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Indigenous Oral Health Unit (IOHU)
The Indigenous Oral Health Unit (IOHU) focuses specifically on the oral health of Indigenous Australians. This organisation is concerned with Indigenous oral health, access to dental care, provision of dental care, and the labour force which produces dental care to this disadvantaged population. They aim to improve oral health and better dental care for all Indigenous Australians through research and advocacy.
IOHU's specific aims are to:
- continue and extend the Indigenous oral health research program (including monitoring and surveillance) and associated research education that is currently undertaken at Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) and in association with colleagues elsewhere in Australia and overseas
- extend and strengthen collaborative relationships with Indigenous oral health researchers in Australia and overseas, bringing distinguished and stimulating visitors to Adelaide and generally through ongoing interaction fostering a synergy that will increase IOHU's scholarly output and enable capacity-building of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff
- attract postgraduate research students of the highest potential, with a particular emphasis on Indigenous students
- increase its national advisory role around Indigenous oral health (for example, in informing the National Advisory Council on Dental Health)
- extend its visibility in relation to advocacy around Indigenous oral health issues, for example, labour force and dental practice guidelines
- maintain, increase and diversify the financial support for IOHU's research, including necessary infrastructure.
IOHU is continuing and expanding on the work carried out by ARCPOH, which is also at the University of Adelaide.
Indigenous Oral Health Unit
122 Frome Street
School of Dentistry
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA 5005
Ph: (08) 8313 4045
Ph: (08) 8313 3290
Fax: (08) 8313 4858