Linda Slack-Smith

Professor, BSc W.Aust., GradDipMedTech MSc Curtin, PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M431), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Professor Linda Slack-Smith is a social epidemiologist using qualitative, quantitative and translation approaches (including policy) in her research. Her work has focused on disparities in oral health, child health, older adult health and Aboriginal health and she is a Professor in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Western Australia. Linda has held international, national, university, government board and community leadership roles in various organisations.

Internationally she is Editor Emerita of the journal Gerodontology which represents 4 major international geriatric dentistry societies, Vice-President of the Geriatric Oral Health Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR), sat on international Council IADR 2014-2017 and was IADR ANZ Division President 2015-2017. She is also Co-Chair of the Melbourne 2021 World Congress of Epidemiology. She leads a Worldwide Universities Network Collaboration in Oral Health and is partner on another collaboration in family and domestic violence. She is an executive and founding member of the Australian based Network for Integrated Oral Health. Linda was also a recent President of the Australasian Epidemiological Association and was Scientific Committee Chair for the Public Health Congress in Hobart in 2015. She was a Lead Applicant on an NHMRC Indigenous Capacity Building Grant ($2.5million) and WA Lead on the APHCRI Centre for Research Excellence in Oral Health ($2.5million), focusing on Aboriginal and older adult oral health. Linda was awarded the national Mentoring Award for the Australasian Epidemiological Association in 2019. With her research collaborators and team she has undertaken a substantial research program investigating social public health issues, oral health issues in disadvantaged groups and Indigenous health. She has been a chief investigator on over $5.7 million dollars of competitive grants. She was co-recipient and senior author of the international Giddon Award for Distinguished Research in the Behavioral Sciences (International Association for Dental Research) awarded in London in 2018 with co-authors: Durey A, McAullay D, Gibson B, Slack-Smith L.


Oral Health and Dental Services
Geriatric Oral Health
Child Health
Social Determinants of Health

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Child oral health
  • Epidemiology
  • Dental care in disadvantaged groups
  • Dental services research
  • Oral cancer
  • Oral health
  • Dental education
  • Qualitative research
  • Smoking
  • Indigenous health
  • Child health/care


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