Dr. Jane Taylor, OAM              
  Class of 2009
University of Newcastle
Doctor of Philosophy (Oral Health)
  Nominated by
Professor Andrew Parfitt, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
University of Newcastle
  Dr Jane Taylor is a world-leading expert in the field of forensic dentistry who has provided significant service in Australia and abroad. Jane played a critical role in identifying victims of the Bali bombing in 2002, the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand in 2004, and the most devastating natural disaster in Australia – the Victorian bushfires of 2009. In recognition of her services, Jane was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2003, an Overseas Humanitarian Service Award in 2007 and an Australian Police Operations Medal in 2009. Jane is currently the Associate Professor of Oral Health at the University of Newcastle, Australia, where she has played a key role in introducing a number of regional and international work integrated learning dental services and clinics to assist students in their career-readiness. These community-based initiatives have included an on-campus Oral Health Clinic and an international dental service to villages in remote areas of West Timor.