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Dr Lisa Jamieson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, the University of Adelaide. She has been employed by this research centre since 2004, after completing her PhD in dental public health at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
In 2004 she was awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council Training Fellowship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research. The main aim of this fellowship was to provide a dental component in Wave III of the Aboriginal Birth Cohort study, a prospective longitudinal investigation involving 686 Indigenous young adults living in 40 communities in the Northern Territory's Top End. Some 442 participants were dentally examined. The study faced numerous logistical challenges in regard to participant location, with a variety of innovative and non-conventional approaches being employed.
Lisa is also involved in a community-owned oral health promotion initiative based at Pika Wiya Health Services Inc. (an Aboriginal-owned medical centre) in Port Augusta, South Australia. More recently this project has involved issues relating to oral health literacy among Aboriginal groups.
Lisa has always had a strong interest in the oral health of vulnerable populations, particularly Indigenous populations. She has worked as a public health dentist with Indigenous groups in remote Australian communities (Queensland, the Torres Strait and central Australia); as a volunteer dentist in Uganda developing an oral health promotion tool that involved focus group discussions and role plays that aimed to address harmful oral health customs (traditional healers gauging out unerupted deciduous canine teeth in infants aged 10-20 days in a bid to halt malaria symptoms); six months as a volunteer dentist in Bolivia organising oral health promotion and education guides for peasants residing in remote communities; as a researcher and lecturer in Fiji, where she established a volunteer dental fund to service those living in remote Pacific islands; and as a public health dentist in New Zealand working with disadvantaged ethnic minority groups in urban centres, and Moriori groups in the Chatham Islands (first Polynesian settlers of New Zealand who now exist only in this isolated group of islands; located 800km east of New Zealand).
In 2008 Dr Jamieson was awarded a prestigious Career Development Award from the National Health and Medical Research Council. She is a dental advisor to the Aboriginal Health Division of the Government of South Australia Department of Health and is continously involved in media interviews for Indigenous oral-health related issues.