Dental care


17 Mar 2019

Removing financial barriers to dental care would improve Australians’ oral health. This report suggests how to fill the dental gap in our health system.


13 Mar 2019

If you break a toe, your doctor and local hospital can provide the treatment you need, free of charge. But with dental care excluded from Medicare – what do you do if you break a tooth? Poorly funded and highly restricted public dental care, and...


26 Feb 2019

This report presents information on oral health outreach services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the Northern Territory.

Audio interview

7 Apr 2018

Are you brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes a time? According to a new report, a lot of Australians aren't.


A report card on preventable oral diseases and their risk factors: tracking progress for a healthier Australia by 2025
19 Mar 2018

This report card looks at the oral health of Australian adults in relation to risk factors, oral disease and adverse oral health outcomes. Australia’s Adult Oral Health Tracker will be issued regularly and will track the targets for better oral health in Australia by 2025....

Journal article

15 Mar 2018


Private health insurance plays a key role in financing dental care in Australia. Having private dental insurance has been associated with higher levels of access to dental care, visiting for a check‐up and receiving a favourable pattern of services. Associations with better...


13 Feb 2018

The Australian government has been funding oral health services for Indigenous children in the Northern Territory since 2007. There have been improvements in the oral health of younger service recipients, with the average amount of tooth decay in children aged 1–3 decreasing by 19%


30 Jan 2018

This report presents data at a state and territory level for the first 4 years (2013–14 to 2016–17) of the Public Dental Waiting Times National Minimum Data Set.

Briefing paper

12 Apr 2017

The disease burden of dental caries among children is substantial. Children, particularly those under 10 years of age, experience a high rate of potentially preventable hospitalisations compared with other age groups. This is despite strong evidence that early risk assessment, timely and regular dental care...


14 Mar 2017


This is the second report on oral health services funded by the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Oral Health Program and the Northern Territory Remote Aboriginal Investment Oral Health Program (NTRAI OHP). It covers the period from July 2012 to December...

Journal article

20 Oct 2016


There are persistent concerns about litigation in the dental and medical professions. These concerns arise in a setting where general dentists are more frequently undertaking a wider range of oral surgery procedures, potentially increasing legal risk.


Judicial cases dealing...


13 Sep 2016

This report presents the findings of a cross sectional study of 10,825 children aged 5 to12 years in 2011 and 2012 who presented at Dental Treatment Centres located in non-fluoridated areas of the South West of Western Australia and the Perth metropolitan area where the...

Discussion paper

25 Jul 2016

Oral health is necessary for good quality of life and encompasses more than just having healthy teeth. Without good oral health, everyday functions such as eating, speaking and socialising can be difficult. Sex and gender differences interact to influence oral health risk factors, indicators, conditions...


28 Jan 2016


In 2010, 55% of 6-year-olds had experienced decay in their baby (deciduous) teeth and 48% of 12-year-olds had experienced decay in their permanent teeth. These data do not include data for New South Wales or Victoria.

In 2013, 16% of adults...

Journal article

29 Aug 2015


The aim of the study is to reduce the high prevalence of tooth decay in children in a remote, rural Indigenous community in Australia, by application of a single annual dental preventive intervention. The study seeks to (1) assess the effectiveness of...


1 Feb 2015

Provides an outline of the current research around medical tourism, especially its impact on Australians.

Background Medical tourism is a burgeoning industry in our region. It involves patients traveling outside of their home country for medical treatment.

Objective This article provides...


2 Dec 2014

Presents data on the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Oral Health Program. From July 2012 to December 2013 approximately 3,700 Indigenous children received full-mouth fluoride varnish applications; 2,100 received fissure sealants; and 4,700 were provided with clinical services.

Introduction This report presents...


18 Aug 2014

Highlights key trends in the oral health and dental care of the Australian population using the most recently available data. It is the latest in the Oral health and dental care in Australia: key facts and figures suite of printed publications and web products....


12 Nov 2013

Background: Little is known of the periodontal status of the New Zealand (NZ) adult population, despite the availability of data from three national oral health surveys undertaken in 1976, 1988 and 2009. Although the first two surveys provided an epidemiological overview of the NZ population's...

Briefing paper

27 Jun 2013

Dental diseases are a costly public health issue that disproportionately affect disadvantaged people.1,2 However in Australia, access to oral health care services is determined largely by the ability to pay. In recent years, there has been growing concern about inequities in access to care, with...



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