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released: 1 Mar 2000 author: Davies M J & AIHW

Oral health has improved among adults in Australia, with dramatic declines in edentulism. For example, the percentage of persons aged 65 years or more who had no natural teeth declined from 66% in 1979 to 50% in 1987–88 to 40% in 1994. Use of dental services has increased among adults in Australia. For example, among persons aged 65 years or more, the percentage who visited in the previous 12 months increased from 21.5% in 1979 to 40.9% in 1993. However, Indigenous persons comprise a group within the Australian population who may be disadvantaged in terms of their health and access to services.

ISSN 1323 8744; Cat. no. DEN 64; 4pp.; INTERNET ONLY


Publication table of contents

  • Oral health and access to dental services

  • Health of Indigenous Australians

  • The Australian population

    • Oral health

    • Access to services

  • Public dental patients

    • Oral health

    • Service provision

  • Indigenous status

  • Sources of data

  • Scope of data

  • Summary

    • The Australian population

    • Public dental patients

  • Acknowledgements

  • Further information

  • Verso page

Recommended citation

Davies M J & AIHW 2000. Oral health and access to dental services among Indigenous Australians: research report, March 2000. DSRU Research Report Series. Cat. no. DEN 64. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 30 May 2017 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=6442467125>.

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