Welcome to the Nganampa Health Council (NHC) Dental Program. The dental program is integral to the delivery of primary health care on the APY lands. This program is primarily funded by the South Australian Department of Health.
Dental Program Summary
The dental program is provided through 2 fixed clinics (at Pukatja and Iwantja) and a mobile dental surgery (basically a dental clinic on the back of a truck) that services the other communities and major homelands. A new mobile dental surgery was recently constructed and has been used since early 2011. You can read about this truck in the "Articles" folder in the "Download Documents and Reports" section of this website.
In 2011 the program received funding to purchase portable dental equipment. This equipment allows us to provide dental treatment to patients who might have a disability or are aged. We have used this equipment to provide treatment to the residents of the Tjilpiku Pampaku Ngura Aged Care Facility. Some of this equipment is used regularly in our mobile dental clinic. This equipment also acts as a backup if a main item of equipment fails.
- we aim to dentally examine all school children once every year, provide appropriate treatment, and any relevant oral health promotion
- the focus is on atraumatic/minimal intervention and preventive dentistry.
- there is still a relatively high demand for emergency care, with many diabetics suffering moderate-severe periodontal disease
- the dental team works cooperatively with health staff to provide appropriate dental care to people with diabetes and complex medical needs
- denture provision (particularly complete dentures) is assessed on a case by case basis
- where possible, the program works to address the oral health needs of young adults.
We collect oral health status data which tells us the “story” of oral health on the APY lands and helps us to plan and evaluate our program.
We employ a full time dentist and dental assistant but when this is not possible we rely on dental locum staff to keep our program going and provide quality preventive dental care to the people on the APY lands.
The program is well respected by all communities, and children have no or very little fear of the dentist due to a concerted effort to provide atraumatic and preventive dental care.
The program also works with schools to encourage daily tooth brushing at school, and to provide dental education support.
Programs Report (Extract from 2009 Annual Report including Dental Program