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Crocodile smiles 2
Crocodile smiles 2 was a program that aimed to improve the oral health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Cape York and Cairns Health Service Districts in Queensland. Through a partnership between oral health staff, community members, Indigenous Health Workers and other allied health workers, a whole-of-population approach was developed to address the poor oral health status of children in these communities.
The program aimed to:
- increase awareness of the importance of oral health, good nutrition, and general wellbeing among IHWs and families
- develop an oral health training package for IHWs
- provide support to IHWs to develop health promotion interventions, including interventions that made use of the Crocodile smiles family packs
- develop appropriate community engagement
- create a sustainable and open relationship with IHWs.
Oral Health Unit
GPO Box 48
Brisbane QLD 4001
Ph: (07) 3131 6826
Luhrs J (2008)
Crocodile smiles part 2 - better oral health in Indigenous communities.
intouch; 25(4): 9-10
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