Associate Professor Ajesh George

Associate Professor Ajesh George

Associate Professor,
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Biography

Dr Ajesh George (BDS, MPH, PhD) is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University (WSU) and Honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry at University of Sydney. He is a Dentist with extensive experience in interdisciplinary oral health care and is a leading expert in Australia in providing oral health training to nurses/midwives and translating oral health guidelines into their practice. Dr George is also the Director and Co-founder of the "Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation" (COHORT) which is an innovative partnership between WSU School of Nursing & Midwifery  and South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Oral Health Services bringing together Dentists and non-dental professionals for the first time in Australia- www.cohortaustralia.com. He is also the co-founder and executive member of the Australian Network for Integration of Oral Health (www.niohaustralia.com). Since his PhD Dr George has been initiating and leading multidisciplinary teams in developing and implementing innovative models of oral health involving non-dental professionals care across the lifespan and chronic conditions (maternity, paediatrics, aboriginal health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, intellectual disability and palliative care).  His work has led to the development of Australia’s first midwifery initiated oral health (MIOH) program which has been recognised nationally and internationally. He has also been instrumental in training nurses and midwives to promote oral health by integrating oral health into undergraduate midwifery and nursing courses at Western Sydney University as well as developing nationally recognised oral health professional development training programs. A/Prof George has 42 grants ($5.2M) including NHMRC grants (26 as CIA), 78 publications (32 first authored, 29 last authored), 114 conference presentations (25 international) and a H-index of 19 with 2463 citations. He also currently supervises 8 HDR students (PhD and MRes) most of whom have received scholarships to undertake studies to integrate oral health into general health care.  Dr George has also secured 12 research awards including the 2008 South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Research Showcase Best Poster Award, SWSLHD Quality Awards for 2011/2013/2015/2018/2019, NSW Health Awards Finalist for 2011/2013/2018, 2018 Ingham Publication award, 2013 Ingham Institute Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award and the 2014 UWS Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award as an ECR. A/Prof George also has a significant track record of translating research into policy and practice. The MIOH program has been successfully implemented in various hospitals in NSW/Victoria and included in Victoria’s Oral Health Promotion Strategic Plan and Obstetric Monitoring system. In addition, the MIOH training package is endorsed by Australian College of Midwives as a professional development program nationally, the MIOH oral health promotional resources are being distributed state-wide by NSW Ministry of Health and oral health has been successfully implemented in the nursing and midwifery curriculum at Western Sydney University- another first in Australia. The MIOH program has received attention through media and television including ministerial media releases, newspapers and Channel 10 news.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor George.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • MPH University of Western Sydney
  • BDS Bangalore University

Professional Memberships

  • • NHMRC Research Translation Faculty (2013)
  • • Australasian Society of Public Health Dentistry (2014)

Awards

  • NSW Health Awards Finalist 2011 in two categories: Collaboration-working as a team; Director General 2011-12-31
  • Winner 2015 South Western Sydney Local health District Quality Awards 2015-10-06
  • Ingham Institute Applied Medical Research Early Career Researcher Award 2013-12-17
  • Winner of 2013 South Western Sydney Local Health District Quality Awards 2013-10-14
  • NSW Health Awards Finalist 2013 2013-08-13
  • Winner of 2011 South Western Sydney Local Health District Quality Awards 2011-12-31
  • Best Poster Award, Sydney South West Area Health Service Research Showcase Conference 2008 2008-12-31
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (Industry) Scholarship 2005, University of Western Sydney 2005-12-31
  • Baxter Health Award 2002, South Western Sydney Area Health Service 2002-12-31
  • Awarded distinction in Master of Public Health, University of Western Sydney, 2002 2002-12-31
  • University of Western Sydney, Summer Research Award 2001/2002 Wentworth Area Health Service 2001-12-31

Interests

  • Oral health and Systematic diseases
  • Oral health education for non-dental professionals
  • Translation into practice
  • Aboriginal Oral Health
  • Guideline development in perinatal oral health
  • Maternal and infant oral health

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Nursing and Midwifery

Committees

  • Dental Health Services Victoria
  • Sydney Local health District
  • South Western Sydney Local health District
  • Western Sydney University
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • Ingham Institute Applied Medical Research
  • Ingham Institute Applied Medical Research

Contact

Email: A.George@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 8738 9356
Mobile: 0425816148
Location: Off Campus

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 401011 Research Principles for Nursing and Midwifery, 2012

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Patterson Norrie, T., Villarosa, A., Kong, A., Clark, S., Macdonald, S., Srinivas, R., Anlezark, J. and George, A. (2020), 'Oral health in residential aged care : perceptions of nurses and management staff', Nursing Open, vol 7, no 2 , pp 536 - 546.
  • Poudel, P., Griffiths, R., Wong, V., Arora, A., Flack, J., Khoo, C. and George, A. (2020), 'Perceptions and practices of general practitioners on providing oral health care to people with diabetes : a qualitative study', BMC Family Practice, vol 21, no 1 .
  • Saraswat, N., Everett, B., Pillay, R., Prabhu, N. and George, A. (2020), '[In Press] Knowledge, attitudes and practices of general medical practitioners in developed countries regarding oral cancer : an integrative review', Family Practice, .
  • George, A., Villarosa, A., Ingram, S., Fatema, K., Elliot, K., Grace, R., Kemp, L., Scharkie, S., Anderson, C., Bucknall, N., Wright, D. and Comino, E. (2020), '[In Press] Oral health status, behaviours, food and beverage consumption of Aboriginal children in Australia', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, .
  • Wilson, N., Lin, Z., Villarosa, A. and George, A. (2019), 'Oral health status and reported oral health problems in people with intellectual disability : a literature review', Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, vol 44, no 3 , pp 292 - 304.
  • Dahlen, H., Johnson, M., Hoolsema, J., Patterson Norrie, T., Ajwani, S., Blinkhorn, A., Bhole, S., Ellis, S., Srinivas, R., Yaacoub, A., Milat, A., Skinner, J. and George, A. (2019), 'Process evaluation of the midwifery initiated oral health-dental service program : perceptions of midwives in Greater Western Sydney, Australia', Women and Birth, vol 32, no 2 , pp 159 - 165.
  • Alqudah, M., Cowin, L., George, A. and Johnson, M. (2019), 'Child fever management : a comparative study of Australian parents with limited and functional health literacy', Nursing and Health Sciences, vol 21, no 2 , pp 157 - 163.
  • Sanchez, P., Salamonson, Y., Everett, B. and George, A. (2019), 'Barriers and predictors associated with accessing oral healthcare among patients with cardiovascular disease in Australia', Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, vol 34, no 3 , pp 208 - 214.
  • Ajwani, S., Souza e Sousa, M., Villarosa, A., Bhole, S., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Hoolsema, J., Blinkhorn, A., Srinivas, R., Yaacoub, A., Milat, A., Skinner, J. and George, A. (2019), 'Process evaluation of the midwifery initiated oral health-dental service program : perceptions of dental professionals', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol 30, no 3 , pp 333 - 343.
  • Sanchez, P., Everett, B., Salamonson, Y., Redfern, J., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Bishop, J., Lintern, K., Nolan, S., Rajaratnam, R., Sheehan, M., Skarligos, F., Spencer, L., Srinivas, R. and George, A. (2019), 'The oral health status, behaviours and knowledge of patients with cardiovascular disease in Sydney Australia : a cross-sectional survey', BMC Oral Health, vol 19 .
  • George, A., Villarosa, A., Patterson Norrie, T., Hoolsema, J., Dahlen, H., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Blinkhorn, A., Srinivas, R., Yaacoub, A., Milat, A., Skinner, J. and Johnson, M. (2019), 'Process evaluation of the midwifery initiated oral health-dental service program : perceptions of pregnant women', Australian Dental Journal, vol 64, no 1 , pp 55 - 65.
  • Baker, J., Raman, S., Kohlhoff, J., George, A., Kaplun, C., Dadich, A., Best, C., Arora, A., Zwi, K., Schmied, V. and Eapen, V. (2019), 'Optimising refugee children's health/wellbeing in preparation for primary and secondary school : a qualitative inquiry', BMC Public Health, vol 19, no 1 .
  • George, A., Souza e Sousa, M., Kong, A., Blinkhorn, A., Patterson Norrie, T., Foster, J., Dahlen, H., Ajwani, S. and Johnson, M. (2019), 'Effectiveness of preventive dental programs offered to mothers by non-dental professionals to control early childhood dental caries : a review', BMC Oral Health, vol 19, no 1 .
  • Philip, P., Villarosa, A., Gopinath, A., Elizabeth, C., Norman, G. and George, A. (2019), 'Oral health knowledge, attitude and practices among nurses in a tertiary care hospital in Bangalore, India : a cross-sectional survey', Contemporary Nurse, vol 55, no 2-3 , pp 261 - 274.
  • Kong, A., Ramjan, L., Souza e Sousa, M., Gwynne, K., Goulding, J., Jones, N., Srinivas, R., Rambaldini, B., Moir, R. and George, A. (2019), '[In Press] The oral health of Indigenous pregnant women : a mixed-methods systematic review', Women and Birth, .
  • Ferguson, C., George, A., Villarosa, A., Kong, A., Bhole, S. and Ajwani, S. (2019), '[In Press] Exploring nursing and allied health perspectives of quality oral care after stroke : a qualitative study', European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, .
  • Wilson, N., Lin, Z., Villarosa, A., Lewis, P., Philip, P., Sumar, B. and George, A. (2019), 'Countering the poor oral health of people with intellectual and develoopmental disability : a scoping literature review', BMC Public Health, vol 19, no 1 .
  • Yaacoub, A., Mahony, T., Sapountzis, F., Villarosa, A., Dwyer, C. and George, A. (2019), 'Acceptability of the 'Hall Technique' as a treatment option within public dental health clinics in the Western Sydney Region : Sydney, NSW Australia', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy, vol 7, no 3 , pp 17 - 23.
  • Villarosa, A., Maneze, D., Ramjan, L., Srinivas, R., Camilleri, M. and George, A. (2019), 'The effectiveness of guideline implementation strategies in the dental setting : a systematic review', Implementation Science, vol 14, no 1 .
  • Sanchez, P., Everett, B., Salamonson, Y., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Bishop, J., Lintern, K., Nolan, S., Rajaratnam, R., Redfern, J., Sheehan, M., Skarligos, F., Spencer, L., Srinivas, R. and George, A. (2018), 'Perceptions of cardiac care providers towards oral health promotion in Australia', Collegian, vol 25, no 5 , pp 471 - 478.
  • George, A., Grace, R., Elcombe, E., Villarosa, A., Mack, H., Kemp, L., Ajwani, S., Wright, D., Anderson, C., Bucknall, N. and Comino, E. (2018), 'The oral health behaviours and fluid consumption practices of young urban Aboriginal preschool children in South-western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol 29, no 1 , pp 23 - 30.
  • George, A., Dahlen, H., Blinkhorn, A., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Ellis, S., Yeo, A., Elcombe, E. and Johnson, M. (2018), 'Evaluation of a midwifery initiated oral health-dental service program to improve oral health and birth outcomes for pregnant women : a multi centre randomised controlled trial', International Journal of Nursing Studies, vol 82 , pp 49 - 57.
  • Villarosa, A., Villarosa, A., Salamonson, Y., Ramjan, L., de Souza e Sousa, M., Srinivas, R., Jones, N. and George, A. (2018), 'The role of indigenous health workers in promoting oral health during pregnancy : a scoping review', BMC Public Health, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Villarosa, A., Clark, S., Villarosa, A., Patterson Norrie, T., Macdonald, S., Anlezark, J., Srinivas, R. and George, A. (2018), 'Promoting oral health care among people living in residential aged care facilities : perceptions of care staff', Gerodontology, vol 35, no 3 , pp 177 - 184.
  • Poudel, P., Griffiths, R., Wong, V., Arora, A., Flack, J., Khoo, C. and George, A. (2018), 'Oral health knowledge, attitudes and care practices of people with diabetes : a systematic review', BMC Public Health, vol 18 .
  • Poudel, P., Griffiths, R., Wong, V., Arora, A., Flack, J., Khoo, C. and George, A. (2018), 'Perceptions and practices of diabetes educators in providing oral health care : a qualitative study', The Diabetes Educator, vol 44, no 5 , pp 454 - 464.
  • Villarosa, A., George, D., Ramjan, L., Srinivas, R. and George, A. (2018), 'The role of dental practitioners in addressing overweight and obesity among children : a scoping review of current interventions and strategies', Obesity Research and Clinical Practice, vol 12 , pp 405 - 415.
  • Kemp, L., Grace, R., Comino, E., Jackson Pulver, L., McMahon, C., Harris, E., Harris, M., George, A. and Mack, H. (2018), 'The effectiveness of a sustained nurse home visiting intervention for Aboriginal infants compared with non-Aboriginal infants and with Aboriginal infants receiving usual child health care : a quasi-experimental trial : the Bulundidi Gudaga study', BMC Health Services Research, vol 18, no 1 .
  • Ajwani, S., Jayanti, S., Burkolter, N., Anderson, C., Bhole, S., Itaoui, R. and George, A. (2017), 'Integrated oral health care for stroke patients : a scoping review', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 26, no 7-8 , pp 891 - 901.
  • Sanchez, P., Everett, B., Salamonson, Y., Ajwani, S. and George, A. (2017), 'Oral healthcare and cardiovascular disease : a scoping review of current strategies and implications for nurses', Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, vol 32, no 3 , pp 10 - 20.
  • Duff, M., Dahlen, H., Burns, E., Priddis, H., Schmied, V. and George, A. (2017), 'Designing an oral health module for the Bachelor of Midwifery program at an Australian university', Nurse Education in Practice, vol 23 , pp 76 - 81.
  • George, A., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Dahlen, H., Reath, J., Korda, A., Ng Chok, H., Miranda, C., Villarosa, A. and Johnson, M. (2017), 'Knowledge, attitude and practices of dentists towards oral health care during pregnancy : a cross-sectional survey in New South Wales, Australia', Australian Dental Journal, vol 62, no 3 , pp 301 - 310.
  • Poudel, P., Griffiths, R., Wong, V., Arora, A. and George, A. (2017), 'Knowledge and practices of diabetes care providers in oral health care and their potential role in oral health promotion : a scoping review', Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, vol 130 , pp 266 - 277.
  • Sanchez, P., Everett, B., Salamonson, Y., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Bishop, J., Lintern, K., Nolan, S., Rajaratnam, R., Redfern, J., Sheehan, M., Skarligos, F., Spencer, L., Srinivas, R. and George, A. (2017), 'Oral health and cardiovascular care : perceptions of people with cardiovascular disease', PLoS One, vol 12, no 7 .
  • George, A., Lang, G., Johnson, M., Ridge, A., De Silva, A., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Blinkhorn, A., Dahlen, H., Ellis, S., Yeo, A., Langdon, R., Carpenter, L. and Heilbrunn-Lang, A. (2016), 'The evaluation of an oral health education program for midwives in Australia', Women and Birth, vol 29, no 3 , pp 208 - 213.
  • Veale, M., Ajwani, S., Johnson, M., Nash, L., Patterson, T. and George, A. (2016), 'The early childhood oral health program : a qualitative study of the perceptions of child and family health nurses in South Western Sydney, Australia', BMC Oral Health, vol 16 .
  • George, A., Dahlen, H., Blinkhorn, A., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Ellis, S., Yeo, A., Elcombe, E., Sadozai, A. and Johnson, M. (2016), 'Measuring oral health during pregnancy : sensitivity and specificity of a maternal oral screening (MOS) tool', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 16 .
  • George, A., Dahlen, H., Reath, J., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Korda, A., Ng Chok, H., Miranda, C., Villarosa, A. and Johnson, M. (2016), 'What do antenatal care providers understand and do about oral health care during pregnancy : a cross-sectional survey in New South Wales, Australia', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 16 .
  • George, A., Ajwani, S., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Blinkhorn, A., Bhole, S., Ellis, S. and Zheng, C. (2015), 'Developing and testing of an oral health screening tool for midwives to assess pregnant woman', Health Care for Women International, .
  • Johnson, M., George, A., Dahlen, H., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Blinkhorn, A., Ellis, S. and Yeo, A. (2015), 'The midwifery initiated oral health-dental service protocol : an intervention to improve oral health outcomes for pregnant women', BMC Oral Health, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Heilbrunn-Lang, A., De Silva, A., Lang, G., George, A., Ridge, A., Johnson, M., Bhole, S. and Gilmour, C. (2015), 'Midwives' perspectives of their ability to promote the oral health of pregnant women in Victoria, Australia', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Alqudah, M., Johnson, M., Cowin, L. and George, A. (2014), 'Measuring health literacy in emergency departments', Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, vol 4, no 2 .
  • Alqudah, M., Johnson, M., Cowin, L. and George, A. (2014), 'An innovative fever management education program for parents, caregivers, and emergency nurses', Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal, vol 36, no 1 , pp 52 - 61.
  • George, A., Duff, M., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Blinkhorn, A., Ellis, S., Ajwani, S. and Bhole, S. (2014), 'Piloting of an oral health education programme and knowledge test for midwives', Contemporary Nurse, vol 46, no 2 , pp 180 - 186.
  • George, A., Johnson, M., Blinkhorn, A., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Yeo, A. and Ellis, S. (2013), 'The oral health status, practices and knowledge of pregnant women in south-western Sydney', Australian Dental Journal, vol 58, no 1 , pp 26 - 33.
  • George, A., Johnson, M., Blinkhorn, A., Ajwani, S., Ellis, S. and Bhole, S. (2013), 'Views of pregnant women in South Western Sydney towards dental care and an oral-health program initiated by midwives', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol 24, no 3 , pp 178 - 184.
  • George, A., Johnson, M., Reath, J., Dahlen, H., Bhole, S., Ajwani, S. and Korda, A. (2013), 'Oral health care during pregnancy', Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, vol 21, no 3 , pp 42 - 42.
  • George, A., Shamim, S., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S. and Yeo, A. (2012), 'How do dental and prenatal care practitioners perceive dental care during pregnancy? Current evidence and implications', Birth, vol 39, no 3 , pp 238 - 247.
  • George, A., Johnson, M., Duff, M., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Blinkhorn, A. and Ellis, S. (2012), 'Midwives and oral health care during pregnancy : perceptions of pregnant women in south-western Sydney, Australia', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 21, no 7-8 , pp 1087 - 1096.
  • George, A., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Duff, M., Ajwani, S., Blinkhorn, A., Ellis, S. and Bhole, S. (2012), 'Development of an online education program for midwives in Australia to improve perinatal oral health', The Journal of Perinatal Education, vol 21, no 2 , pp 112 - 122.
  • Johnson, M., George, A. and Tran, D. (2011), 'Analysis of falls incidents : nurse and patient preventive behaviours', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol 17, no 1 , pp 60 - 66.
  • George, A., Johnson, M., Duff, M., Blinkhorn, A., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S. and Ellis, S. (2011), 'Maintaining oral health during pregnancy: Perceptions of midwives in Southwest Sydney', Collegian, vol 18, no 2 , pp 71 - 79.
  • George, A., Shamim, S., Johnson, M., Ajwani, S., Bhole, S., Blinkhorn, A., Ellis, S. and Andrews, K. (2011), 'Periodontal treatment during pregnancy and birth outcomes: a meta-analysis of randomised trials', International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, vol 9, no 2 , pp 122 - 147.
  • George, A., Vickers, M., Wilkes, L. and Barton, B. (2011), 'Financial implications of working full time and caring for a child with a chronic illness', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol 36, no 6 , pp 131 - 140.
  • George, A., Johnson, M., Blinkhorn, A., Ellis, S., Bhole, S. and Ajwani, S. (2010), 'Promoting oral health during pregnancy : current evidence and implications for Australian midwives', Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol 19, no 23-24 , pp 3324 - 3333.
  • George, A., Johnson, M., Dahlen, H., Bhole, S., Blinkhorn, A. and Ellis, S. (2010), 'New role for midwives promoting dental health', Australian Nursing Journal, vol 18, no 1 , pp 37 - 37.
  • O'Baugh, J., Wilkes, L., Sneesby, K. and George, A. (2009), 'Investigation into the communication that takes place between nurses and patients during chemotherapy', Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, vol 27, no 4 , pp 396 - 414.
  • O'Baugh, J., Wilkes, L., Luke, S. and George, A. (2008), 'Positive attitude in cancer: The nurses' perspective', International Journal of Nursing Practice, vol 14, no 2 , pp 109 - 114.
  • George, A., Vickers, M., Wilkes, L. and Barton, B. (2008), 'Working and caring for a child with chronic illness : challenges in maintaining employment', Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, vol 20, no 3 , pp 165 - 176.
  • George, A., Vickers, M., Wilkes, L. and Barton, B. (2008), 'Working and caring for a child with chronic illness : barriers in achieving work-family balance', Journal of Management and Organization, vol 14, no 1 , pp 59 - 72.
  • George, A., Vickers, M., Wilkes, L. and Barton, B. (2006), 'Chronic grief: Experiences of working parents of children with chronic illness', Contemporary Nurse, vol 23, no 2 , pp 228 - 242.
  • O'Baugh, J., Wilkes, L., Luke, S. and George, A. (2003), ''Being positive': perceptions of patients with cancer and their nurses.', Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol 44, no 3 , pp 262 - 270.
  • Wilkes, L., O'Baugh, J., Luke, S. and George, A. (2003), 'Positive attitude in cancer: Patient's perspectives', Oncology Nursing Forum, vol 30, no 3 , pp 412 - 416.

Conference Papers

  • George, A., Vickers, M., Wilkes, L. and Barton, B. (2007), 'Building Resilience in Working Parents of Children with Chronic Illness', 15th Annual International Conference of the Association on Employment Practices and Principles (AEPP), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
  • George, A., Vickers, M., Wilkes, L. and Barton, B. (2006), 'Working and caring for a child with chronic illness: Careerist concerns and stressful choices', 2006 Annual International Conference of the Association of Employment Practices and Principles, New York, USA.
  • George, A., Vickers, M., Wilkes, L. and Barton, B. (2006), 'Working and caring for a child with chronic illness: Workplace concerns', Management: Pragmatism, Philosophy, Priorities : Proceedings of the 20th ANZAM Conference, Rydges Capricorn Resort, Yeppoon, Queensland.

Current research programs

  • Development of a Midwifery Initiated Oral Health (MIOH) program for pregnant women
  • Process and economic evaluation of the MIOH program
  • Impact of the MIOH program on Early Childhood Caries
  • Implementing and evaluating an oral health module for the UWS Bachelor of Midwifery program
  • Development of a Nursing Initiated Perinatal Oral Health (NIPOH) program for Aboriginal families
  • Development of Perinatal oral health (PERIOH) guidelines for Prenatal Care providers and Dentists in Australia.
  • Designing, implementing and evaluating an online early childhood oral health module (ECOH-M) for the Masters of Family Health at Western Sydney University
  • Development of a Cardiovascular Oral Health (CARDIOH) Program for South Western Sydney (PhD student)
  • Developing a Diabetes Oral Health (DIOH)Program for Nurse Educators in a clinical setting (PhD student)
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating a palliative oral health (PALLIOH) program for patients in South-Western Sydney
  • Integrated Dental care after Stroke (IDeaS) Project

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor George.

Current Projects

Title: Capacity building Aboriginal health workers in oral health promotion: A new model of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Ajesh George and Lucie Ramjan
Years: 2018-12-31 - 2020-12-31
ID: P00025135
Title: Development and implementation of the Children's Healthy Eating and Weight Intervention (CHEWI) program for dental therapists in Australia
Funder:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (non ACRG)
Western Researchers: Ajesh George and Amy Villarosa
Years: 2019-01-01 - 2021-12-31
ID: P00025097
Title: Capacity building Aboriginal Health Workers: Improving the oral health of Aboriginal pregnant women and children
Funder:
  • Maridulu Budyari Gumal
Western Researchers: Ajesh George and Lucie Ramjan
Years: 2019-03-01 - 2020-09-14
ID: P00025553
Title: COHORTE_Nepean Blue Mountains LHD
Funder:
  • Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Western Researchers: Ajesh George
Years: 2017-05-22 - 2020-06-22
ID: P00024461
Title: Centre for Oral Health Outcomes & Research Translation (COHORT)
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Ajesh George
Years: 2019-03-01 - 2022-03-01
ID: P00025534
Title: Integrated Dental Care After Stroke (IDeAS): A Qualitative Study
Funder:
  • Sydney Local Health District
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Caleb Ferguson and Ajesh George
Years: 2018-06-28 - 2020-06-30
ID: P00025136
Title: Midwifery Initiated Oral Health Education Program (MIOH) in Victoria - Continuation 2019-2023
Funder:
  • Dental Health Services Victoria
Western Researchers: Ajesh George
Years: 2019-09-23 - 2023-09-22
ID: P00026097

Previous Projects

Title: Development and implementation of the Children's Healthy Eating and Weight Intervention (CHEWI) program for dental therapists in South Western Local Health District
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Ajesh George, Lucie Ramjan and Amy Villarosa
Years: 2018-06-01 - 2019-06-01
ID: P00025002
Title: Reducing dental decay in young children through an antenatal intervention: A prospective cohort study
Funder:
  • The Financial Markets Foundation for Children
Western Researchers: Ajesh George and Hannah Dahlen
Years: 2016-07-20 - 2018-12-31
ID: P00023609
Title: Online Early Childhood Oral Health module (ECOH-M)
Funder:
  • Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Ajesh George
Years: 2016-03-11 - 2019-04-01
ID: P00024276
Title: Developing a Diabetes Oral Health Program (DIOH) for Diabetes Educators in Greater Western Sydney
Funder:
  • Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Ajesh George and Amit Arora
Years: 2017-12-01 - 2018-02-26
ID: P00024612
Title: Midwifery Initiated Oral Health Education Program (MIOH)-VIC
Funder:
  • Dental Health Services Victoria
Western Researchers: Ajesh George
Years: 2016-08-10 - 2019-06-30
ID: P00024218
Title: SWSLHD Improving Oral Health for Aged Care Residents With Disability
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Ajesh George
Years: 2016-05-18 - 2016-11-23
ID: P00024268
Title: Evaluation of the NSW Oral Health Fee for Service Scheme in SWSLHD
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Ajesh George
Years: 2017-05-17 - 2018-06-17
ID: P00024450
Title: Analysing & Evaluating Patient Complaints in SWSLHD Oral Health Services
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Ajesh George
Years: 2016-08-10 - 2016-11-11
ID: P00024463
Title: Starting School Well: Optimising Refugee Children's Health in Preparation of this Key Transition? [no funding to WSU]
Funder:
  • South West Sydney Research
Western Researchers: Ajesh George and Amit Arora
Years: 2017-07-01 - 2018-06-30
ID: P00024090
Title: Development of a perinatal oral health (PERIOH) program for Aboriginal families in South-western Sydney
Funder:
  • NSW Department of Health
Western Researchers: Ajesh George and Maree Johnson
Years: 2011-03-02 - 2014-12-31
ID: P00020043
Title: Piloting of a Midwife Initiated Oral Health-Dental Service (MIOH-DS) to improve the oral health of pregnant women
Funder:
  • NSW Department of Health
Western Researchers: Ajesh George, Maree Johnson and Hannah Dahlen
Years: 2010-09-22 - 2012-06-30
ID: P00019324
Title: MIOH-DS (Midwife Initiated Oral Health-Dental Service)
Funder:
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Ajesh George, Maree Johnson, Hannah Dahlen and Anthony Yeo
Years: 2012-01-01 - 2015-09-30
ID: P00020214
Title: Promoting oral health and access to public dental services for school children in South Western Sydney
Funder:
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District
Western Researchers: Ajesh George and Amy Villarosa
Years: 2018-10-01 - 2019-10-01
ID: P00025289
Title: The effectiveness of fever management education for parents with low health literacy
Funder:
  • Reckitt Benckiser (Australia) Pty Ltd
Western Researchers: Maree Johnson, Ajesh George and Leanne Cowin
Years: 2011-11-15 - 2012-11-14
ID: P00020626
Title: Piloting of a Midwife Initiated Oral Health-Dental Service (MIOH-DS) to improve the oral health of pregnant women
Funder:
  • Australian Dental Association
Western Researchers: Ajesh George, Maree Johnson and Hannah Dahlen
Years: 2010-12-03 - 2012-05-31
ID: P00019322
Title: Developing perinatal oral health guidelines for dentists and prenatal care providers in Australia
Funder:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • NSW Ministry of Health
  • Philips Electronics Australia Ltd
  • Australian Dental Association (NSW Branch) Ltd
Western Researchers: Ajesh George, Maree Johnson, Hannah Dahlen, Jennifer Reath and Andrew Korda
Years: 2013-02-19 - 2014-07-31
ID: P00021176

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