Oral Health Project for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

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Chief Investigators
Ben Harris-Roxas , Sharon Parker, Sameera Ansari, Roy Byun (NSW MoH) , Claire Phelan (SESLHD)

Team members
Hairong Yu , Calin Fraser-Bell

Project Rationale

This project will support the SESLHD oral health policy and service directions through an exploratory study investigating the current utilisation patterns of oral health services provided in SESLHD. The study will utilise existing data sets available through the SESLHD Oral Health Service and the Centre for Oral Health Strategy to determine changes to service use related to recent initiatives, patterns of service utilisation and issues of access for a range of high risk population groups.

Project Aims

The aims of this project are to:

-          To describe the current service utilisation patterns of child and adult public oral health services in SESLHD.
-          To describe changes in the profile of children using public oral health services in SESLHD since the introduction of the CDBS.
-          To describe the demographic profile and current utilisation patterns of adults using the St Vincent’s Health Network special needs dental clinic.
-          To describe the perceived gaps in public oral health service coverage in SESLHD.

Project Design and Method

This project is a collaborative process between the CPHCE, SESLHD and the Centre for Oral Health Strategy. The project will utilise a retrospective audit of administrative data to address several research questions relating to the demographic profile of clients, including children and adults who use oral health services in SESLHD, the services and treatments provided to these clients, and changes in the patterns of service utilisation.