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Stop the Rot

Poor oral health continues to be one of the strongest indicators of inequality in Australia, yet dental health continues to be absent from health policy discussions in this country. There are 200,000 older Australians living in residential aged care who have poor access to dental care. The Aged Care Royal Commission highlighted significant neglect andContinue reading “Stop the Rot”

Monash Health Dental Service celebrates success of employee drive-through dental clinic

To commemorate World Oral Health Day, Monash Health Dental Services ran an employee drive-through dental clinic. Utilising the COVID-19 drive-through screening model, the clinic offered Monash Health employees free dental screening and oral health advice from the convenience of their car. Dr Ramini Shankumar, Unit Head Monash Health Dental Services, shared how providing this serviceContinue reading “Monash Health Dental Service celebrates success of employee drive-through dental clinic”

VOHA recognised in Pride of Place report

House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Australia – Inquiry into the future of Regional Australia The recent Pride of Place report has been published highlighting the access issues rural and regional Australians face. The Terms of reference for the House of Representatives Select Committee on Regional Australia included:  Examining the effectiveness of existingContinue reading “VOHA recognised in Pride of Place report”

Access to Dental Care still causing consumer problems

A recent survey of consumer experiences of trying to get timely dental care has again revealed significant and diverse problems for consumers including one person resorting to super glue to fix a broken tooth while waiting for care. The Victorian Oral Health Alliance (VOHA) asked staff in community information agencies around Victoria, facilitated by itsContinue reading “Access to Dental Care still causing consumer problems”

Dental queues getting longer

The Victorian Oral Health Alliance is calling on the State and Federal Governments to focus on oral health and increase funding for the provision of public dental care following the release of new data from the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch which shows waiting times in Victoria continuing to increase. There are more than 1.5Continue reading “Dental queues getting longer”

Consumer Stories

Consumer experiences of the long waiting lists A couple of (many) stories provided by Community Information and Support Victoria of the impact of long waiting lists for oral health care in Victoria. ‘I have had a 72 year old who endured much before finally being placed on the waiting list for Periodontics at the DentalContinue reading “Consumer Stories”

Senior Smiles – Oral Health Program

Economic evaluation of the aged care oral health program -Senior Smiles An economic evaluation of an oral health hygienist program in aged care facilities showed a significant cost-benefit $3 – $5 for every dollar spent. The Senior Smiles model of care provided residents with preventive oral hygiene care, referral pathways for complex dental treatment needsContinue reading “Senior Smiles – Oral Health Program”

2021-2022 VOHA Snapshot

2021 Snapshot In 2021 VOHA successfully: Gathered and analysed new Victorian waiting list data for January – June 2020 and June – December 2020 Developed a one minute video for World Oral Health Day to shine a light on oral health in residential aged care Met with Victorian Health Minister the Hon. Martin Foley toContinue reading “2021-2022 VOHA Snapshot”

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