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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Bila Muuji regional oral health promotion program

 

Overview

In western New South Wales (NSW) in 2006, a group of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) identified oral health as a priority need in their regions, considering the lack of regular dental services, poor access to oral health information, and high dental disease rates. A regional oral health promotion program was developed with the assistance of the Greater Western Area Health Service (GWAHS). The program was implemented under the guidance of a regional coordinator who supports local staff in oral health promotion activities such as school-based toothbrushing and the provision of oral health information to targeted groups (e.g. young mothers and carers) and staff of chronic disease programs. The program's strength in its planning and continuity is due to many factors, one of the main being the active involvement of local ACCHO staff in its genesis, planning and implementation. Combined with strong management support, local partnerships and regional coordination, the program continues to provide collaborative approaches to community-based oral health promotion programs.

Abstract adapted from Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Services

Contacts

Suman Kavooru
Bila Muuji Oral Health Promotion Coordinator
University Dental & Oral Health Centre (Dubbo Dental Clinic)
River Street (eastern end)
Dubbo NSW 2830
Ph: (02) 6885 7422
Mobile: 0438 651 429
Email: suman.kavooru@walgettams.com.au

Evaluated publications

Meihubers S (2013)

The Bila Muuji oral health promotion partnership.

NSW Public Health Bulletin; 24(3): 128-130

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Last updated: 13 April 2016
 
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