Thursday, 28 January 2016

Good Beginnings: Getting it right in the early years

Good Beginnings: Getting it right in the early years is a compendium of 3 papers commissioned as part of the Stewardship Dialogues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, a project of the Lowitja Institute.

The first 2 were written to inform the discussion during the Stewardship Dialogues and the 3rd was written after the Dialogues to address an identified need for decision makers to have access to a more systematic review of the evidence about the effectiveness of different interventions. These papers review the evidence on the importance of a healthy start to life and on interventions to promote good beginnings.

The Stewardship Dialogues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health were established to test if an open exploration of underlying barriers to better progress in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy and programs can generate new ways to approach some of the 'wicked problems' of policy and implementation. Dialogue participants identified that education and early years interventions, implemented in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and properly adapted to their settings, held the potential to produce significant long-term effects on health and wellbeing.

Oral Health and Dental Care in Australia; key facts and figures 2015 (AIHW)

Oral Health and Dental Care in Australia; key facts and figures 2015 presents the most recent key information on the oral health and dental care of the Australian population. Between 1994 and 2013, there was an overall increase in the proportion of people who were uncomfortable about their dental appearance, from 20% to nearly 27%. The proportion who reported experiencing a toothache over the previous 12 months increased from around 11% to 16% over the same period.

Media release: Toothache more common for uninsured

Download report: Oral Health and Dental Care in Australia; key facts and figures 2015

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