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Table 3 Eligibility for public dental care and consent status compared between the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (RDHM) in Melbourne, Victoria and Special Needs Unit (SNU) in Adelaide, South Australia

From: Utilisation of dental services for people with special health care needs in Australia

  RDHM [n (%)] SNU [n (%)]
Eligible 649 (96.1) 1186 (81.1)a
Self-consent 322 (48.4) 1082 (89.9)a
Family member 321 (48.3) 104 (8.6)
Other mPOA 7 (1.1) 1 (0.1)
Section 42 K 15 (2.3) 2 (0.2)
Other 0 (0.0) 14 (1.2)
Total 665 1203
  1. Other mPOA: Other medical power of attorney, Section 42K: Application process for provision of consent by the Office of Public Advocate in the absence of an identifiable medical treatment decision maker
  2. aStatistically significant (p < 0.05)