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Winthrop Professor Marc Tennant is Director and Founder of the International Research Collaborative, Oral Health and Equity (IRCOHE.net), and formally the Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health at The University of Western Australia. The IRCOHE.net has some 100 Fellows across the world organised into 10 global hubs. Coupled with some 40 graduate students each year, the team addresses issues of poverty, health service reform and marginalisation globally with a particular focus on oral health.
Marc previously held the roles of Inaugural Head of Dentistry at Griffith University and Founding Head of Department at Latrobe University, where he led the start-up of the second of these new dental programs. He was also Principal Dental Consultant to Charles Sturt University where he supported the development of a new regional-based dental school in New South Wales as well as at James Cook University in Queensland. He has been a leader in the development of all of Australia’s new dental schools.
In 2010, Marc was an Inaugural Dental Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Executives and in 2015 he was made a full fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons for services to dental reform and education. He has had a building named in his honour at the University of Western Australia for services to dental education and service reform and is an Adjunct Professor and Fellow of numerous universities/think-tanks across the world.
Marc’s contributions to improving the oral health of marginalised groups has not gone unnoticed. He has received multiple honours and awards, including: