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Sir John Walsh Research Institute researcher profile

Susan Moffat

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

Research

Susan Moffat's field of research includes dental public health, dental therapy history, and the dental therapy/Oral Health 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 is one of the pioneers in dental therapy research, with her work laying some of the groundwork for an ongoing research foundation for the discipline.

In 2007, the University of Otago introduced a Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) degree. This has led to a new area of research into Oral Health education and workforce, and Susan also has a key role in that.

Publications

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

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

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.

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.

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

Authored Book - Research

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.

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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.

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.

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Chapter in Book - Other

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.

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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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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