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Collaborating with communities delivers better oral health for Indigenous kids in rural Australia

Dentistry Community health Health services accessibility First Peoples health New South Wales

Aboriginal children in rural Australia have up to three times the rate of tooth decay compared to other Australian children.

Tooth decay can affect a person’s overall health and nutrition because it can affect how they chew and swallow. Tooth decay can also reduce self esteem because of its effect on appearance and breath. And importantly, poor oral health increases the risk of chronic disease such as heart disease.

Yet tooth decay is both preventable and treatable.

The authors' research in Community based programs to improve the oral health of Australian Indigenous adolescents demonstrates co-design explores how to engage communities to design and deliver services for their own communities. This research has been associated with significantly improved oral health among Aboriginal primary school children.

This approach may also hold the answer for closing the gap in other areas of health care.

Read the full article at The Conversation.

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