Dental service provision in Victorian residential aged care facilities
MS Hopcraft, MS Morgan, JG Satur, FAC Wright
AUSTRALIAN DENTAL JOURNAL | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2008
BACKGROUND: The Australian population is ageing, and a growing proportion of elderly Australians are now living in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). These residents are at high risk of developing dental diseases, have more teeth present now than at any time in the past 50 years and often have difficulty maintaining adequate oral hygiene. Traditionally, dental service provision has been problematic and sporadic for these residents. METHODS: A postal survey of a random sample of Victorian general dentists and Directors of Nursing (DONs) of Victorian RACFs was undertaken in 2006 to ascertain the participation of dentists in the provision of dental care and to identify factors impacting ..View full abstract
The research described in this paper was supported by the Victorian Department of Human Services and the Cooperative Research Centre for Oral Health Sciences (CRC-OHS). The CRC-OHS's activities are funded by the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres program. The authors would like to thank Geoff Adams for providing statistical advice and Clare McNally for her assistance in data collection and entry.