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Inquiry into adult dental services to identify priorities for Commonwealth funding


Crocombe, LA and Barnett, AP and Bell, EJ and Hoang, Ha and Godwin, D, Inquiry into adult dental services to identify priorities for Commonwealth funding, Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing, pp. 1-17. (2013) [Government or Industry Research]


Point 1: Commonwealth funding towards improving access to dental care should include a requirement that where feasible, the water supplies are fluoridated.

Point 2: Excluding the mouth from health planning, including in health promotion, should cease and that further research into the oral health/general health links should be encouraged.

Point 3: Further research needs to be undertaken as a matter of urgency to find in-surgery preventive methods.

Point 4: A multidisciplinary team approach is needed to improve dental care to people with special needs, involving a range of primary health care providers.

Point 5: A rigorous evaluation policy using pre- and post-intervention baseline measures should be employed of the dental practitioner rural retention incentives.

Point 6: An analysis of what would be the best dental workforce for Australia, both in the number, and mix, of dental practitioners should be undertaken.

Point 7: A speciality in rural dentistry with extra training should be established.

Point 8: When the oral health therapist graduate year program commences, the use of dentist/oral health therapist teams in rural areas should be encouraged.

Point 9: Existing rural private dental practices to supply care to health care

Item Details

Item Type:Government or Industry Research
Keywords:quality of life, dental care, health care policy
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Dentistry
Research Field:Dentistry not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Dental health
UTAS Author:Crocombe, LA (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)
UTAS Author:Barnett, AP (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
UTAS Author:Bell, EJ (Associate Professor Erica Bell)
UTAS Author:Hoang, Ha (Dr Ha Hoang)
UTAS Author:Godwin, D (Mrs Diana Godwin)
ID Code:85951
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2013-08-16
Last Modified:2014-03-20

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