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Dental health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory: findings from the Closing the gap program

Posted on: 11 April, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 2, April 2011 - June 2011
Related to Oral health Infants and young children

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011)
Dental health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory: findings from the Closing the gap program
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents findings from the dental follow-up data collection that was established as part of the Closing the gap in the Northern Territory national partnership agreement between the Australian and Northern Territory governments and includes data on dental services provided to children under the Northern Territory emergency response (NTER). The report reveals that:

  • a total of 9,581 occasions of service were provided to 6,002 children by June 2010
  • 3,224 children received a dental referral during the NTER Child health check initiative
  • almost all children receiving a dental service received a diagnostic service, the most common services include preventative (70%) and restorative (48%) services
  • a large number (83%) of children for whom data exist, had decayed, missing or filled teeth

The report findings indicate the high prevalence of oral health problems among Indigenous children in the Northern Territory and a considerable need for dental services that will continue into the future.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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