Improving Access To Oral Health Care For Adult Survivors Of Child Sex Abuse

Mon, 22 November 2021, 6pm


A sharing of early stage research from Viv Gordon and Bristol Dental School to improve oral health access for survivors of child sex abuse.

About this event

Viv Gordon Company and Bristol Dental School invite you to come and find out more about our early stage research project to improve access and develop trauma informed oral health care by including child sex abuse survivor perspectives in dental training and practice.

Many CSA survivors face barriers going to the dentists leading to anxiety, fear, avoidance and shame. Dentists lack the knowledge and training to make reasonable adjustments to improve access for survivors.

CSA Survivor Artist Activist Viv Gordon and academics from Bristol Dental School, Patricia Neville and Nilu Ahmed will talk about the first stage of this research funded by the Brigstow Institute Ideas Exchange who support co-produced interdisciplinary and creative research. Viv will perform extracts from her show ORAL before we introduce the core themes of the project, share insights from focus groups with survivors and dentists and talk about our plans going forward. Afterwards we will invite questions and discussion.

Suitable for academics from any discipline, stakeholder organisations/professionals and CSA survivors.

This early stage research is funded through the Ideas Exchange by the Brigstow Institute at the University of Bristol.

This will be an online sharing.

Viv Gordon is the Artistic Director of Viv Gordon Company. She is a theatre maker, survivor activist & arts and mental health campaigner. Her work is a campaign to nurture voice, visibility and community for survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA). Find out more about Viv Gordon Company here.

Dr Nilufar Ahmed is a Psychologist and Lecturer in Social Sciences at the University of Bristol, and a Psychotherapist in private practice. Nilufar’s work is situated in an intersectional framework and her expertise centres on mental health, inequalities, minoritised communities, and wellbeing. She is a passionate believer in coproduction.

Dr Patricia Neville is a sociologist and qualitative researcher who works as a Lecturer in Social Sciences at Bristol Dental School. Her research interests include the sociology of gender, health and equality and diversity issues in dentistry.