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Regional use of the Australian Chronic Disease Dental Scheme


Kraatz, J and Qin, D and Hoang, H and Godwin, D and Crocombe, LA, Regional use of the Australian Chronic Disease Dental Scheme, Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22, (6) pp. 310-315. ISSN 1038-5282 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 National Rural Health Alliance Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1111/ajr.12121


Objective: To determine whether a different number and type of services were provided in Australian regional areas under the Australian Government-funded Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS).

Design: Retrospective analysis of administrative payments data.

Setting: Australia.

Participants: Patients receiving dental services under the Medicare CDDS.

Interventions: The CDDS.

Main outcome measures: Number and type of services.

Method: CDDS service categories Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) regions were collected by the Australian Department of Human Services between 2008 and 2013 and compared by Australian Bureau of Statistics ASGS estimated resident regional 2011 population, and by employed number of dentists, dental specialists and dental prosthetists from the 2011 National Health Workforce Dataset.

Results: Number of services provided was greatest in major cities (79.0%), followed by inner regional (15.4%), outer regional (5.2%) and remote/very remote Australia (0.4%). Number of services per head of population decreased from 1.088 in major cities to 0.16 in remote/very remote areas. Number of services provided per dental practitioner showed minimal variation between major city (1672), inner (1777) and outer regional (1627) areas, but was lower in remote/very remote areas (641). Crown and bridge, periodontic, endodontic and removable prostheses per dental practitioner were most frequently supplied in the major cities, but restorative care and oral surgery were more frequently supplied in inner and outer regional areas.

Conclusion: The number of CDDS services provided declined with regional remoteness. There was a marked difference in the utilisation of the scheme between major cities and remote/very remote areas in both number and type of service levels.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Chronic Disease Dental Scheme, dental health, oral epidemiology, rural health, utilisation of health services
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Kraatz, J (Dr Jennifer Kraatz)
UTAS Author:Qin, D (Dr David Qin)
UTAS Author:Hoang, H (Dr Ha Hoang)
UTAS Author:Godwin, D (Mrs Diana Godwin)
UTAS Author:Crocombe, LA (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)
ID Code:97737
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2015-01-12
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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