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Annika Wilson

Annika Wilson

Annika Wilson

PhD Candidate




Annika is a PhD  candidate at the Centre for Rural Health at the University of Tasmania. She  graduated with Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry  from La Trobe University, Victoria in 2016. Since graduating, she has worked  full-time as a clinical dentist in private practice throughout Tasmania caring  for a wide demographic of people and families with a particular interest in  preventive and periodontal dentistry. She later went on to complete a Master of  Public Health from the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 2019 and a  Graduate Certificate in Biostatistics from Macquarie University in 2021. During  this time, she was also provided the opportunity to undertake a Health  Practitioner Research Development Program in 2019 with Dr Ha Hoang and Dr Tony  Barnett. She is currently a member of the Australian Dental Association (ADA),  Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), and the Australasian  Epidemiological Association (AEA).  Annika  is also currently involved as an academic tutor at the Wicking Centre for  CAD104 ‘Principles of Supportive Care for People with Dementia’.


  • MPH
  • GradCert Biostatistics
  • BHScDent/MDent


  • Women’s and maternal health
  • Dentistry
  • Implementation science
  • Health promotion
  • Preventive health care

PhD Research

Project/Thesis Title

Developing an Implementation Strategy to Improve Antenatal Care Providers’ Use of the Clinical Practice Guidelines on Oral Health.

Project Description

During pregnancy, an association between periodontal diseases and risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes has been identified. The role of antenatal care (ANC) providers in promoting oral health during pregnancy has emerged as a beneficial and cost-effective strategy to improving oral health outcomes. Clinical practice guidelines seek to provide guidance and support clinical decision-making in antenatal oral health. However, a profound gap between what is known and what is implemented within clinical practice by ANC providers is evident. Thus, this project focuses on the gap between antenatal oral health guidelines and ANC providers’ clinical practice behaviours.


The primary aim of the project is to generate knowledge and to provide recommendations in bridging this gap to promote oral health to women during pregnancy.

Supervisors Dr Ha Hoang, Dr Heather Bridgman, Dr Silvana Bettiol
Research Advisor Prof Leonard Crocombe


Wilson A, Hoang H, Barnett T. Barriers and enablers to skill-mix in the oral health workforce: A systematic review. Community Dent Health. 2021 Jan 11. doi: 10.1922/CDH_00028-2019Wilson11.