Public dental care project receives funding

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The Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association Victorian Branch (ADOHTA VIC) has received $48,900 from Bellarine Community Health’s Health and Wellbeing Fund for an exciting project, Preventive Model of Public Dental Care, for the Bellarine Peninsula.

The project will focus on improving the oral health of adults receiving public dental care to keep the teeth and gums healthy. The 2016 Victorian Auditor General’s Office on Public Dental Services recommended that there is a need for public dental services to focus on prevention.

ADOHTA VIC is looking forward to working with the local community to achieve positive oral health outcomes for adults receiving dental care at Bellarine Community Health and the surrounding region.

As part of the project, key dental staff and local dental practitioners will receive expert training by dental specialists in gum disease and public dental health.

“Traditionally, gum disease has not been a focus of public dental services,” president of ADOHTA VIC Tan Nguyen said. “This project will make a real difference towards how we provide dental care in partnership with a consumer voice.”

Melissa Cartledge, oral health manager at Bellarine Community Health added: “The dental team at Bellarine Community Health are thrilled to support this project as it works towards providing our patients with a service that has a stronger focus on prevention and patient education.

“We hope to see some really positive changes and successful outcomes for people living on the Bellarine as a result of this project.”

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