Dr Bola Adebayo’s work in the area of health among refugees and newly-arrived migrants could be seen as a metaphor for the wide-ranging, complex and practical research being done in UWA’s Oral Health Inequalities Group (People and Population Oral health Research) in School of Dentistry.
She graduated as a dentist from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria in 2005. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from Edith Cowan University (ECU) WA. Since arriving in Australia in 2007, she has combined her dental surgery skills with her first-hand experience of being a migrant woman, a combination that has resulted in multicultural community service and public health research addressing the social determinants of health in vulnerable populations.Dr Adebayo has coordinated health promotion projects on safe driver education and healthy eating for newly-arrived refugees and humanitarian migrants. They are things most Australian-born people take for granted, but language and communication difficulties, costs, lack of understanding, perceived and actual discrimination all conspire to create major barriers for new migrants.
In 2014, Dr Adebayo looked at the oral health of people in residential aged care, from the perception of their Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) carers, specifically carers from Africa.