Rural dental health care and the workforce challenges

Leonard A Crocombe
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01379
Published online: 15 December 2014

To the Editor: Rural Australians have poorer oral health than metropolitan Australians,1 and this oral health gap is not decreasing.2 Possible reasons for poor oral health among rurally located people are that they tend to be of lower socioeconomic status,3 which is known to be linked with a marked inequality in oral health,4 and that rural people have a different concept of health,5 which may influence their use of health services.

  • Leonard A Crocombe1,2

  • 1 University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS.
  • 2 Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.


The research reported in this letter is a project of the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI), which is supported under the Australian Government's Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development Strategy. The information and opinions contained in it do not necessarily reflect the views or policy of the APHCRI or the Department of Health.

Competing interests:

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