alexa Rural Public Dental Clinic Distribution in Three States of Australia: Using Spatial Analysis to Inform Management and Planning of Services
Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

Journal of Biodiversity & Endangered Species

Author(s): I Perera

Abstract Share this page

Objective: To test the hypothesis: the distribution of rural fixed adult public dental clinics of the states of Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria reflected the population characteristics and burden of oral disease by making use of geo-coding. Design: A cross-sectional study design was used integrating data from open access sources. The longitudes and latitudes of each clinic were obtained through a free access geo-coding website. Population data were obtained from the Australian Census of Population and Housing 2006, divided by collection districts defined by geographic boundaries. Socioeconomic data by the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD) aggregated to census collection districts were also obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. ArcGIS9 software was used to generate individual and overlay maps incorporating all data bases as mentioned before. Setting: The study included data from three states of Australia: Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria. Main outcome measures: We used a normative 200 kilometres radius from a fixed adult public dental clinic as the cut off limit to operationalise the accessibility. Findings: Distinct disparities were evident in access to rural fixed adult public dental clinics in the three states. The Victorian population enjoyed the highest level of access. On the contrary, Western Australians appeared to be the worst affected and Queenslanders were placed in between. The same pattern was emulated in terms of socio-economic gradient in the three states as the greatest proportion of people outside the 200 kilometre radius were those who in the lower half of the IRSD deciles. Conclusions: The distribution of fixed public dental clinics did not reflect the population characteristics and burden of oral disease. The spatial approach provides a useful tool in planning public dental clinics in Australia.

  • To read the full article Visit
  • Subscription
This article was published in Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management and referenced in Journal of Biodiversity & Endangered Species

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri & Aquaculture Journals

Dr. Krish

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9040

Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals

Ronald

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9040

Clinical Journals

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Food & Nutrition Journals

Katie Wilson

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science

Andrea Jason

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics & Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Materials Science Journals

Rachle Green

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Nursing & Health Care Journals

Stephanie Skinner

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

Ann Jose

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

 
© 2008- 2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
adwords