Statement of Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians on whose ancestral lands we provide dental services.

We acknowledge the deep feeling of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Country.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending our services.

We are committed to improving the oral health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

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Our Prospect clinic is temporarily closed for renovations. Please phone (08) 7117 4000 during this period.

Dental referral

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The fourth process

The fourth step in helping to maintain a resident's oral health is dental referral.

This is based on the outcome of the oral health assessment.

Each residential aged care facility will need to identify the dental services available in their locality.

While it is recognised frail and dependent residents may be best treated at the facility, some residents may need to be treated at a dental clinic or hospital. The local public dental service and the Australian Dental Association will be able to provide advice on this.

Encouraging dentists to visit facilities

Residential aged care facilities can encourage dentists to visit their facility by having the following in place:

  • a separate room that is clean and has access to power, a sink with running water and provides privacy
  • portable clinic light
  • treatment chair with a reclining option and neck support
  • staff available to assist the dental team
  • residents who are ready and waiting to be seen when it is time for their dental appointment
  • residents' medical notes and list of current medications are available
  • resident or guardian consent are obtained.

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