Oral Health and Diabetes Event as iCalendar


16 May 2017

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Function Room 220, Building 730, Tāmaki Innovation Campus

Location: 261 Morrin Road, St Johns, Auckland

Contact info: Ann Dawson

Contact email: a.dawson@auckland.ac.nz

Tōmaiora Seminar

Presenter: Dr Jennifer Reid


Dr Jennifer Reid (Te Rarawa) is a health sociologist awarded a HRC post-doctoral fellowship in 2015, to conduct research in Whangaroa, Te Tai Tokerau, where she currently resides.  Past equity-focused research examined barriers to primary health care for Māori (PhD) and barriers to Māori student success at Canterbury University (MA). Jennifer is interested in racism in NZ society and taught a course on Te Tiriti o Waitangi for 7 years at Canterbury University.


The health system is a critical, yet rarely investigated, determinant of health among the high-deprivation, high- density Māori population in Whangaroa. Exploring complexities impacting on the lives of Māori adults (n=27) with poorly managed T2DM highlighted two areas readily amenable to change.  First, oral health.  The community lacked accessible and affordable oral and dental healthcare, local dentists or fluoridated water. Given the bidirectional relationship between T2DM and periodontitis, the results suggested that oral health should be integrated into Diabetes Annual Reviews, with subsidized specialist referrals for oral health examinations and treatment of periodontitis; as well as denture stomatitis and maintenance.  Second, gestational diabetes (GDM).  GDM is readily identifiable, preventable and treatable, yet sixty per cent of women with diabetes-in-pregnancy (n=10) report diagnosed diabetes in their offspring (primarily female of reproductive age). Our findings point to a transgenerational cycle of GDM, and its impact.  Further we argue that the health sector must intervene to prevent, halt or at least slow the progression of gestational diabetes to T2DM in Māori communities.  This presentation will present findings and recommendations including potential interventions to advance indigenous health gain and achieve health equity.

Map and location of Tāmaki Innovation Campus