Ambulatory Sensitive Hospitalisation1 (ASH) rates for Maori and Pacifica Children under 4 years of age foe dental conditions are higher than other ethnics groups. The Ministry of Health target of 85% enrolment of pre-school children was set to be achieved by the end of 2015. By increasing enrolment, annual examination and provision of oral health messages from age of 2 years ASH rates will be reduced. Through collaboration with health sector colleagues with the information required, identification of children unknown to Bee Healthy were found and then given the opportunity to ‘opt out’ of the universally provided free service.
Capital & Coast DHB