Dr Fiona Blinkhorn

Program Convenor for Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy, University of Newcastle, NSW
Attended: 
SDL-5 (2011)

Fiona obtained her BDS in 1981 and an MDS in 1986 as a result of research investigating the dental needs of the elderly living at home. She worked in the Public Dental Service and the University of Manchester in England specializing in Paediatric Dentistry and Teaching. She obtained her PhD investigating dental trauma in children in 1994. In 1999 the General Dental Council awarded her the title Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry. She held the posts of Clinical Director of Dental Services, Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning and Director of Primary Health Care Services for a large Area Health Service in the North West of England. She was Founder and Head of the Greater Manchester School for Professions Complementary to Dentistry, a school she established to train Dental Therapists and Hygienists in the UK.

Fiona is currently the Program Convenor for the Graduate Diploma in Dental Therapy at the University of Newcastle, NSW Australia. She has published widely in the areas of public health, paediatric dentistry and health services research. Fiona is currently focusing on improving the oral health of Aboriginal children.