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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Information for the community – Updated 7 March 2022

Aboriginal Oral Health Program (AOHP)

Aboriginal Oral Health Program promotion

Aboriginal Oral Health Program (AOHP)

The Aboriginal Oral Health Program (AOHP) aims to improve the oral health of Aboriginal people by increasing oral health knowledge in the community and by improving access to dental services through

  • Increasing the number of Aboriginal children and teens visiting SA Dental clinics.
  • Providing priority, free general and emergency dental care at SA Dental clinics for eligible Aboriginal adults.
  • Developing partnerships with the Aboriginal community and services to increase oral health knowledge and to raise awareness of pathways to dental care.
  • A range of Aboriginal specific oral health resources promoting key oral health messages.
  • Supporting and attending community events to promote oral health.

Children

In South Australia, Aboriginal children experience approximately 70% more tooth decay than non-Aboriginal children and they have more teeth with untreated decay.

Aboriginal children under 18 years can access dental care at SA Dental clinics and some specialist dental care. Specialist dental care is provided at the Adelaide Dental Hospital on referral and fees apply.

All babies, children and young people under 18 years who either live in or go to school in South Australia can attend one of our clinics.

There are no waiting lists, and you will receive the next available appointment.

There are no out of pocket costs if your child:

We recommend children have a dental check-up at around 12 months of age.

Adults

Eligible Aboriginal adults can access FREE priority general and emergency dental care at our clinics.

To be eligible clients need to be:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • the holder of a current Centrelink Concession Card.
  • aged 18 years and older.

Pregnant women may be more at risk of dental problems such as gum disease, erosion and tooth decay.

To be eligible for one course of dental care per pregnancy, women need to:

  • be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or pregnant with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child.
  • be the holder of a current Centrelink concession card.
  • Non-Aboriginal women pregnant with an Aboriginal child can access one free Course of Care per pregnancy at SA Dental clinics if they are the holder of a current concession card.

Aboriginal interstate clients are eligible for Emergency Dental Care only.

Regional or Remote services

We provide services to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders living in Regional and Remote areas of South Australia.

We have clinics in the following regions

  • Eyre & Western.
  • Far North.
  • Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island.
  • Limestone Coast.
  • Yorke & Mid North.

To find the closest clinic in your region, visit Find a Clinic.

In Regional and Remote areas without a SA Dental clinic nearby, government-funded schemes are available at participating private dental clinics.

Ineligible Aboriginal clients

For Aboriginal clients ineligible for dental care at SA Dental, please contact the following services for further information

Nunkuwarrin Yunti

182 - 190 Wakefield Street, Adelaide

PO BOX 7202, Hutt Street

ADELAIDE SA 5000

Adelaide Dental Community Outreach Program

School of Dentistry at Common Ground

73-79 Light Square

ADELAIDE SA 5000

Services for clients who meet the following criteria:

  • Vulnerable.
  • Low income, but still don’t meet the requirements to qualify for a Centrelink Concession Card or cannot afford private dental.
  • Mental health issues and;
  • Citizenship issues.

Aboriginal Language Interpreting Service (ALIS)

We offer an Aboriginal Language Interpreting Service (ALIS) for clients at SA Dental.

Interpreting and Translating Centre (ITC) in conjunction with ALIS can provide a range of Aboriginal language services to clients.

The ALIS can provide interpreting services when you need help to fully understand Aboriginal speakers in a range of different settings. It is operating from within the Interpreting and Translating Centre (ITC) and can provide face to face and telephone interpreting in the following Aboriginal languages:

  • Pitjantjatjara
  • Yankunytjatjara
  • Arrernte (Eastern)
  • Arrernte (Western)
  • Pintupi-Luritja
  • Warlpiri
  • Alyawarre

Booking requests can be made by:

Oral health resources

To order Aboriginal Oral Health Program resources please complete the below order form and email a copy to Health.SADSAOHP@sa.gov.au

Further information

For more information about the program please contact the team