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This report details the oral health of Indigenous children in the Northern Territory who have received dental services as part of the Closing the Gap Initiative.
This report presents findings from the dental follow-up data collection that was established as part of the Closing the Gap in the Northern Territory National Partnership Agreement (NPA) between the Australian and Northern Territory governments to monitor dental services in communities in prescribed areas of the Northern Territory. These findings can be used to support public accountability for the delivery of dental services provided through the NPA.
The report provides information on the following aspects of dental services delivered from August 2007 to June 2010, including the:
There are some data limitations that affect the findings of this report. Although the data collection covered the majority of dental services, it does not contain information on services provided by some of the service providers. The analyses presented also exclude information on children who did not consent to share their dental health information with Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). The DMFT (decayed, missing or filled teeth) data only covers children receiving a service in the period March–December 2009 due to several issues detailed later in the report. While the data are subject to these limitations, the report still shows that:
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