KPI 17: Proportion of children accessing oral health care through a Government funded oral health program
A range of government funded public dental programs have been established in an attempt to redress financial barriers to receiving oral health care, particularly for priority populations.
This indicator measures the total number of children accessing government-funded oral health care, either through state and territory funded public dental services or the Australian Government funded Child Dental Benefits Schedule, as a proportion of the total child population.
Based on the available data, around 1 in 2 (50%) children aged 2–17 years accessed oral health care through a government funded oral health program during 2016–2018. This is a slight increase on the proportion of children accessing oral health care through a government funded oral health program during 2014–2016 at 46%. It should be noted that not all states and territories were able to provide data for the 2016–2018 period so the national estimate should be interpreted with caution.
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