Ratilal Lalloo developed the research concept, searched the literature, sourced the data and prepared the manuscript.
Simple cost analysis of a rural dental training facility in Australia
Article first published online: 19 JUN 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Australian Journal of Rural Health © National Rural Health Alliance Inc.
Australian Journal of Rural Health
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 158–162, June 2013
How to Cite
Lalloo, R. and Massey, W. (2013), Simple cost analysis of a rural dental training facility in Australia. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 21: 158–162. doi: 10.1111/ajr.12027
Ward Massey contributed to the preparation of the manuscript.
- Issue published online: 19 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 19 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 MAR 2013
- Commonwealth Grant for Dental Training – Expanding Rural Placements Program (DTERP)
- Rio Tinto Aboriginal Fund
- financial sustainability;
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.
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.
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.