Koori Kids Koori Smiles Oral Health Program
Oral Health Service, Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service
Koori Kids dental clinics are held at Gosford Hospital Dental Clinic on Thursday evenings from 4.30 – 8.30pm. The location and time was arranged after consultation with the Aboriginal community.
The KKKS program provides clinical restorative dental treatment, preventive therapies and the provision of mouthguards for children playing contact sport. The mouth guards are issued after completion of all other necessary dental treatment.
Patient mix consists of children ranging from 0 to 17 years; most dental work is carried out by Dental and Oral Health Therapists with pathways for referral to specialist dental care if required.
Challenges involved gaining acceptance from the Aboriginal community and establishing rapport between the clinician’s and the Aboriginal patients. This was successful because the Aboriginal community were consulted throughout the planning, implementation and evaluation of the program. The program logo was designed by a local Aboriginal artist, which provided ownership of the program to the Aboriginal community.
Koori Kids Koori Smiles Brochure (832KB) - A brochure containing "Tooth Tips for Koori Kids".
Download the Presentation ( pdf - 389KB) from the 2007 NSW Health Expo.
Jody and Carolyn our Aboriginal Dental Assistants – both ladies have completed Certificate III in Dental Assisting and Carolyn has recently completed her Certificate IV in Oral Health Promotion.
Koori Kids Dental Clinics operate on Thursday evenings out of Gosford Hospital Dental Clinic.
The Koori Kids Koori Smiles Team, from left Hayley, Carolyn, Kay and Janet, pictured with Anthony Mundine, with a commendation in the 2006 NSW Aboriginal Health Awards.