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Teeth Talk: Oral Health Literacy Intervention among Port Augusta Aboriginal Adults to Better Improve the Knowledge and Use of Dental Services (Indigenous Oral Health Literacy Project)

 

Overview

The goal of this project was to determine if implementation of a functional, context-specific oral health literacy intervention improves oral health literacy-related outcomes for Indigenous people. The improved oral health literacy would be measured by oral health knowledge, oral health self-care, utilisation of dental services, and oral health-related self-efficacy among Indigenous adults living in Port Augusta, South Australia, and the surrounding area. Participants in the study would receive oral health literacy intervention benefits.

If evaluation of the project shows that an intense, interactive oral health literacy intervention improves oral health literacy-related outcomes, it will show the benefit of having Indigenous Health Workers employed in an oral health promotion/literacy capacity in Indigenous medical centres. Outcomes of the initiative could also be useful for Indigenous medical centres when negotiating with funding bodies such as the South Australian Dental Service in regards to oral health program continuation.

Abstract adapted from the Indigenous Oral Health Unit

Contacts

Indigenous Oral Health Unit
Ground floor
122 Frome Street
Adelaide SA
School of Dentistry
The University of Adelaide
Adelaide SA 5005
Ph: (08) 8313 4045
Ph: (08) 8313 3290
Fax: (08) 8313 4858

Related publications

Ju X, Brennan D, Parker E, Mills H, Kapellas K, Jamieson L (2017)

Efficacy of an oral health literacy intervention among Indigenous Australian adults.

Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology; Early View(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cdoe.12305): 1-14

Parker EJ, Mills H, Spencer AJ, Mejia GC, Roberts-Thomson KF, Jamieson LM (2016)

Oral health impact among rural-dwelling Indigenous adults in South Australia.

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved; 27(1): 207-219

Jones K, Brennan DS, Parker EJ, Mills H, Jamieson L (2016)

Does self-efficacy mediate the effect of oral health literacy on self-rated oral health in an Indigenous population?.

Journal of Public Health Dentistry; Early view(http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jphd.12162):

Parker EJ, Misan G, Chong A, Mills H, Roberts-Thomson K, Horowitz AM, Jamieson LM (2012)

An oral health literacy intervention for Indigenous adults in a rural setting in Australia.

BMC Public Health; 12: 461

Retrieved 20 June 2012 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/461/abstract

Mills H (2011)

Developing an oral health literacy intervention for Aboriginal adults in a regional community.

Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) thesis, University of South Australia: Adelaide

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Last updated: 5 June 2017
 
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