Our Research

Population oral health research provides the basis for an important area of public health policy and service provision.

Focus areas

ARCPOH’s research is concerned with promoting oral health and preventing dental disease in the population. Our areas of focus include:

  • monitoring and surveillance of population oral health
  • oral epidemiology
  • access to and provision of dental care
  • Indigenous oral health and investigation of critical research themes such as social inequalities in oral health
  • the oral health of key population groups such as children and the elderly

Research units

Indigenous Oral Health Unit

The Indigenous Oral Health Unit (IOHU) seeks to improve oral health and better dental care for all Indigenous Australians. The unit was launched in 2011 as part of the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) and is one of the most respected in the world.


Dental Statistics and Research Unit

The Dental Statistics and Research Unit (DSRU) aims to improve the oral health of Australians through the collection, analysis and reporting of dental statistics and through research on dental health status, dental practices and use of dental services.


Dental Practice Education and Research Unit

The Dental Practice Education and Research Unit (DPERU) has as its objective to identify and meet the information needs of not only the dental professionals and also the general public while promoting the provision of preventive services.



Our current projects

Learn more about our current research projects.

Current projects

Our past projects

We have a long history in research, providing evidence for public policy and extensive collaborative linkages.

Past projects