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National Healthcare Agreement: P26-Dental services, 2010

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termOutput measure
Short name:Help on this termDental services, 2010
METeOR identifier:Help on this term394906
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 08/06/2011
Description:Help on this termDifferential rates for use of dental services per 1,000 population.
Indicator set:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement (2010) Health, Superseded 08/06/2011
Outcome area:Help on this termPrimary and Community Health Health, Standard 07/07/2010
Quality statement:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement: P26-Dental services (National Dental Telephone Interview Survey), 2010 QS Health, Superseded 04/12/2012

Collection and usage attributes

Population group age from:Help on this term5 years of age and over (2 years and over for Indigenous people)
Computation description:Help on this termThe numerator is to be divided into people who visited a dentist for emergency or general treatment.

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

Service estimates are to be restricted to dentate persons. Dentate persons are classified on the basis of the presence of one or more natural teeth.

Presented per 1,000 population.

Rates are directly age-standardised to the Australian population as at 30 June 2001.
Computation:Help on this term1,000 x (Numerator ÷ Denominator)
Calculated separately for public and private providers.
Numerator:Help on this termNumber of persons who visited a dentist in the last 12 months
Numerator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Persons who visited a dental provider in the last 12 months
Data Source
National Dental Telephone Interview Survey (NDTIS)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Persons who visited a dental provider in the last 12 months
Data Source
ABS 2004-05 National Health Survey (NHS)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Persons who visited a dental provider in the last 12 months
Data Source
ABS 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Denominator:Help on this termPopulation aged 5 years or over
Denominator data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—estimated resident population of Australia
Data Source
ABS Estimated resident population (total population)
Guide for use
Data source type: Census based plus administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—estimated resident population of Australia
Data Source
ABS 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person—estimated resident population of Australia
Data Source
ABS 2004-05 National Health Survey (NHS)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetPerson—age, total years N[NN]
Data Source
ABS Estimated resident population (total population)
Guide for use
Data source type: Census based plus administrative by-product data
Data Element / Data SetPerson—age, total years N[NN]
Data Source
ABS 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Data Element / Data SetPerson—age, total years N[NN]
Data Source
ABS 2004-05 National Health Survey (NHS)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Disaggregation data elements:Help on this term
Data Element / Data SetData Element
Person (address)—Australian postcode
Data Source
National Dental Telephone Interview Survey (NDTIS)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Used for disaggregation by state/territory, remoteness area and SEIFA of residence
Data Element / Data SetPerson—Indigenous status, code N
Data Source
ABS 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Guide for use
Data source type: Survey
Comments:Help on this termSpecified disaggregration: Nationally and by state/territory: by Indigenous status, remoteness area and SEIFA of residence.

Available disaggregation: Nationally and by state/territory: by Indigenous status, remoteness area and SEIFA of residence.

NDTIS 2008 data will be available from 2009.

Most recent data available for 2010 CRC baseline report: Data for NDTIS was collected in 2008, and the next scheduled round of data collection for NDTIS is 2010.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termRate
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termPerson
Format:Help on this termNN[N].N

Indicator conceptual framework

Framework and dimensions:Help on this termAccessibility

Data source attributes

Data sources:Help on this term
Data SourceNational Dental Telephone Interview Survey (NDTIS)
Frequency
Every 2 and a half years
Data custodian

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare



Data SourceABS 2004-05 National Health Survey (NHS)
Frequency
Every 3 years
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Data SourceABS 2004-05 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS)
Frequency
Every 6 years
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Data SourceABS Estimated resident population (total population)
Frequency
Quarterly
Quality statement
ABS Estimated resident population (total population), QS
Data custodian
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Accountability attributes

Reporting requirements:Help on this termNational Healthcare Agreement
Organisation responsible for providing data:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Further data development / collection required:Help on this termSpecification: Interim

The Dental Statistics Research Unit has developed proposals to enhance the information available through the National Dental Telephone Interview Survey (NDTIS), a supplementary Indigenous community survey, and for additional patient surveys that could inform public dental programs.

Future population surveys will be supplemented by a survey of Indigenous communities, conducted concurrently with the NDTIS. 

To ensure better coverage of the population through the NDTIS, desired enhancements would include an increase in the sample of 5–17 year-olds included in the survey, and an extension of the sample age range to include 2–4 year-olds. This information would be supplemented by data from a concurrent Indigenous community survey.

Additional surveys of patients could be used to enhance the estimates from the NDTIS. These could include private and public patients.

Development of a survey using a sample of patients could provide valuable information on public dental programs such as care provided to teens, those with chronic medical conditions, and patients receiving treatment through the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Public sector administrative data on visits and services provided to public patients would provide useful additional detail to supplement the population level data obtained from the NDTIS.
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Remoteness area and SEIFA of residence are based on postcode of residence.

Disaggregation by remoteness area and SEIFA of residence within individual states/territories is subject to data quality considerations.

Disaggregation by Indigenous status for 2010 reporting is to be based on ABS surveys. Data may not be directly comparable to other disaggregations. Indigenous/non-Indigenous disaggregation is not able to be reported by type of visit or provider.

In order to enhance the value of the differential service use data, it would be helpful to analyse service use in relation to estimated need for services. For example, actual and need-adjusted service use rates could be compared across socioeconomic areas, remoteness areas or by Indigenous status. Need could be estimated based on population health survey data about, for example, self-assessed health status and long-term health conditions.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

See also National Healthcare Agreement: P15-Waiting times for public dentistry, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: P16-People deferring recommended treatment due to financial barriers, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: P25-Specialist services claimed through Medicare, 2010 Health, Superseded 08/06/2011

See also National Healthcare Agreement: P26-Dental services (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey), 2010 QS Health, Retired 12/03/2015

Has been superseded by National Healthcare Agreement: PI 26-Dental services, 2011 Health, Superseded 31/10/2011

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