Say ahh—unite for mouth health

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world oral health day

World Oral Health Day is being celebrated globally this Friday 20 March and health professionals nationally are collaborating to improve the oral health of all Australians.

There is compelling evidence that oral health is an integral element of overall health but government, health professionals and service providers often treat oral health separately from all other health services in terms of funding, service infrastructure and planning. This separation has led to significant health, social and economic ramifications. 

With the support of the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP), ADOHTA (Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association), Australian Dental Prosthetists Association (ADPA), Australian Psychological Society (APS), Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA), Pharmacy Guild of Australia (PGA) and Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) is hosting a national CPD webinar for all health professionals on oral health.

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Oral health therapist Ian Epondulan and dental hygienist Lyn Carman will discuss how health professionals can adopt a more holistic approach to patient-centred care through appropriate screening and referral in relation to oral health. 

“Let’s work together to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians, with oral health an integral part of it,” DHAA president Cheryl Dey said.

“I hope other health professional groups will join us later if they have not already done so on this occasion.” 

All health professionals are welcome to join the oral health webinar at 7pm AEDT on Thursday 19 March. Registration information is available through participating peak bodies or membership@dhaa.info 

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