Research Associate Professor Angela Durey (with co-authors A/Prof Dan McAullay, Prof Barry Gibson (Sheffield) and Prof Linda Slack-Smith) has won the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Giddon Award for her paper, Oral health in young Australian Aboriginal children: Qualitative research on parents’ perspectives.
This work was instigated by substantial consultation with colleagues and community, particularly by a conversation with an Aboriginal elder. The paper represents an in-depth effort to understand the perceptions of Aboriginal Australians regarding oral health from the perspective of Aboriginal parents.
There are some significant features of this paper:
- It is genuinely co-authored by an Aboriginal colleague who was one of two Chief Investigators on the original grant.
- Recruiting Aboriginal parents for 52 interviews is a significant achievement
- It represents an international collaboration
It is a paper that should challenge thinking in this area, providing contextual understanding important for policy, interpretation of quantitative findings and clinical practice. The paper calls to question some of the ways we deliver dental services for Aboriginal children and families.
The award will be presented at the IADR meeting in London in July.