Contemporary evidence for water fluoridation program - a before-and-after population-based study

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor - Professor Loc

This study, funded by a NHMRC Ideas Grant, will conduct a new population-based study of child oral health in Queensland. The overarching purpose of this research is to provide contemporary high-level scientific evidence of causal relationship between water fluoridation and oral health outcomes to inform policymakers about effectiveness and safety of water fluoridation as a public health policy. This research is the after phase of an already initiated population-based epidemiological before-and-after study, following the before phase, the Queensland Child Oral Health Study (QCOHS) 2010-12. The study will evaluate changes in oral health status, perceptions of oral health and socioeconomic inequalities in oral health outcomes of Qld children in areas that implemented water fluoridation between 2009 and 2011 (New WF) relative to that among children in the negative control of non-fluoridated areas (No WF) and the existing positive control area of long-term fluoridated Townsville (Old WF).

Numerous scopes of PhD research are available. Examples are evaluation of effect of water fluoridation on socioeconomic inequalities in child oral health; changes in child health behaviours in the last decade; change in dental service use in the last decade.

Preferred educational backround

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

A working knowledge of oral health, epidemiological methods, and statistics would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of oral health and epidemiology and the potential for scholastic success.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2023. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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