Economics of Preventative Dental Provision in Australia
Business, Economics and Management
Due to funding requirements, students must have Australian or New Zealand Citizenship or Permanent Residency to apply. Any applicants not meeting this requirement will automatically be deemed ineligible for this project.
ABOUT THE INDUSTRY PARTNER
Colgate-Palmolive is a multinational consumer products company, best known for its iconic Colgate toothpaste. Science is at the core of Colgate-Palmolive’s commitment to making safe and effective products that improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Producing quality dental products and providing various outreach dental services are central to Colgate success.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
- Excellent opportunity to collaborate with a leading multinational company
- Conducting a project that could contribute to a new approach in the area of dentistry in Australia
- Opportunity to apply your research and analytical skills within an industry setting
RESEARCH TO BE CONDUCTED
Prevention of oral disease is paramount to good health. Colgate know how to prevent dental decay but still the disease is extremely common. They would like to see more preventive measures being utilised by government programs. In particular, high fluoride products are especially effective, particularly for high risk individuals and communities. The dental profession has an understanding of how to provide preventive care for patients but the economics of introducing this often halts progress.
Review current government policies in relation to the prevention of dental decay and the use of high fluoride products in particular. Compare these policies to other countries where prevention is practised more successfully and identify gaps in Australia’s framework. If a preventive focused government service was to be introduced what would the economic implications be? What are the economic implications of such a change for private practitioners? What is most cost-effective?
SKILLS WISH LIST
If you’re a PhD student and meet some or all the below we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage women, indigenous and disadvantaged candidates to apply:
- Ability to summarise policies and identify gaps
- Ability to work with economic models and suggest cost-effective solutions
- Ability to innovate and suggest solutions
Colgate would ideally be presented with a summary of current policies in Australia for the prevention of dental caries, policies from other countries that could work here, and the economic implications of implementing cost-effective solutions to providing better preventive services for dental caries in public and private health settings.
The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.
It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner. The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.
The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.
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