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Victorian Child Oral Health Survey

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The 2014 Victorian Child Oral Health Survey (VCOHS) is a state-wide survey of children aged 4-14 throughout Victoria. It is a key initiative under the Government's Healthy Together Victoria Action Plan for Oral Health Promotion 2013-2017. The survey is funded by the Department of Health and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and conducted by the Department of Health and Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) in partnership with the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).

Objectives
  • Determine the prevalence of dental disease in Victorian children.
  • Collect information on the factors contributing to the oral health of Victorian children.
  • Collect information on children who do not access any dental services, as well as those who go to public or private clinics.
Survey Design

Schools were randomly selected and invited to participate in the survey. 153 schools consented to participate

Within each participating school, a number of children were randomly selected and their parents were invited to consent to their child's participation in the survey.

Method

Children had a dental examination by trained DHSV staff at the school. In addition to the dental examination of the child, the child's parents/guardians were asked to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire includes questions about the child's oral hygiene habits, diet, sources of drinking water and residential history.

Timeframe

The survey was conducted throughout 2014.

Results are planned for release in 2015.

For more information, please contact Helen Graesser at helen.graesser@dhsv.org.au

School children at the survey launch in 2014