The Wrigley Company Foundation and the Australian Dental Health Foundation (ADHF) have awarded US$88,000 (AU$119,000) worth of grant funding as part of their annual Community Service Grant program, to provide oral health care and education to local communities in need across Australia.
Australians living in remote or disadvantaged communities today face multiple barriers to good oral health such as poor diet, access to dental facilities, financial strain, and reduced health literacy, all of which greatly impact the health equity of those living in this country. To address these issues, the Wrigley Company Foundation and the ADHF have awarded 14 grants to help volunteer dental professionals deliver oral health services for some of Australia’s most in-need communities.
“Over the past eight years, the annual Community Service Grants program has helped hard working volunteers carry out important work that provides oral care services and dental education to disadvantaged communities across Australia,” said Sophie Lodge, on behalf of the EXTRA® Oral Healthcare Program.
“We continue to be impressed with the work carried out by grant recipients and we look forward to seeing this year’s results.”
Since 2011, the Wrigley Company Foundation and the ADHF have awarded almost half a million dollars in grant funding to volunteer dentists and dental students to provide free-of-charge treatments to patients in some of Australia’s most remote regions.
“The ADHF applauds 2018’s successful grantees,” ADHF chairman David Owen said. “These grants will go to organisations providing oral care and education at a grassroots level and the ADHF is proud of working to deliver services that are vital to ensuring access to oral healthcare services and education to disadvantaged groups across Australia.”