Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Dr Ajesh George (BDS, MPH, PhD) is a Professor at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Western Sydney University (WSU) and Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry at The University of Sydney and La Trobe University. 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) (opens in a new window) 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 broader health workforce for the first time in Australia. He is also the co-founder and executive member of the Australian Network for Integration of Oral Health (NIOH) (opens in a new window) and the Co-Director of The Australian Centre for Integration of Oral Health (ACIOH).
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.
Prof George has 49 grants ($5.4M) including NHMRC grants (26 as CIA), 103 publications (32 first authored, 29 last authored), 120 conference presentations (25 international) and a H-index of 25 with 2157 citations. He also currently supervises 11 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 14 research awards including the 2008 South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Research Showcase Best Poster Award, SWSLHD Quality Awards for 2011/2013/2015/2018/2019/2020, NSW Health Awards Finalist for 2011/2013/2018, 2018 Ingham Publication award, 2020 Victorian Public Health Awards, 2013 Ingham Institute Early Career Researcher (ECR) Award, 2014 UWS Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award as an ECR and 2020 WSU SoNM Excellence in Research Award.
Prof George also has a significant track record of translating research into policy and practice and his work has been endorsed and recognised by the World Health Organisation. 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.
- 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
- NHMRC Research Translation Faculty (2013)
- Australasian Society of Public Health Dentistry (2014)
- 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
- PhD University of Western Sydney
- MPH University of Western Sydney
- BDS Bangalore University
- 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
Research and Publications