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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Deadly teeth



The Deadly teeth project is a partnership between Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation and the Health Promotion Unit at Portland District Health. It iaims to address oral health as a 'holistic concept' focusing on oral hygiene, nutritional intake, oral health literacy and access to dental services. It aims to provide a culturally appropriate health promotion initiative for families with children between the ages of 0-5 years.

The project originated as an extension project of Dental Health Services Victoria's Smiles 4 miles oral health project in 2008.

This project includes two phases; the creation of three culturally-appropriate resources (tip cards) and the development of oral health promotion training for Indigenous community health workers. The training is based on the newly released nationally recognised Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations oral health units of competency which include:

Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation and Health Promotion Unit at Portland District Health abstract


Portland District Health
Health Promotion Unit
33 Otway St
Portland Vic 3305
Ph: (03) 5522 1198

Related publications

Deadly teeth tip cards for families [Eat well, Drink well, Clean well] (2011)

Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation

The Deadly teeth health promotion initiative, developed by the Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation and supported by the Portland District Health, contains three tip cards for families promoting good oral health for children aged up to 7 years.

The Eat well tip card promotes healthy eating behaviours because 'deadly teeth need good foods'. The Drink well tip card promotes drinking of tap water and avoidance of sugary drinks. The Clean well tip card encourages regular tooth-brushing.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

Portland District Health, Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation (2012)

Deadly Teeth: promoting oral health in Gunditjmara country: project report (phase 1).

Portland, Vic: Portland District Health

This report provides information on the Deadly teeth project, a partnership between Winda-Mara Aboriginal Corporation and the Health Promotion Unit at Portland District Health, Victoria which included the creation of health promotion resources. The report outlines community response to the program and perceived effectiveness of the resources, as well as the future direction for the Deadly teeth project.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 14 June 2012
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