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Marc Tennant

W/Prof Marc Tennant

Winthrop Professor
Human Sciences, School of

Contact details
School of Human Sciences
The University of Western Australia (M309)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 409 202 496
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Marc has been a member of The University of Western Australia academic staff since the early 1990’s having had experience in a number of departments across two Faculties. In addition, to his role as a Winthrop Professor he is currently the Director (and Founder) of the International Research Collaborative - Oral Health and Equity (formally the Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health). The Collaborative (for over 15 years old now) is a global leader in driving reform particularly focused on marginalisation and addressing health inequality.

Marc has a lifetime focus on addressing issues of equity and justice through reforming oral health with a strong focus on closing the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Marc and his team are acknowledged as the founding driving force in the sub-discipline of rural, remote and Indigenous oral health with national and international awards for his commitment and innovations in the field. To now, nearly two decades later, see this as a thriving area of innovation in Australia bring the team great joy.
Key research
Marcs team is now recognised globally as the leading oral health R&D group in Western Australia and in 2015 and 2016 Marc was the most published Australian in dentistry. Marc remains in the top half dozen dental academics in Australia for impact (h-factor) with 200+ publications and $15-20million in R&D funding over the last 15-20 years. He and his team hold 8 of the top dozen most cited articles in dentistry in Western Australian history.
Marc and the wider team he works with publishers at about 1 peer review journal article every 10days. Complete lists are available from his personal website.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Marc is a sort-after advisor to governments and institutions across Australia and Internationally and has been at the forefront of structural reform in oral health for nearly two decades.

Currently he is on a number of international bodies including the global working group on quality in dentistry for the World Dental Federation. His innovations have enhanced access and addressed critical issues in dental education, workforce locally, nationally and internationally.

Marc has received many awards acknowledging this lifetime commitment to the reform agenda in oral health; and recently had a café at UWA named in his honour. Marc has lead the development of the Collaborative that is strongly focused on enhancing the leadership base in dentistry globally; influence stretching from the Middle East through the sub-continent to Asia and out into the Pacific ( and has more than 120 Fellows and 50 graduate students and 50-100 other students. This world-class group has been acknowledged by WHO within inclusion in its Global Workforce Reform taskforce and Marc has personally be acknowledged for his efforts by the Malaysian government and is a life-Fellow of the Brocher Foundation (a Genève based equity focused think-tank).
Future research
Marc’s social media influence is substantial his Twitter handle is the most read personal handle in dentistry in Australia and his YouTube channels have reached over a third of a million viewers in 125 countries. Marc has served in many executive leadership roles (Clinical Dean and Head of School roles) in Dental Schools both locally and interstate; managing complex stakeholder interactions, including government, universities and communities. He has led the resurgence of dental education in Australia.

Intertwining a love of data systems/evidence-based decision making with an innovative streak Marc has undertaken lead roles in the start-up of all Australia’s newest Dental Schools, all of which are regionally-based (Gold Coast, Bendigo Orange and Cairns) and continues his lifelong efforts towards reducing social disadvantage and marginalisation.
Industrial relevance
Design, Construct and Operate Dental Schools:
Chief dental consultant to James Cook University
Lead dental consultant to Charles Sturt University
Founding Head of School/Clinical Dean, Griffith University Dental School
Founding Head of School La Trobe University Dental School
Honours and awards
Life Member - Dental Student Society of WA
Life Fellow - Saint Catherine’s College (services to students and society)
Life Fellow - Brocher Foundation (Switzerland)
UWA Guild award for excellence in sustained quality service to University Students
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (by acclimation - on Second in WA history)
Café at the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia named in his Honour
Meritorious service award from the RACDS for services to public dental health innovation
Excellence in service award by the Health Consumers Council of WA for services to WA health consumers
Academic Icon recipient from the University of Malaysia
Short-listed joint finalist for a Premiers award for excellence in education
Fellowship of the Academy of Dentistry International
Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers
Fellowship of the International College of Dentists

Marc has taught across the disciplines of biology, head and neck anatomy, oral histology and local analgesia for more than 25 years. This teaching has been to a wide range of students from recent school leavers through to specialist registrars.

Marc has recently developed two YouTube channels focused on the anatomy of the head and neck. These freely available teaching resources have 350,000 viewers from some 125 countries globally. One of the world's most viewed Anatomy for dental professionals on-line learning resources.

For 60 years, Australia had only five city-based dental schools, however, in the last decade and a half four new dental schools have come into operation. Marc has played key roles in the development of all of these, as foundation leader of the program for the first two and as principle dental consultant for in the later two. Marc has been the driving force in development and implementation of the teaching and learning experiences (ie curriculum) in each of these new schools. They have all received positive outcomes from the professional accreditation body. Marc’s passion to bring these schools about was the critically perilous state dental workforce had got its-self into in the early 2000’s. Today, some decade and a half later we celebrate the success of the developments with Australia, and in particular public dental systems nationally having a steady flow of high-quality graduates.
Current external positions
Adjunct Professor James Cook University
Adjunct Professor Bond University
Adjunct Professor Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Academic Icon: The University of Malaysia
Certified coordinator surveyor – Australian Council on Healthcare Standards
New and noteworthy
Marc writes regularly for as a commentator on dental public health with the tag #TalkingTeeth

Marc is the nations most followed dental academic on twitter and one of UWA's most followed too. @MarcTennant discusses issues of health, society and marginalisation with account impressions each day of over 50,000.
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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