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Dental Practice Education Research Unit
Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health
Adelaide Dental School

The University of Adelaide

Tel:  +61 8 8313 3291


Oral Health of Indigenous Australians and New Zealanders         

Indigenous Australians comprise nearly 3% of the Australian population while Indigenous New Zealanders represent almost 15% of the New Zealand population. Information on oral health of representative samples of Indigenous Australian and New Zealander populations, both at national and local/regional levels, is sparse. Nonetheless, the available evidence shows that oral health of Indigenous children and adults is overall poorer on all oral health indicators than their non-Indigenous counterparts. This information sheet focuses on the oral health status, in particular dental caries and periodontal disease experience, of Indigenous Australians and New Zealanders while suggesting a few recommendations to improve their oral health.

Multiple copies of Patient Pamphlets are available for ordering.

View documents by clicking the below links.

Information for Dental Practitioners

Information for Patients