Title: Review of Maori Child Oral Health Services
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Unacceptable inequalities exist in the oral health of New Zealand children, especially among Maori and Pacific children and those from low socioeconomic (SES) families. There is, however, enormous scope to reduce these inequalities, as most dental disease is preventable. The Public Health Advisory Committee's report "Improving Child Health and Reducing Child Oral Health Inequalities" describes significant child oral health inequalities and makes several recommendations including that the Minister of Health directs the Ministry of Health to fund evaluation of current Maori oral health initiatives and continue to evaluate and monitor mainstream oral health services for their impact on Maori oral health. A review of the Maori Child Oral Health (MCOH) Services is therefore necessary in order to obtain information about the types of services being delivered, the capacity and capability needs of the services and to identify preferred models of Maori child oral health services. The MCOH review would be carried out simultaneously with a review of the School Dental Services (SDS). The scope of the review was agreed at a hui of Maori providers, DHB Planning and Funding Portfolio Managers and the Ministry of Health. The hui recommended a Maori Child Oral Health Project Team be established to oversee the project and ensure that the objectives of the review are achieved. All 16 Maori providers were reviewed to evaluate their operations and experiences in delivering oranga niho services. To define each of the services in a consistent manner, a "systems approach" was adopted to assess each of the inter-related elements contributing to successful oral health outcomes for tamariki and rangatahi. At the Ministry level, a MCOH Advisory Committee assessed the outcome and recommendations of the review and combined those with similar initiatives recommended by the SDS review. Recommendations will be presented to the Minister of Health for consideration.

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Mauri Ora Associates for the Ministry of Health. Review of Maori Child Oral Health Services. 2004.