Simple cost analysis of a rural dental training facility in Australia

Lalloo, Ratilal and Massey, Ward (2013) Simple cost analysis of a rural dental training facility in Australia. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 21 3: 158-162. doi:10.1111/ajr.12027

Author Lalloo, Ratilal
Massey, Ward
Title Simple cost analysis of a rural dental training facility in Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Rural Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-5282
Publication date 2013-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ajr.12027
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 158
End page 162
Total pages 5
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction: Student clinical placements away from the university dental school clinics are an integral component of dental training programs. In 2009, the School of Dentistry and Oral Health, Griffith University, commenced a clinical placement in a remote rural community in Australia. This paper presents a simple cost analysis of the project from mid-2008 to mid-2011.
Methods: All expenditures of the project are audited by the Financial and Planning Services unit of the university. The budget was divided into capital and operational costs, and the latter were further subdivided into salary and non-salary costs, and these were further analysed for the various types of expenditures incurred. The value of the treatments provided and income generated is also presented.
Results: Remote rural placements have additional (to the usual university dental clinic) costs in terms of salary incentives, travel, accommodation and subsistence support. However, the benefits of the placement to both the students and the local community might outweigh the additional costs of the placement.
Conclusions and implications: Because of high costs of rural student clinical placements, the financial support of partners, including the local Shire Council, state/territory and Commonwealth governments, is crucial in the establishment and ongoing sustainability of rural dental student clinical placements. 
Keyword Dental
Financial sustainability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Dentistry Publications
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