Title: Short report Demographic analysis of currently registered dentists in Western Australia: Rural urban divide
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Journal: Aust. J. Rural Health 14: 126-128
Publisher: National Rural Health Alliance Inc Location: Nedlands
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Introduction Australia is facing a significant shortage of dental practitioners. As Western Australia (WA) is one of the most sparsely populated landmasses in the world, this shortage will be felt significantly in the rural and remote areas.1 Already the oral health of people living in rural and remote areas of WA is compromised by access difficulties. Earlier research examining hospitalisation of WA children for dental conditions also supports the notion of lack of access to dental care for rural/remote West Australians.2 Similarly, Aboriginal people who mainly reside in rural/remote areas are known to suffer from poorer overall health including oral health.3,4 The link between poor general health and poor oral health has been well documented with links to heart disease and diabetes.5–7 Without improving access to oral health care, the inequality between the rural/remote and urban regions will increase particularly as the population ages. The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of dentists registered in WA, to seek trends that could be used to target initiatives to attract more practitioners to rural/remote areas.

Reference (Biomedical Style):
Smith K, Tennant M. Short report Demographic analysis of currently registered dentists in Western Australia: Rural urban divide. Aust. J. Rural Health. 2006;14:126-128.