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Transitional opportunities, risks and forecasts: A brief overview of the road ahead in public dental services

Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management
Volume 6 Issue 2 (Dec 2011)

Abstract: Without doubt the recent past has seen a massive change in systems and approaches to healthcare. Dental care in Australia and across the world has followed this wider trend with a significant change over the last three decades. Australians are going to age rapidly whilst keeping their teeth longer, and importantly, expectations of care will be high. Public dental services will face significant challenges over the next decade as community expectations drive political pressure to adapt to the new demographic profile rapidly. This, coupled with very significant changes in workforce expectations, is going to be a real challenge to sustain and continue to improve oral health in the public sector. Services are going to have to find smarter, tailored, adaptive ways to continue to have an active vibrant workforce to meet demand. In this overview the authors will bring together some of the contemporary information and provide some forecasts for the next couple of decades, to provide readers with a view of future trends and influences on public dental health care in Australia.

To cite this article: Kruger, E and Tennant, M. Transitional opportunities, risks and forecasts: A brief overview of the road ahead in public dental services [online]. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, Vol. 6, No. 2, Dec 2011: 45-50. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=405573494610991;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1833-3818. [cited 30 Apr 16].

Personal Author: Kruger, E; Tennant, M; Source: Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, Vol. 6, No. 2, Dec 2011: 45-50 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1833-3818 Subject: Dental public health; Health risk assessment; Dental care; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Associate Professor, Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia, email: ekruger@crroh.uwa.edu.au
(2) Winthrop Professor, Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia

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