|Title:||Sustaining oral health services in remote and Indigenous communities: A review of 10 years experience in Western Australia|
|Author(s):||Jacobs A, Kruger E, Tennant M||Year:||2010|
|Journal:||International Dental Journal 60: 1-6|
|Tags:||Indigenous Oral Health, Remote Care, Sustainable Delivery|
Abstract In line with findings throughout Australia, rural, remote and Indigenous Western Australians suffer from a higher burden of oral disease and have less access to dental practitioners and care than their urban and non-Indigenous counterparts. With workforce projections indicating an increase in the shortage of dental practitioners, especially in rural and remote areas, the Centre for Rural and Remote Oral Health (CRROH) in Western Australia set out to establish a sustainable programme to service such increasingly disadvantaged populations. Via the vertical integration of education, service and research CRROH pioneered a sustainable model to deliver much needed oral health services to some of Western Australia's most remote areas, while primarily focused on addressing the oral health needs of Indigenous Australians. One of the key lessons from the programme has been the development of a strong clinical governance framework and a support network to sustain services in remote locations. This study offers one way to provide and sustain dental care for those most in need, yet largely left out.
|Reference (Biomedical Style):|
|Jacobs A, Kruger E, Tennant M. Sustaining oral health services in remote and Indigenous communities: A review of 10 years experience in Western Australia. International Dental Journal . 2010;60:1-6.|