Queensland Health are partnering with The Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), the Commonwealth Department of Health and other State/Territory Health Department Dental Services to conduct the National Study of Adult Oral Health (NSAOH) 2017–2018.
The study will identify the types and sources of dental care received, and the frequency of dental problems in the community. This is the first national study of Australian adults’ oral health to be conducted since 2004-06 and will provide a snapshot of the current level of care to help inform ongoing government dental health policies and programs.
Coordinated by the Office of the Chief Dental Officer in partnership with clinical staff from Hospital and Health Services, 1,500 Queenslanders are expected to be included in the study. Participants have been selected at random and will receive a letter requesting their participation by the end of the year, with clinical examinations to be completed by June 2018.
It is anticipated that nationally / across Australia up to 15,000 people aged 15 years and over will be selected to participate in the study. They will be required to complete a telephone interview or online survey, attend a free dental examination and complete questionnaire.
Dr Mark Brown, Queensland’s Chief Dental Officer said that the contemporary oral health data will enable Queensland to provide better oral health care to patients.
“The information captured will support the delivery of policies and programs in Queensland that are designed to improve and reduce inequalities in the oral health of the community,” he said.