Mrs Diana Godwin BA, BEc
Telephone: +61 3 6226 7988
Location: Off-Campus, Advocate House
Diana did her undergraduate degrees with the University of Tasmania and has an extensive background in clinical dentistry. She joined the Centre for Rural Health in 2012 as a research associate with the Centre of Research Excellence in Primary Oral Health Care. In 2013 she became a graduate research student, working towards a PhD with her research project investigating the rural work movements of Australian dental practitioners.
Diana’s work has focused on the disparities of oral health outcomes faced by disadvantaged rural populations in Australia. This is thought to be in part due to problems associated with access and a maldistribution of the oral health workforce away from rural areas towards urban population centres. Diana has an extensive background in oral health service provision in both the private and public sectors in Tasmania and Victoria. Her areas of research interest stem from her background in both city and rural areas and this has developed her keen interest in the provision of efficient and sustainable oral health services in Australia.
Current Research Projects
Diana’s current research will investigate the attitudes of Australian dental practitioners towards living and working in rural areas. This research will focus on the motivational factors of work/life choice which influence practice location and length of work placement in both rural and metropolitan areas.