The aims of this project are to evaluate the impact of a program in which dental care needs of people aged 75+ years are assessed by medical personnel of the integrated oral health items within the Enhanced Primary Care Assessment. People identified through screening are referred for general dental care at the SA Dental Service’s Somerton Park Dental Centre. ARCPOH is evaluating the screening program and impact of dental treatment on oral health and general health.
The project is targeted towards the community-dwelling elderly population living within Adelaide’s Southern Division of General Practice. Their oral health was screened as part of the Enhanced Primary Care Assessment program, and those eligible for public dental care are offered an appointment at the Somerton Park Dental Complex without the usual 2–3 waiting period.