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8570.0 - Health Care Services, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
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DENTAL SERVICES

There were 12,199 dental locations in Australia at the end of June 2010. Of this number, 9,720 or just under 80% were located in capital cities and suburbs. Capital city and suburban locations employed or contracted 25,051 registered medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care services, of whom just under 65% were female, and 73.3% of total registered medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care services in capital cities and suburbs were aged less than 46 years, which is a direct contrast to the gender and age profile of general medical and specialist practitioners in capital city and suburban locations.

Total income and total expenses for dental locations in capital cities and suburbs were $5.4b and $4.3b respectively and accounted for just over 80% of the total for Australia.

Medical and health practitioners working in dental businesses in capital city and suburban locations had 667,200 patient contacts (80.2% of the Australian total) in an average working week. The proportion of female patients (54.4%) was slightly higher than male patients.

Just under 20% of total dental locations in Australia were in rural areas, while remote locations accounted for less than 1% of the total. Rural locations employed or contracted 5,566 registered medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care services, of whom just under 60% were female. Remote locations employed or contracted just 53 registered medical/health practitioners and other staff providing health care services, well under 1% of the Australian total.

Total income and total expenses for dental locations in rural areas were $1.2b and $1b respectively and accounted for around 18.5% of the total for Australia. Remote areas accounted for $13.2m and $6.2m respectively, which was less than 1% of total income and total expenses for Australia.

Medical and health practitioners working in dental businesses in rural locations had 163,300 patient contacts in an average working week (19.6% of the Australian total), of whom just over 50% were female. Medical and health practitioners in remote locations had 1,200 patient contacts in an average working week, which accounted for less than 1% of the Australian total.





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