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Scholarships to improve Aboriginal dental health

Wednesday, 16th April, 2014

More Aboriginal people will be trained to work as oral health professionals in country towns across NSW under new a initiative launched by the State Government.

Aboriginal Oral Health Scholarships will provide financial assistance to at least 24 Aboriginal people living in regional and rural areas of NSW to train in oral healthcare.

“The new scholarships will ensure a significant number of Aboriginal people will be trained to deliver oral health services in the communities in which they live, as well as provide employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in regional and remote communities,” said the NSW Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, Kevin Humphries.

“Not only will this initiative provide training for a large number of Aboriginal people to become qualified dental assistants, it will also provide the opportunity for them to pursue further studies in oral health therapy or dentistry.

“With levels of untreated dental decay more than twice as high among Aboriginal people as non-Aboriginal people and significantly fewer Aboriginal adults accessing dental care than non-Aboriginal adults, it is absolutely vital that we continue to look at ways at reducing the disparity in oral health outcomes for Aboriginal people.”

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