Developing a cardiovascular oral health program within a cardiac rehabilitation setting


  • Paula Sanchez
  • Ajesh George
  • Bronwyn Everett
  • Yenna Salamonson
  • Julie Redfern
  • Lissa Spencer


  • Rohan Rajaratnam
  • Ravi Srinivas
  • Shilpi Ajwani
  • Jed Montayre
  • Caleb Ferguson
  • Sameer Bhole


SWSLHD: South Western Sydney Local Health District
SLHD: Sydney Local Health District
The George Institute for Global Health


COHS NSW: Centre for Oral Health Strategy NSW
SDH: Sydney Dental Hospital
USYD: The University of Sydney

Project Overview

Poor oral health can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease yet there is limited focus on this during cardiac care in Australia. This project aims to develop an oral health model where cardiac clinicians can promote oral health.

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this project is to develop an oral health model of care where cardiac clinicians are capacity built to promote oral health among clients. The five phases of this project include:

  1. Conducting literature reviews to map the existing evidence in this area
  2. Explore the perceptions of people who have cardiovascular conditions and clinicians towards oral health care
  3. Understand the oral health status, behaviours and knowledge of cardiovascular patients
  4. To develop and test a cardiovascular oral health screening tool for cardiac care clinicians to screen and facilitate dental referrals among people with CVD in Australia
  5. To investigate the oral health related Quality of Life [OHRQoL] of people with cardiovascular conditions

Research Output

To see the various outputs from the program, please navigate to the pages below:

Publications Presentations Awards Training resources Oral health promotion resources

Alignment with ACIOH’s themes

Workforce reoriented:


This project aims to capacity build cardiac clinicians in oral health

People-centred strategies:


This project aims to understand the oral health perspectives, knowledge and practices of people with cardiovascular conditions