Child Dental Benefit Policies and the Health of Australian Children (2020–2022)

Abstract:
This project aims to examine the early effects of two recent initiatives by the Australian government to improve children's dental health by providing funds to cover essential dental services for children from disadvantaged families. It explores the factors affecting eligible children's access to benefits from these initiatives and identifies the causal impacts of these changed health care financing arrangements on children's consumption of dental services, indicators of oral health and general health, and other indicators of cognitive and non-cognitive development. Using advanced econometric techniques and panel datasets, this project is expected to contribute to the development of effective policies for promoting health and wellbeing.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Projects
Researchers:
  • Professor - CBEH
    Centre for the Business and Economics of Health
    Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
    Affiliate Professor Level E
    UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
  • Taylor Chair and Centre Director
    Centre for the Business and Economics of Health
    Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
  • Head of School
    School of Dentistry
    Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Funded by:
Australian Research Council