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Adult oral health to be assessed in national study

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Source: University of Adelaide

Thousands of people across New South Wales and Victoria will be encouraged to take part in dental interviews and free dental examinations as part of a $5.8 million national oral health study.

NSW and VIC are the next States to be targeted by the National Study of Adult Oral Health 2017–2018, the first major study of its kind in Australia for more than a decade.

The research will assess the level of oral diseases among Australian adults, and the effectiveness, sustainability and equity of dental service delivery across the country.

In total, 15,000 Australians aged 15 years and over are expected to take part in the study, which is being conducted by the internationally recognised Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) – in the Adelaide Dental School, University of Adelaide – in partnership with national and state departments of health and dental services.

Researchers have recently commenced their work in South Australia and will now move into NSW and VIC, where members of the community will be selected at random to take part in the study.

Chief investigator Professor Marco Peres - who is the Director of ARCPOH and Professor of Population Oral Health at the University of Adelaide - said researchers had been "incredibly happy with the support of the community in South Australia, with a high participation rate and more than 1500 people interviewed for the study so far".

"We expect to see that number spike when participants from New South Wales and Victoria take part in the study over the coming weeks and months," Professor Peres said. 

"It's critical that we understand the changes in dental health among adult Australians, and the quality, prevalence and accessibility of services they receive. We expect that people in New South Wales and Victoria – in both metropolitan and rural areas – will make a major contribution to the findings of our study."

Professor Peres said the study would inform government policy-makers and dental service providers about the delivery of fair and effective dental services for all Australians over the next decade and more.

"Importantly, the results of our study will directly impact on the dental care people receive in the community, which will also affect quality of life," he said.

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For more information, visit the National Study of Adult Oral Health website:
The National Study of Adult Oral Health 2017–2018 is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), in partnership with federal, state and territory health departments and dental services, and with support from the Australian Dental Association, Colgate and Bupa.
 
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Media Contacts:
 
Thursday 13 July only:
Professor Marco Peres, Director, Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), Adelaide Dental School,
The University of Adelaide
Phone: +61 8 8313 5438, Mobile: +61 (0)439 919 320
marco.peres@adelaide.edu.au
 
From Friday 14 July onwards:
Associate Professor Loc Do, Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), Adelaide Dental School,
The University of Adelaide
Phone: +61 8 8313 3964, Mobile: +61 (0)402 840 837
loc.do@adelaide.edu.au
 
Professor David Brennan, Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), Adelaide Dental School,
The University of Adelaide
Phone: +61 8 8313 4046
david.brennan@adelaide.edu.au
 
David Ellis, Media and Communications Officer,
The University of Adelaide
Mobile: +61 (0)421 612 762
david.ellis@adelaide.edu.au