Estie Kruger

Dr, BChD MChD (Stell) PhD MRACDS(DPH) FICD, Associate Professor, School of Allied Health

  • The University of Western Australia (M315), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Qualifications: BChD MChD (Comm Dent) PhD

I am currently an Associate Professor at the School of Human Sciences, University of Western Australia and Co-Director - International Research Collaborative - Oral Health and Equity. I have an undergraduate degree in dentistry (1988) and a Masters degree in Community Dentistry (1995) from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and a PhD (2016) in Dental Public Health from the University of Western Australia. I have been involved in research supervision as well as teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate students for more than 25 years. I a hold a Fellowship of the International College of Dentists (FICD), and Membership of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the Speciality of Dental Public Health (MRACDS (DPH).

Previous positions:

Research Fellow (UWA), Senior Lecturer (University of Otago, New Zealand).


I am actively involved in research and have published widely. Main research interests include dental epidemiology, digital health, rural and remote dental health, oral health inequalities, oral health policy and strategy, accessibility, dental education and the use of Geographic Information Systems in health service planning and management. I supervise several PhD, Masters, and Honours students.   

Teaching overview:

I have been teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in various Science and Dentistry units. I initiated, developed and am the course coordinator of the Masters of Dental Public and Primary Health course at UWA.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Dental epidemiology
  • Dental public health
  • Health behaviour
  • Oral health in rural and remote communities


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