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Definition

Differential rates for use of dental services per 1,000 population

Indicator Summary

Numerator

Total population: Number of persons aged 5 years and over who visited a dentist in the last 12 months

Indigenous population: Number of persons aged 2 years and over who visited a dentist in the last 12 months

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Denominator

Total population: Population aged 5 years or over

Indigenous population: Population aged 2 years or over

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Computation

Specific types of services to be classified into areas of service according to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) Schedule of Dental Services. Visits classified as emergency if for relief of pain, and as general if for problems not involving relief of pain or for a check-up.

Dentate persons classified on the basis of the presence of one or more natural …

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Disaggregation

Nationally, by service type (general, emergency, total) by provider type (public/private), by:

  • remoteness
  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles

State and territory, by service type (general, emergency, total) by provider type (public/private).

Disaggregations within individual jurisdictions are subject to data quality considerations. Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.

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Calculation rules

Computation Rule
Description

Specific types of services to be classified into areas of service according to the Australian Dental Association (ADA) Schedule of Dental Services. Visits classified as emergency if for relief of pain, and as general if for problems not involving relief of pain or for a check-up.

Dentate persons classified on the basis of the presence of one or more natural teeth.

Numerator to be divided into people who visited a dentist for emergency or general treatment.

Service estimates are to be restricted to dentate persons.

Rates directly age-standardised.

Analysis by remoteness and SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) is based on usual residence of person.

Presented per 1,000 population.

95% confidence intervals and relative standard errors calculated for rates.
Numerators

Total population: Number of persons aged 5 years and over who visited a dentist in the last 12 months

Indigenous population: Number of persons aged 2 years and over who visited a dentist in the last 12 months

Denominators

Total population: Population aged 5 years or over

Indigenous population: Population aged 2 years or over

Disaggregation

Nationally, by service type (general, emergency, total) by provider type (public/private), by:

  • remoteness
  • SEIFA Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) quintiles

State and territory, by service type (general, emergency, total) by provider type (public/private).

Disaggregations within individual jurisdictions are subject to data quality considerations. Some disaggregations may result in numbers too small for publication.

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