The cost effectiveness of fluoridating water supplies in new zealand


30-Oct-2020 07:04

Operational issues during the trial indicate the need for effective management systems, including policy and funding responsibility.Reliable manufacturers and suppliers of equipment should be identified and contractual agreements should provide for ongoing technical assistance.The project involved the cooperation of NT government Department of Community Development, Sport and Cultural Affairs (DCDSCA), the Department of Health and Community Services (DHCS), the Power and Water Corporation (PWC), the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC), the University of Adelaide and Menzies School of Health Research.Ethical approval for the project was provided by the Top End Health Research Ethics Committee.The fluoridation plants were operational for about 80% of the trial period.A number of technical features that interfered with plant operation were identified and addressed though redesign.Documentation pertaining to the maintenance and costs of the fluoridation plants was obtained with the permission of Power Water Corporation (PWC) Remote Operations senior managers.Cost figures for the operation of the plants were obtained from PWC records of invoices and accounts paid.

The aim of this paper is to address this gap through reporting on a study of the feasibility and costs of installation and operation of fluoridation units in two remote communities, X and Y, in the Northern Territory (NT) of Australia.

Management systems and the attitudes and capacity of operational staff also impacted on the effective functioning of the plants.



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