Oral Health for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders
On this page:
- Indigenous Oral Health Unit - The Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (The University of Adelaide)
- Oral Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children
- Oral Health Pages - Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
- Dental Health of Indigenous Children in the Northern Territory (2011) - Australian Government
- The Measure Up Campaign - Australian Government
- Oral Health and Aboriginal Child Knowledge Transfer Site
- Department of Health - Northern Territory Government
- 'Clean Teeth for Life' DVD
- "Strong Teeth" CDROM
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flip Charts - Queensland Government
Indigenous Oral Health Unit - The Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (The University of Adelaide)
The Indigenous Oral Health Unit is a division of the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health at the University of Adelaide. It was launched in December 2011 and serves as a focal point for all research and information on the oral health of indigenous people and communities.
Oral Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children - Indigenous Oral Health Unit - The Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (The University of Adelaide)
Authors: LM Jamieson, JM Armfield and KF Roberts-Thomson (Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health)
Published by: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2007 ISBN 35: 978 1 74024 618 7
The Oral Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children publication relates to the disadvantages faced by Indigenous Australian's in terms of oral health. This publication provides a summary of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child oral health using information from the Child Dental Health Survey, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Receipt of Hospital Dental Care Investigation and the Study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Oral Health in Remote Communities.
A ‘one-stop info-shop’ for people working, studying or interested in addressing oral health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the HealthInfoNet aims to provide quality information and resources about how to prevent and/or minimise the harm associated with oral health among Indigenous peoples.
HealthInfoNet provides Oral Health Information relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia.
The Dental Health of Indigenous Children in the Northern Territory 2011 publication outlines the progress of the Closing The Gap Child Oral Health program as of December 2011.
The Measure Up Campaign aims to raise appreciation of why people need to change their lifestyles, and includes supporting information on "what to do" and "how to do it.” It has a range of materials aimed at showing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders what they can do to lower their risk of chronic illness. For more information see the Measure Up Campaign, Phase 2 Campaign Brief. This campaign developed into the Swap it, Don't Stop It campaign which has now ceased.
The Oral Health and the Aboriginal Child: Knowledge Transfer Site has resources including:
- Give your child's teeth a healthy start brochure
- Building strong teeth booklet
- Don't rot your baby's teeth poster
- Looking after young mouths booklet
The Clean Teeth for Life DVD focuses on the oral health of Indigenous children and babies. It consists of two educational DVDs (one looping for use in a waiting area and one for use in a computer). The DVD follows a family's visit to a dental therapist and provides information about good oral health and a demonstration on brushing children's and babies' teeth. The resource is useful for schools, health clinics, Aboriginal Health Workers, and community groups.
Strong Teeth is an interactive computer CD encouraging young adults to practice good oral health. The Strong Teeth CD is available in English and two Central Australian Indigenous languages - Arrernte and Warlpiri.
The Strong Teeth interactive CDROM was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and developed by the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health from University of Adelaide and the Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services.
The Strong Teeth interactive CD was a collaborated effort by A/Prof Kaye Roberts-Thomson (ARCPOH), Dr Bruce Simmons (DHCS) and Christopher Brocklebank from isee-ilearn.com multilingual multimedia.
Two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pictorial Flipcharts and other documentation that describe how to look after teeth:
- Building Strong Teeth is aimed at school children and is a resource for teachers, Indigenous Health Workers, and other health professionals.
- Looking After Your Mouths is aimed at parents of babies or young children.