Satur Julie

Professor Julie Satur


A/Prof. Julie Satur
Prof. Julie Satur


Telephone: +61 3 9341 1530


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2003
    Thesis entitled: Australian dental policy reform and the use of dental therapists and hygienists.
  • Master Health Science (Health Promotion and Education) Deakin University 1998
    Thesis entitled; The Waverley Pilot Preschool Dental Program
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Education , Deakin University, 1994
  • Diploma of Applied Science (Dental Therapy) Melbourne 1977


  • Graduated as a dental therapist in Melbourne in 1977, 18 years working for the Victorian School Dental Service as a clinical dental therapist, in management, and the dental health education unit.
  • Community Project Officer 1993-1995(designing and implementing the Waverly Pilot Preschool Dental program)
  • Long history of involvement (1976- present) with the Victorian and Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Associations,
  • Active advocate for public oral health at state and national levels, roles on several committees and associations
  • Spends one day a week working in a private orthodontic practice


  • 1996- Current:  Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne.
  • Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Oral Health
  • Social Sciences Stream co-ordinator, and convener Health Promotion, Community Health Studies, Oral Health therapy research
  • BOH Honours co-ordinator &  BOH Third Year Co-ordinator
  • Curriculum development and teaching in dental therapy and dental hygiene for the Bachelor of Oral Health since 1993.


  • Dental policy
  • Oral health workforce, regulation, policy and practice
  • Oral health promotion and evaluation


  • Parental influences on oral health and weight gain in preschoolers
  • Impact of oral health practitioners on dental practice, and oral health workforce innovation
  • Oral Health promotion for people with mental illness in a community organsiation
  • Promoting the oral health for Horn of Africa migrants using ethnic community radio
  • Building Capacity of Doutta Galla Community Health to integrate Oral Health into the general health care services of the diabetic client
  • Development of an Oral Health Promotion Resource for Victorian Department of Human Services
  • Review of the Evidence for effectiveness of clinically based individual oral health education and promotion
  • Review of the Evidence for effectiveness of school based oral health education and promotion
  • Changing patterns of dental therapy employment and utilization since implementation of the Victorian Dental Practice Act 1999 (2006- 08)
  • Dental Therapy Adult Trials – To examine the capacity for dental therapists to provide oral health care to adult patients
  • Reviewing the evidence for oral health promotion effectiveness : 2000-2011



  • Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy
  • Member National Oral Health Promotion Plan committee 2012
  • Member Health Workforce Australia Professions Advisory Committee
  • Chair, Australia- Pacific Taskforce – Global Child Oral Health Taskforce
    • Member, Global Child Oral Health Taskforce,(2008-2011)
    • Chair Small Grants Subcommittee (2009-2012)
  • Editor in Chief: Australian New Zealand Journal of Dental and Oral Health Therapy
  • Executive Member: College of Oral Health Academics
  • National Oral Health Promotion Clearinghouse-
    • Chair Steering Committee
    • National Oral Health Promotion Messages consensus Workshop- Chair
  • Member, Australian Dental Council Accreditation Team for Accreditation of dentistry and oral health programs
  • Member Dental Health Services Victoria Workforce Advisory Committee
  • Member, Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) Oral Health Promotion Strategic Planning Group
  • Member, Expert Advisory Panel on Water Fluoridation, Victorian Department of Human Services
  • Member, International Dental Graduates Assessment Processes Review Committee for the Commonwealth Dept of Health and Aging.
  • Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association – Member of Council
  • Victorian Dental and Oral Health Therapists Association – Executive member
  • Public Health Association of Australia
    • Oral Health Special Interest Group Executive
  • Australian Health Promotion Association
  • Member, National Advisory Committee on Oral Health 2002-2004
  • Member, Reference Group Victorian Office of the Auditor General: Review of Community Dental Services 2002
  • Member, Dental Practice Board of Victoria2000-2002


  • External consultant to University of Fiji Department of Oral Health regarding the development of a proposal to establish a BOH program Oct 9-17 2010.
  • Consultation- United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), an agency of the U.S. Congress that conducts evaluations and audits of government programs, is conducting a study of how mid-level dental providers (dental therapists, hygienists and oral health therapists)could improve children's access to oral health services. April 2010
  • Consultant representing ADOHTA: Development of Competency Statements for Dental Therapists, Hygienists and Oral Health Therapists by the Australian Dental Council
  • The Review of the Victorian Codes of Practice for Dental Therapy and Hygiene Practice; for the Victorian Dental Therapist Association, Nov 2006 - March 2007;
  • The COAG National Health Registration Scheme, submission and advocacy for ADOHTA
  • Victorian Oral Health Promotion Strategy Development project with Dental Health Services Victoria (2005-6)
  • Dental Therapy Workforce Issues for Victorian Department of Human Services (2004)
  • Oral Health Labourforce Review: for the Victorian Dental Therapist Association, March 2000
  • Victorian Dental Therapists Association Submission to the Review of the Dentists Act. 1998
  • Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Role of the Commonwealth in the Delivery of Dental Services, 1998
  • AHMAC Pilot Dental Auxiliary Project; Development of Competencies, October 1996