Public dental waiting list in Australia: a detailed analysis and discussion of management options

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In Australia eligible people are able to seek subsidised dental care through a network of government dental clinics. The demand for subsidised dental care exceeds the capacity of the public dental system to provide non-emergency dental services, resulting in long waiting lists. Thus, inequality in oral health has a strong socioeconomic dimension, with people reliant on public dental care being less likely to benefit from early detection and preventive dental services. This research provides a detailed analysis of the public dental waiting list, distribution of the eligible population, and offers recommendations on making the system more effective and sustainable.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date21 Mar 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019


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