Research excellence

Research papers and publications


The research staff at Dental Health Services Victoria have contributed to a number of papers and publications on the subject of oral health. A selection of our peer-reviewed publications are listed below.


Tonmukayakul U, Sia KL, Gold L, Hegde S, de Silva A, Moodie M.  Economic models of preventive dentistry for Australian children and adolescents: A systematic review.  Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry Journal (accepted 26/8/2014).

Christian B, Young D, Gibbs L, de Silva A, Gold L, Riggs E, Calache H, Tadic M, Hall M, Moore L, Waters E. Exploring child dental service use among migrant families in Metropolitan Melbourne. Australian Dental Journal (accepted 6/8/2014).

Gibbs L, Waters E, de Silva A, Riggs E, Moore L, Armit C, Johnson B, Morris M, Calache H, Gussy M, Young D, Tadic M, Christian B, Gondal I, Watt R, Pradel V, Truong M, Gold L. An exploratory trial implementing a community based child oral health promotion intervention for Australian families from refugee and migrant backgrounds: A protocol paper for Teeth Tales. BMJ Open 2014; Mar 12;4(3):e004260. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004260.

Hoare A, Virgo-Milton M, Boak R, Gold L, Waters E, Gussy M, Calache H, Smith M, de Silva AM. A qualitative study of the factors that influence mothers when choosing drinks for their young children. BMC Research Notes 2014; Jul 5;7:430.

Martin JM, O'Halloran KA, Butcher JA, Hopcraft MS, Arnold-Smith TA, Calache H. Evaluation of a capacity building clinical educational model for oral health clinicians treating very young children. Community Dental Health 2014; 31(3):176-82.

Mariño R, Calache H, Whelan M. Socio-demographic profile of children and adolescents users of oral health services in Victoria, Australia. Cadernos de Saude Publica 2014; 30(9):1903-11.



Calache H, Hopcraft M, Martin JM. Minimum intervention dentistry - a new horizon in public oral health care. Australian Dental Journal 2013;58 (1 Suppl):17-25.

Mariño R, Calache H, Morgan M. A community-based culturally competent oral health promotion for migrant older adults living in Melbourne, Australia. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2013;61(2):270-5.

Martin JM, Arnold-Smith T, Butcher JA, Hopcraft MS, Calache H. Evaluation of a pilot program for increasing clinicians' knowledge and confidence in treating children with disabilities. Journal of Disability and Oral Health 2013;14(2):43-51.

Mariño R, Calache H, Whelan M. Dental status and Socio-demographic profile of adults users of public oral health care services in Victoria. Journal of Theory and Practice of Dental Public Health. 2013;1;16-23.


Leong, P, Gussy, M, Barrow, SL, de Silva-Sanigorski, A, Waters, E. A systematic review of risk factors during first year of life for early childhood caries.  International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry 2012; Aug 28. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-263X.2012.01260.x)

De Silva-Sanigorski A, Prosser L, Hedge S, Gussy MG, Calache H, Boak R, Nasser M, Carpenter L, Barrow S. Community-based, population level interventions for promoting child oral health. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Issue 5 2012 . Art. No.: CD009837. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.

De Silva-Sanigorski A, Ashbolt R, Green J, Calache H, Keith B, Riggs E, Waters E. Parental self-efficacy and oral health-related knowledge are associated with parent and child oral health behaviors and self-reported oral health status. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 2012;Nov doi: 10.1111/cdoe.12019.

Messer LB, Calache H. Oral health attitudes and behaviours of final-year dental students. European Journal of Dental Education 2012;16(3):144-55.

Calache H, Hopcraft M. Provision of oral health care to adult patients by dental therapists without the prescription of a dentist. Journal Public Health Dentistry 2012; 72(1):19-27.


Calache H, Hopcraft M. Evaluation of a pilot bridging program to enable dental therapists to treat adult patients. Journal of Dental Education 2011;75(9):1208-17.

De Silva-Sanigorski AM, Waters E, Calache H, Smith M, Gold L, Gussy M, Scott A, Lacy K, Virgo-Milton M. Splash!: a prospective birth cohort study of the impact of environmental, social and family-level influences on child oral health and obesity related risk factors and outcomes. BMC Public Health 2011;11:505.


De Silva-Sanigorski AM, Calache H, Gussy M, Dashper S, Gibson J, Waters E. The VicGeneration study – A birth cohort to examine the environmental, behaviour and biological predictors of early childhood caries: background, aims and methods. BMC Public Health 2010;10:97.

Satur J, Morgan M, Gussy M, Calache H, Wright C. Review of the evidence for oral health promotion effectiveness. Health Education Journal 2010;69(3):257-66.


Calache H, Shaw J, Groves V, Mariño R, Morgan M, Gussy M, Satur J, Hopcraft M. The capacity of dental therapists to provide direct restorative care to adults. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2009;33(5):424-9.

Tham RC, Cassell E, Calache H. Traumatic orodental injuries and the development of an orodental injury surveillance system: a pilot study in Victoria, Australia. Dental Traumatology 2009;25(1):103–9.