Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery
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 & Evaluation" (COHORTE) 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.cohorte.net.
Since his PhD Dr George has been initiating and leading multidisciplinary teams in developing and implementing innovative models of oral health care in the areas of 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. He has also been instrumental in providing oral health training to nursing and midwifery students at WSU- another first in Australia.
A/Prof George has 29 grants ($2.95M) including NHMRC grants (21 as CIA), 58 publications (32 first authored, 20 last authored), 61 conference presentations (17 international) and a H-index of 14 with 635 citations. He has also secured numerous awards including the 2008 SWSLHD Research Showcase Best Poster Award, SWSLHD Quality Awards for 2011/2013/2015, NSW Health Awards Finalist for 2011/2013, 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 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
- Aboriginal Oral Health
- Guideline development in perinatal oral health
- Maternal and infant oral health
- Translation into practice
- 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 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
- 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
- UWS Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award as an Early Career Researcher 2014
Research and Publications