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Aboriginal Oral Health Program

The Aboriginal Oral Health Program (AOHP) aims to improve the oral health of Aboriginal people by increasing oral health knowledge in the community and by improving access to dental services.

The program:

  • Provides priority dental care at SA Dental Service Clinics for eligible Aboriginal adults. Most dental care including dentures, is free for eligible clients
  • Aims to increase the number of Aboriginal preschoolers, children and teens visiting the School Dental Service
  • Works in partnership with the Aboriginal community and Aboriginal health services to increase oral health knowledge and to raise awareness of pathways to dental care
  • Has a range of Aboriginal oral health resources
  • Provides Cultural Awareness Training to SA Dental Service staff
  • Supports a range of community health events to promote oral health.

Dental Services for Aboriginal People in SA

Adults

Eligible Aboriginal adults can access priority general and emergency dental care at SA Dental Service Clinics.

To be eligible clients need to:

> be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

> hold a current Centrelink Concession Card

> be aged 18 years and older.

Emergency, denture and general dental care is FREE through the program. Fees may apply for some specialist services. Any payment required will be discussed prior to treatment.

Pregnancy, families and early years

  • In SA, Aboriginal children experience approximately 70% more tooth decay than non-Aboriginal children and they have more teeth with untreated decay.
  • The health of a mother affects the development of a baby during pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women may be more susceptible to dental problems such as gum disease, erosion and tooth decay.
  • Babies are not born with tooth decay. Decay causing bacteria is passed onto children, most often through their careers.
  • Offering pregnant women and new parents tailored support can build healthy resilient children.

Pregnancy pathway

Pregnant women may be more at risk of dental problems such as gum disease, erosion and tooth decay. To be eligible for one course of dental care per pregnancy, women need to be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or pregnant with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child.

Pregnant women 18 years and over will be treated at a Community Dental Clinic (women must hold a current Centrelink Concession Card). Women under the age of 18 will be treated at a School Dental Clinic.

Children

Aboriginal children from birth up until 18 years can access dental care at School Dental Service Clinics. First dental check-ups are recommended at around 12-18 months.

Dental care is FREE for all babies, all children not yet at school and most school children under 18 at School Dental Service Clinics. SA Dental Service participates in the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). A small fee may apply for children who are not eligible for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

SA Dental services locations

For more information on where to find our service locations.

Oral Health Resources

The following resources are available on the SA Health Website www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/sadental or can be ordered from the SA Dental Service Health Promotion Unit

Phone: (08) 7117 0080 or email: Health.SADSAOHP@sa.gov.au

To see some of our AOHP resources please see the resources page

Further information

For more information about the program please contact telephone on (08) 7717 0080 or via email: Health.SADSAOHP@sa.gov.au

To find your local SA Dental Service clinic, go to www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/sadental

 

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