Queensland Health is partnering with the Population Oral Health Unit at The University of Queensland (POHUQ) to conduct the Queensland Child Oral Health Study (QCOHS) 2021-24, a state-wide study of children’s dental health.
QCOHS 2021-24 will collect data through parent questionnaires and oral epidemiological examinations. The study will report on changes in the oral health of Queensland children over the last decade since the previous QCOHS 2010-12. Study findings will also provide evidence about regional variations in the prevalence of dental diseases and describe outcomes from children’s dental services. This information will be used to develop policies for improving children’s oral health, including better access to dental care and dental health promotion.
Clinical staff from Hospital and Health Services, coordinated by the Office of the Chief Dental Officer, Clinical Excellence Queensland, will undertake oral examinations for around 5000 primary school aged children from 128 schools across Queensland. Parents of randomly selected children will receive an invitation email from the Department of Education or their child’s school.
QCOHS 2021-24 is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and Clinical Excellence Queensland.
Please visit POHUQ’s website for further details.