M. (2022). Dental high-speed handpiece and ultrasonic scaler aerosol generation levels and the effect of suction and air supply. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1017/ice.2022.196

Journal - Research Article

Paul, N. L., Adam, L. A., & Moffat, S. M. (2022). Dental students' perceptions of the long case. European Journal of Dental Education, 26, 446-452. doi: 10.1111/eje.12719

Journal - Research Article

Carrington, S. D., Treharne, G. J., & Moffat, S. M. (2020). Job satisfaction and career prospects of Oral Health Therapists in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A research update and call for further research in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Dental & Oral Health Therapy, 8(2), 8-13.

Journal - Research Article

Moffat, S. M. (2020). ‘A bold experiment’: The New Zealand School Dental Service and the Colombo Plan. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 50(1), 47-66. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2020.1713182

Journal - Research Article

Olson, H., Beckett, D. M., Adam, L. A., Tawse-Smith, A., & Moffat, S. M. (2019). Self-perceived stressors of Bachelor of Oral Health students and implications for student support. Focus on Health Professional Education, 20(1), 36-49. doi: 10.11157/fohpe.v20i1.313

Journal - Research Article

Smith, L., Adam, L., Moffat, S., Meldrum, A., & Ahmadi, R. (2018). How do educators in one New Zealand undergraduate Bachelor of Oral Health course teach and nurture professionalism? European Journal of Dental Education, 22(2), e212-e220. doi: 10.1111/eje.12274

Journal - Research Article

Foster Page, L. A., Beckett, D., Ahmadi, R., Schwass, D. R., Leon de la Barra, S., Moffat, S. M., Meldrum, A., & Thomson, W. M. (2017). Resin infiltration of caries in primary molars in a community setting: 24-month randomized controlled trial findings. JDR Clinical & Translational Research, 2(3), 287-294. doi: 10.1177/2380084417699400

Journal - Research Article

Moffat, S. M., Foster Page, L. A., & Thomson, W. M. (2017). New Zealand’s School Dental Service over the decades: Its response to social, political, and economic influences, and the effect on oral health inequalities. Frontiers in Public Health, 5, 177. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00177

Journal - Research Article

Moffat, S. M., Meldrum, A. M., Aitken, W. A. E., & Coates, D. E. (2017). The delivery of oral health messages by primary health care nurses. New Zealand Dental Journal, 113(2), 4-9.

Journal - Research Article

Smith, L., Adam, L., Moffat, S., Meldrum, A., & Ahmadi, R. (2017). Undergraduate Bachelor of Oral Health student and educators' understandings of professionalism. New Zealand Dental Journal, 113(1), 4-10.

Journal - Research Article

Tanny, L., Komabayashi, T., Long, D. L., Yahata, Y., Moffat, S. M., & Tãne, H. (2016). The effect of education on oral health students' attitudes in Australia and New Zealand. European Journal of Dentistry, 10(4), 491-495. doi: 10.4103/1305-7456.195178

Journal - Research Article

Nash, D. A., Friedman, J. W., Mathu-Muju, K. R., Robinson, P. G., Satur, J., Moffat, S., Kardos, R., … Fernando, E. (2014). A review of the global literature on dental therapists. Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology, 42(1), 1-10. doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12052

Journal - Research Article

Foster Page, L. A., Kang, I., Anderson, V. R., Thomson, W. M., Meldrum, A. M., & Moffat, S. M. (2013). Changes in Bachelor of Oral Health students' perceptions of their dental education environment. New Zealand Dental Journal, 109(4), 134-140.

Journal - Research Article

Pang, L. C., Anderson, V. R., & Moffat, S. M. (2012). Initial University of Otago oral health graduates' employment pathways and preparedness for work. New Zealand Dental Journal, 108(3), 83-88.

Journal - Research Article

Moffat, S. M., & Coates, D. E. (2011). New Zealand's oral health students: Education and workforce implications. New Zealand Dental Journal, 107(2), 51-56.

Journal - Research Article

Moffat, S., & Coates, D. (2011). Attitudes of New Zealand dentists, dental specialists and dental students towards employing dual-trained Oral Health graduates. British Dental Journal, 211, E16. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2011.870

Journal - Research Article

Coates, D. E., Kardos, T. B., Moffat, S. M., & Kardos, R. L. (2009). Dental therapists and dental hygienists educated for the New Zealand environment. Journal of Dental Education, 73(8), 1001-1008.

Journal - Research Article

Moffat, S. M., Coates, D. E., & Meldrum, A. M. (2009). New Zealand's changing oral health workforce. A dental practitioner's guide to dual-trained dental therapists/dental hygienists. New Zealand Dental Journal, 105(2), 57-61.

Journal - Research Article

Samotoi, A., Moffat, S. M., & Thomson, W. M. (2008). Musculoskeletal symptoms in New Zealand dental therapists: Prevalence and associated disability. New Zealand Dental Journal, 104(2), 49-53.

Journal - Research Article

Moffat, S. M. (2007). Miss Marion Falconer: Pioneer dental nurse. DTA, 14, 12-15.

Journal - Research Article

Samotoi, A., Moffat, S. M., & Thomson, W. M. (2007). Musculoskeletal symptoms in NZ dental therapists 12-month prevalence and associations. DTA, 14, 4-5.

Journal - Research Article

Drummond, B. K., Davidson, L. E., Williams, S. M., Moffat, S. M., & Ayers, K. M. S. (2004). Outcomes two, three and four years after comprehensive care under general anaesthesia. New Zealand Dental Journal, 100(2), 32-37.

Journal - Research Article

Moffat, S. (2001). Low-cost dental care for low-income adults. DTA, 9, 13-15.

Journal - Research Article

Cooper, P. R., Moffat, S. M., & Thomson, W. M. (2022). Te Kaupeka Pūniho: New Zealand's new dental school. British Dental Journal, 233(2), 154-158. doi: 10.1038/s41415-022-4450-0

Journal - Research Other

Moffat, S. M., & Ahmadl, R. M. (2021). Achievements and challenges: Providing 100 years of oral health services for New Zealand children. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Dental & Oral Health Therapy, 9(1), 1, 4-7. [Editorial].

Journal - Research Other

Moffat, S., Carrington, S., & Morgan, M. (2021). Part 1: A brief history of New Zealand's School Dental Service. NZDA News, 204, 25-36.

Journal - Research Other

Moffat, S., Carrington, S., & Morgan, M. (2021). Part 2: The oral health professions in the 21st Century. NZDA News, 204, 37-43.

Journal - Research Other

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