Theme 1: Successful aging and oral health: The CRE will undertake two projects. One will assess the long-term success rate of screening questions used by physicians and nurses linked to priority dental care in maintaining general health. The other will investigate better options for oral care in residential aged care.
Theme 2: Rural oral health: The research projects will investigate the attitudes, barriers and enablers of Australian dental practitioners towards living and working in rural areas, assess whether more collaborative, interprofessional systems of care can have a positive impact on the oral health of residents, and identify gaps in Australian policy approaches to oral health in rural and remote areas.
Diana Godwin has completed a systematic review for her topic of rural work movements, has developed a hypothesis for her thesis and has commenced the interview stage for this project. The work ‘DENTAL PRACTITIONER RURAL WORK MOVEMENTS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW’ has been accepted for publication by the international electronic journal of rural and remote health research. (Diana Godwin, Dr. Ha Hoang, A/Prof Len Crocombe, A/Prof Erica Bell)
Additionally, Associate Professor Tony Barnett and Dr Ha Hoang have collaborated with dentist and Master of Medical Science student Jackie Stuart, who has 26 year’s experience in the field. In Queensland, fact gathering has commenced to understand the issues associated with primary oral health care in areas without readily available dental care.
A major focus of the APHCRI Research Centre of Excellence in Primary Oral Health Care will be on primary health care service research in rural and remote Australia. Three projects are planned.
Theme 3: Indigenous oral health: The CRE will undertake two research projects into Indigenous Australian primary oral health care. One will discover why Aboriginal adults who are referred for priority dental care do not take up or complete a course of dental care, while the second will investigate the perceptions and beliefs regarding oral health of Aboriginal adults.
Theme 4: The oral health of people with physical & intellectual disabilities: People with special needs, such as the people with physical and intellectual disabilities, experience substantially higher levels of oral disease, with considerably less access to treatment. This project will consult with stakeholders and develop and test an intervention model for carers of adults with disabilities.
The three month follow-up for the “Community-based Trial: train carers of people with physical and intellectual disabilities has been completed for more than 50% of the 150 participants.