The objective of this report is to investigate oral health-related export opportunities in Indonesia by examining Australia's current participation in the oral health care of Indonesia and the current state of Indonesia's primary health and dental health services.
The wide variety of factors that currently impact the quantity, scope, quality, access and utilisation of Indonesia's dental services are also examined with reference to likely future implications.
The dental care needs of the vast majority of Indonesians are not being met. Available data indicate that dental caries, periodontal diseases, and other oral health ailments are on the increase and it is probable that oral health will further deteriorate as Western (high sugar) diets are increasingly adopted. Indonesia's dental care providers are insufficient in number, unevenly distributed throughout the nation and lack adequate equipment and materials. The majority of Indonesians do not have access to any form of modern dental care. While there is an enormous need for restorative dentistry, it is argued that improving Indonesia's overall oral health will require the adoption of widespread preventive dentistry programmes and practices.
This report will examine current Australian medical/dental links with Indonesia and put forth ideas for improving Australia's participation in Indonesia's oral health care. Particular emphasis is placed on potential Australian roles in training Indonesian dental manpower and fluoridation programmes.