Dr Prabhakar Veginadu

Research Fellow


PhD (Dentistry), La Trobe University, 2023; Master of Dental Surgery, Sri Ramachandra University, 2017; Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Dr NTR University of Health Sciences, 2011

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Associate supervisor


Alice Springs, Northern Territory


Prabhu is a qualified dental professional and an early career researcher whose research interests primarily focus on reducing oral health disparities, particularly among vulnerable and underserved populations. His areas of research are broadly around equity in oral health outcomes, access to health care and health services research, health workforce planning, distribution and retention, and rural and remote health. He has experience in analysing large administrative and linked population health datasets using quantitative and Geographic Information Systems-based analytical methods.

His PhD examined the patterns and determinants of access to dental services by mapping geographic accessibility and supply of dental workforce relative to population’s oral health need and measuring various attributes of service utilisation. 

As a Research Fellow at Menzies, Prabhu is working across projects focused on improving oral health care and primary health care systems in rural and remote Australia.


  1. Christian B, George A, Veginadu P, Villarosa A, Makino Y, Kim WJ, Masood M, Martin R, Harada Y, Mijares-Majini MC. Strategies to integrate oral health into primary care: a systematic review. BMJ Open. 2023 Jul 5;13(7):e070622. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-070622
  2. Veginadu, P., Masood, M., Gussy, M., & Calache, H. (2023). Patterns and predictors of public dental service utilisation among refugees in Victoria, Australia: A latent profile and multilevel analysis. BMC Oral Health 23, 201.https://doi.org/10.1186/s12903-023-02886-3
  3. Veginadu, P., Gussy, M., Calache, H., & Masood, M. (2022) Factors associated with access to dental care among refugees: A systematic review of quantitative studies. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol, 00:1-9. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdoe.12835 
  4. Veginadu, P., Gussy, M., Calache, H., & Masood, M. (2022) Disparities in spatial accessibility to public dental services relative to estimated need for oral health care among refugee populations in Victoria. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol, 00:1-10. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdoe.12792
  5. Veginadu, P., Calache, H., Gussy, M., Pandian, A., & Masood, M. (2022) An overview of methodological approaches in systematic reviews. J Evid Based Med, 15:39-54. https://doi.org/10.1111/jebm.12468
  6. Kenny, A., Dickson-Swift, V., Gussy, M., Kidd, S., Cox, D., Masood, M., Azul, D., Chan, C., Christian, B., Theobold, J., Hodge, B., Knevel, R., McKinstry, C., Couch, D., Hyett, N., Veginadu, P., & Doroud, N. (2020). Oral health interventions for people living with mental disorders: protocol for a realist systematic review. Int J Ment Health Syst 14, 24. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13033-020-00357-8
  7. Veginadu, P., Tavva, SR., Muddada, V., Gorantla, S. (2020). Effect of pharmacological agents on relapse following orthodontic tooth movement:A systematic review of animal studies. Angle Orthod; 90 (4): 598-606. https://doi.org/10.2319/092619-613.1