Public Oral Health Awards winners announced

Public Oral Health Award

Anne Lennard, Healthy Bite Dental

Dental Health Services Victoria revealed the winners of the 2017 Public Oral Health Awards (POHA) at the DHSV AGM at The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne last Friday night.

The Awards, now in their eighth year, recognise public oral health professionals, volunteers and organisations that go above and beyond to improve the health outcomes of the Victorian community.

DHSV received nominations across four categories demonstrating the abundance of talent in the public oral health sector.

The winners of the 2017 Public Oral Health Awards are:

  • Star of public dentistry—Anne Lennard, Healthy Bite Dental
  • Oral health project of the year—Wide Smiles Oral Health Program, Barwon Health and Colac Area Health
  • Public dental clinic of the year—Monash Health
  • Community oral health champion—Stacey Brown, Yappera Children’s Service

“We are proud to recognise those individuals and organisations striving above and beyond to achieve better oral health in the community,” DHSV CEO Dr Deborah Cole said. “Our award winners have shown outstanding commitment to improving health outcomes and a better patient experience.”

The event also saw DHSV launch the 2017 Oral Health for Better Health magazine, with the announcement that the hippopotamuses of Zoos Victoria are its 2018 Smiles of the Year.

The presentation of the Biggest Little Smiles winner went to Isabelle Hutchinson from Ballarat. This competition allowed children to engage with the important message of ‘Eat Well, Drink Well, and Clean Well’ in a photo entry format.

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