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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Filling the gap



Filling the gap is a program that recruits volunteer dentists and dental assistants to work for two weeks or more in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) where dental services are limited or non-existent. Dental work includes both emergency relief and comprehensive treatment. Dental professionals from the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand are eligible to volunteer as part of the program as well as those from Australia. Accommodation is provided by the ACCHO and airfares by the program. The program currently operates in ACCHOs in New South Wales (NSW), the Northern Territory (NT) and South Australia (SA).

The program is operated by a non-government charitable organisation incorporated in NSW, and was started in 2006 to address a critical lack of dental services at Wuchopperen Health Service in far north Queensland. Since inception, more than 230 dental professionals have volunteered their time and provided approximately 10,000 dental appointments and over 25,000 procedures. The program was evaluated in 2009 by academics at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales.


Filling the Gap
Suite 74, 28 Sutherland Street
Paddington NSW 2021
Fax: (02) 9360 9747

Gael Kennedy
Mobile: 0403 131 410
Uri Windt
Mobile: 0418 208 755

Evaluated publications

Jackson Pulver LR, Fitzpatrick S, Ritchie J, Norrie M, Kennedy G, Windt U (2009)

Word of Mouth:evaluation of the 'Filling the Gap' Indigenous dental program.

Sydney: School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales


Last updated: 12 November 2015
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