The Kimberley Dental Team Ltd is a not for profit, Non Government Organisation, and is a team of visiting volunteers from the dental profession and allied health professionals, aiming to enhance current resources and levels of care in the Kimberley region. The Team is working in concert with Dental Health Services, the Centre of Rural and Remote Oral Health, University of Western Australia and Aboriginal Medical Services, to provide additional and often urgent services to those most disadvantaged by barriers to care such as decreased access, limited staff resourcing and distance. Click here to view the KDT Strategic Plan
The Kimberley Dental Team is committed to providing workforce opportunities for Indigenous people in the local community. The team will continue to advocate for and practise culturally competent oral health care provision in the Kimberley region. The Mission of the Kimberley Dental Team is to improve the general wellbeing and dental health of indigenous children and their families in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia thereby reducing the long term cost and suffering dental disease inflicts. This can be achieved by identifying realistic, measurable and achievable project goals and outcomes including the following:
- Develop region appropriate treatment protocols.
- Develop region appropriate dental health education (DHE) programs with the purpose of encouraging dental understanding, education and early intervention in regions where a dental presence is irregular.
- The programs will encourage people involved in the well being of Indigenous people to understand dental health and become confident and involved in DHE as a natural part of their client management.
- Develop DHE packs specifically for Health care personnel, Schools, Local agencies, Parents and Children with the aim of significantly reducing the caries rate, especially in the 0-5 age group.
- Provide information and support to parents to foster awareness of dental health and general wellbeing, starting during pregnancy.
- Co-ordinate the distribution of DHE packs, provide support and gather data to assess dental.
- Develop a culturally appropriate on site training program for local indigenous people to assist the visiting dental team with administration and clinical support.
What KDT needs is a committed dental workforce.
Dental personnel can apply to volunteer for one or two weeks at a time to work with the Kimberley Dental Team. KDT assists with the airfares, accommodation, registration to practice in Western Australia and transport. The schedule is flexible, so it is possible to combine the trip with some time-off in the region.
About the Owens
Dr John Owen AM , graduated from UWA as a Dentist in 1977, completed his Masters degree in Orthodontics in 1984 and over the next 25 years, established two specialist Orthodontic practices. He has held the position of Honorary Consultant Orthodontist to the Disabilities Services Commission since 1986 and is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International and Pierre Fauchard Academy.
During his professional career, John has been President of the University Dental Students Society, President of the WA branches of the ADA and ASO and Federal President of the ASO 2000-2002. He was President of the Dental Board of WA from 1999 to 2010, a past director of the Australian Dental Council, past Congress Chairman for the 33rd Australian Dental Association Congress and Exhibition, Perth 2009 and past Inaugural Member of the Dental Board of Australia.
Currently, John continues in the roles of Patron of the Australian Society of Orthodontists, Foundation for Research and Education and Clinical Associate Professor, School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care, University of Western Australia. John is a certified member of the Australian Orthodontic Board and Member of the Royal Australian College of Dental Surgeons, in the special field of Orthodontics. John is the inaugural Chairman, Kimberley Dental Team Limited
In 2010, John received the great honour of being appointed, a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2010, Queens Birthday Honours list. His citation was, “for service to the specialty of orthodontics, and through a range of leadership roles within the dental profession”.
Clinically, John has a special interest in the younger patients with facial growth and development problems especially in those with disabilities and indigenous health.
Jan Owen formerly trained as a dental nurse, in particular dental health education, at the Perth Dental Hospital, and then in Adelaide as a veterinary nurse. Jan later studied homoeopathy and is now a registered practicing homoeopath with a consulting practice and a wholesale business supplying homoeopathic medicine to health food stores and pharmacies across Australia. Jan’s philosophy is to encourage, empower and educate families in the area of health and well being.
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