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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Aboriginal liaison project

 

Overview

The Aboriginal liaison project aims to improve oral health outcomes for Indigenous people in South Australia (SA) by increasing the number of Indigenous people accessing mainstream dental services. The program began in 2005 in response to an identified need to improve oral health outcomes for Aboriginal adults. The program is available through all SA Community Service Dental Clinics. The Aboriginal liaison project is available for eligible Aboriginal adults in SA and provides general and emergency dental care at no cost for eligible adults at Community Dental Service Clinics in both metropolitan and country areas in SA. There are no waiting lists for clients who access dental care through the Aboriginal liaison project and most dental care is free (including dentures and denture repairs); any payments required would be discussed at time of treatment - there may be fees for some specialist services.

To be eligible to access the program, clients need to meet all of the following criteria:

To obtain a referral into the program, clients should see an Aboriginal Health/Case or Community Worker or visit one of the relevant clinics and ask to see an Aboriginal Client Liaison Officer to have an oral health assessment completed.

Abstract adapted from South Australian Dental Service

Contacts

Aboriginal Oral Health Program
South Australian Dental Service
Central Adelaide Local Area Network
GPO Box 864
Adelaide SA 5001

Kellie Graves
Senior Project Officer
Ph: (08) 8222 9003
Fax: (08) 8222 9020
Email: kellie.graves@health.sa.gov.au

Lisa Pigliafiori
Senior Project Officer
Ph: (08) 8222 9111
Fax: (08) 8222 9020
Email: lisa.pigliafiori@health.sa.gov.au

Jenny Smith
Senior Project Officer
Ph: (08) 8222 9024
Fax: (08) 8222 9020
Email: jennifer.smith2@health.sa.gov.au

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Last updated: 8 October 2013
 
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