Improving Oral Health As An Essential Part Of The Basis Of Health

1082 Words Oct 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Improving oral health is one of the 13 health priorities specified in the New Zealand Health Strategy, and one of the 12 priorities for Maori health (Ministry of Health, 2000). Inequalities in oral health continue to persist in New Zealand and inequity in access to oral health services is strongly evident. The disparity exists between ethnicity and rurality still remain as a challenge today with Maori, Pacific, rural and low socioeconomic populations all continue to show poorer oral health status in comparison to other groups (Ministry of Health,2010) . This is why the Good Oral Health for All, for Life (2005) provides an excellent guideline that can assist Tairawhiti District Health Board (DHB) in reducing inequalities, with Maori, high deprivation and rural communities experiencing higher risk. This strategic vision incorporates oral health as an essential part of the basis of health (Ministry of Health, 2006). Tairawhiti DHB has since then re-evaluate its own policies and established strategies to address the needs of those who are at greater risk of poor oral health. Tairawhiti DHB has made several alterations in their oral health system based on action area two in Good Oral Health for All, for Life to achieve the goal of reducing inequalities in oral health outcomes and access to oral health services ' in its region.

Firstly, Tairawhiti DHB was required to identify disadvantaged groups in their populations. The region consists of a very large proportion of Maori…

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