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"The lives of people with disability are often secret lives. We are routinely segregated and isolated from our non-disabled peers – we live, work and play in places which are not often frequented by those without disability. Often, we are lonely. If we do not have families, paid staff are sometimes the only people in our lives. We are shut out by barriers to participation in Australian life, and shut in when we are hidden in institutional settings."

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March 2016:

Access to Dental Services for People with Disability

The survey: 

Thank you to the over 160 people who responded to our survey which we distributed prior to Christmas and while closed in February.

The responses provided valuable information and data for the dental researchers who are involved in this work, and who are working on a further report which will be available in coming weeks. We will let you know when this becomes available.

The Health Circle session:

Following the survey, on  22nd February 2016 DDWA held a Health Circle session, Access to Dental Services for People with Disability - this session looked at access to dental care - from the patient's, the parents' and the dentists' perspective.

DDWA members, people with disability, parents and family members, representatives from the Disability Services Commission and the Disability Health Network, attended. Dentists included Professor Marc Tennant, Researcher and Service Designer; Dr David Hallett, CEO of the Australian Dental Association (ADA) WA; Dr Doug Pritchard, GP Anaesthetist for Oral Surgery at Swan Hospital; Dr Soniya Nanda paul, Chief Dental Officer, WA Health Department; Dr Terry Pitsikas, Dentist with speciality in Special Needs Dentistry; Dr Phillip Chantler, Head of Unit (Special Needs) Dental Health Services, North Perth.

Discussion included preventative care - things that can be done without having to go the dentist; access to services - who is eligible to attend where; what is missing from the current system -  suggestions and recommendations were made.


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The first report:

A summary of the responses to the survey have been compiled as a first report into what people's experiences have been and what they think the gaps are in oral and dental health for people with disability.










The second report:

A summary of the critical points and a plan to address some of the issues which were identified in the survey, the forum and in communications with our members. (Click here for a word version)



What's next: 

An action plan has commenced - to bring to light the importance of access to dental care for people with disability and others in the community who feel marginalised by current structures.

The importance of good dental care as a contributor to overall good health cannot be underestimated. Good oral health can help minimise risks of gum disease and other disease such as heart conditions, diabetes, stroke and pre-term labour.






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Resources - something to read for further information:

The book includes information on:

  • Your teeth and gums - things that can affect your teeth such as certain foods, drinks, medications, smoking
  • How to brush your teeth; how to brush someone else's teeth; how to get help brushing your teeth
  • Eligibility to the different dental services and clinics

DDWA thanks the Australian Dental Association of WA for their support in making this publication possible.