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Deadly teeth



Deadly teeth was an oral health promotion initiative targeting Koori children aged 0-5 years and their families in the Portland area of south-west coastal Victoria. The program took a holistic approach to oral health, focusing on oral hygiene, nutritional intake, oral health literacy and access to dental services. Phase 1 involved the creation of three culturally appropriate oral health promotion resources (tip cards.) Phase 2 will involve the development of oral health promotion training for Indigenous community health workers.

The project originated as an extension of Dental Health Services Victoria's mainstream oral health promotion scheme, Smiles 4 miles. Deadly teeth was run as a partnership between Windamara Aboriginal Corporation and the Health Promotion Unit at Portland District Health. 

Windamara Aboriginal Corporation and Portland District Health abstract


Health Promotion Unit
Portland District Health
Bentinck Street
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: 13 April 2016
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