Oral health impact among rural-dwelling indigenous adults in South Australia

Eleanor J. Parker, Helen Mills, A. John Spencer, Gloria C. Mejia, Kaye F. Roberts-Thomson, Lisa M. Jamieson

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Aims. The aim of this study was to describe the impact of oral health conditions among a convenience sample of Indigenous Australian adults and compare findings with nationally representative data. Methods. Data were obtained from the Indigenous Oral Health Literacy Project (IOHLP) based in South Australia. Nationally representative data were obtained from the National Survey of Adult Oral Health (NSAOH). The impact of oral disease was measured using the shortened form of the oral health impact profile, OHIP-14. All data were standardised by age group and sex utilising Census data. Results. For each OHIP-14 measure the impact was greater for IOHLP participants. There was considerable variation in the degree of difference between IOHLP and NSAOH participants for individual OHIP-14 items. Conclusion. High levels of effects of oral health conditions were reported by rural-dwelling Indigenous adults. This may exacerbate the health and social disadvantage experienced by this marginalised group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-219
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • Indigenous
  • Oral disease
  • Oral health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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