Poor oral health can have a negative impact on various systematic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Unfortunately the majority of the population are unaware of the impact of poor oral health on systemic health and seldom seek dental care. Oral health is also often neglected in general clinical practice and patient care in Australia.

To address this it is now recommended that non -oral health professionals such as nurses, midwives and doctors play a more active role in promoting oral health among their patients. To facilitate this, South Western Sydney Local Health District Oral Health Service and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University have formed the Collaboration for Oral Health Outcomes, Research, Translation & Evaluation (COHORTE) Research Group; a new and innovative collaboration affiliated with and located within the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research.

The COHORTE group is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on population oral health and capacity building and training non-oral health professionals and undergraduate students in providing oral health education, screening and referrals to their patients. The group also works with government bodies/industry partners to change and improve clinical practice and develop evidence-based oral health promotion resources.

Presently, the group has eight research streams: Maternity, Paediatric, Aboriginal Health, Cardiovascular, Drug Health, Aged/Palliative Care, Diabetes and Workforce/Health Service Evaluation. COHORTE also has two PhD students who are currently working with Cardiac Care Nurses and Diabetic Nurse Educators to incorporate oral health guidelines into their practice.

Group Leader and Co-Founder
Dr Ajesh George
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Dr Ravi Srinivas