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Carevan SunSmiles Program

Sun Smiles is an oral health promotion and caries prevention program. The goal is to improve oral hygiene skills and access to preventive dental care for less advantaged children to enable future improvements in their oral health. The SunSmiles program is run by the Carevan foundation with support from volunteer oral health professionals, students, the dental industry and community grants. More details about the program and the foundation can be found on the Carevan foundation website and the SunSmiles Program booklet.

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NSW Little Smiles: Dental Health Resource Package for Childcare Professionals

Aims or Brief Descriptions: The NSW Little Smiles packageLink to external website aims to assist childcare services across NSW to create an environment that is supportive of good dental health for children and their families.

Involved Organisations: The University of Sydney, Macquarie University, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, National Childcare Accreditation Council, NSW Centre for Oral health Strategy, Area Health Services, Colgate Oral Care, TAFE NSW, Department of Community Services, Dietitian, Auburn Council, parents

Contact Person for Further Information:
Jennifer Noller
Email: Jennifer_noller@wsahs.nsw.gov.au

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Crunch&Sip® - South Australian

Aims or Brief Descriptions: Crunch&Sip®Link to external website is an initiative of the Go for 2&5® campaign and is being implemented in South Australian R - 7 schools across the public, Catholic and Independent schools sectors. The program aims to support schools to introduce a fruit and vegetable break, and promote the drinking of water in classrooms.

Findings: The program began development in January 2008, and has been implemented in primary schools from March 2009. Over 100 schools are participating in the program from metropolitan and country regions. 
Reports or publications from project: The South Australian Community Health Research Unit(SACHRU) at Flinders University produced an evaluation report in June 2011 and an internal evaluation report by SADS was produced in June 2012.

The executive summaries of both the reports and information on the full report can be accessed below:

Involved Organisations: SA Dental Service; Department of Health & Ageing (Health Promotion branch); Department of Education and Child Development; Catholic Education; Association of Independent Schools South Australia

Contact Person for Further Information:
Leanne Rana
Project Officer, SA Dental Service 
180 Flinders Street, Adelaide SA 5000. 
Phone: (08) 8222 9115
Email: leanne.rana@health.sa.gov.au

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NSW Messages for a Healthy Mouth (for children)  2nd ed. - NSW Department of Health

Aims or Brief Description: NSW Messages for a Healthy MouthLink to external website includes clear and simple messages: Eat Well; Drink Well; Clean Well; Play Well; Stay Well. Oral health is an integral component of 'general' health and that promoting good health and preventing ill health is a shared responsibility between organisations, communities and individuals.

Involved Organisations: Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW Department of Health

Contact Person for Further Information:
Ms Jennifer Noller
Email: Jennifer_noller@wsahs.nsw.gov.au

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Messages for a Healthy Mouth for Parents, Grandparents and Carers of School-aged Children - NSW Department of Health

Aims or Brief Descriptions: NSW Messages for a Healthy Mouth for parents, grandparents and carers of school-aged children provides information to improve the oral health of children 5–12 years: Eat Well, Drink Well, Clean Well, Play Well and Stay Well.

Involved Organisations: Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW Department of Health

Contact Person for Further Information
Ms Jennifer Noller
Email: Jennifer_noller@wsahs.nsw.gov.au

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Early Childhood Oral Health Guidelines (ECOH) for Child Health Professionals - NSW Department of Health

Aims or Brief Descriptions: The aims of the ECOH GuidelinesLink to external website are to improve the health and well-being of children in NSW by integrating oral health into general health interventions provided by Child Health Professionals. The Guidelines add value to the Personal Health Record which includes basic oral health information for parents.

Involved Organisations: Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW Department of Health

Contact Person for Further Information:
Ms Claire Phelan
Centre for Oral Health Strategy NSW
1 Mons Rd, Westmead NSW 2145, Australia
PO Box 533, Wentworthville NSW 2145, Australia
Phone: (011+61 2 8821 4313)
Fax: (011+61 2 8821 4302)

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Lift the Lip -NSW Department of Health Program

Aims or Brief Descriptions:An educational resource to complement the Early Childhood Oral Health Guidelines for Child Health Professionals (Guidelines) which aim to improve the health and well being of children in NSW by integrating oral health into 'general' health interventions provided by Child Health Professionals.

Reports or Publications From Project: Early Childhood Oral Health Guidelines for Child HealthLink to external website

Involved Organisations: Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW Department of Health

Contact Person for Further Information:
Ms Claire Phelan
Email: claire_phelan@wsahs.nsw.gov.au

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Teach Your Baby to Drink From a Cup -NSW Department of Health Program

Brief Descriptions: Teach your baby to drink from a cup provides information to encourage parents to help their baby to give up the bottle and drink from a cup.

Publications From Project: NSW Messages for a Healthy Mouth 2nd Editon.

Involved Organisations: Sydney South West Area Health Service; Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW Department of Health

Contact person for further information
Ms Jennifer Noller
Centre for Oral Health Strategy NSW
1 Mons Rd, Westmead NSW 2145, Australia
PO Box 533, Wentworthville NSW 2145, Australia
Phone: (011+61 2 8821 4312)
Fax: (011+61 2 8821 4302)

Email: Jennifer_noller@wsahs.nsw.gov.au

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Smiles 4 Miles Award Program

Smiles 4 MilesLink to external website is an initiative of Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) which works in partnership with community health services, local councils and primary care partnerships to improve the oral health of the youngest children in the community. The program is based on the World Health Organisation’s Health Promoting Schools Framework and is delivered predominantly in kindergartens.

In 2012, Smiles 4 Miles reached 25,000 children and their families across 461 early childhood services around Victoria.

Why Participate in the Smiles 4 Miles Award Program?
Smiles 4 Miles aims to improve the oral health of preschool aged children in Victoria.
Early childhood services will receive training, resources and support to help meet the award criteria. The benefits to early childhood services include:

  • Participation in a program which has been developed from the latest evidence for improving children’s oral health
  • Access to support and advice from health professionals experienced in children’s health
  • Ensuring your service is recognised as one which creates a healthier culture for children
  • Promotional opportunities to get your service seen in the local media
  • Helping to establish healthy foundations at an early age which improve overall health and well-being
  • Implementation of a program that provides the opportunity to empower both parents and children to improve their oral health
  • A Smiles 4 Miles award which demonstrates your commitment to improving children’s health in your community.

Smiles 4 Miles Key Messages:
There are five key messages promoted through the Smiles 4 MilesLink to external website program:

Fact Sheets
  • Drink Well
  • Eat Well
  • Clean Well
  • Play Well
  • Stay Well
Tip Cards
  • Drink Well
  • Eat Well
  • Clean Well
  • Play Well
  • Stay Well

For further information please contact the Program Team at smiles4miles@dhsv.org.au.

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Smiling Schools

The Smiling Schools project, undertaken in 2006–07, was a demonstration project that administered an oral health literacy survey to a sample of Victorian primary school children and their parents.

Eleven randomly selected schools consented to participating in this study. The parents of children in grades one, five and six each were invited to participate.  Children in grades five and six were also invited to participate in the survey.

The aim of the project was to explore the oral health literacy of Victorian primary school children and their parents. The project also aimed to determine the relationships between oral health literacy, oral health practices and oral health knowledge and to examine population awareness of the key messages of the Oral Health Guidelines for Victorians (Department of Human Services Victoria 2003).

To view the Smiling Schools report visit the Dental Health Services Victoria website.Link to external website

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Lift the Lip -SA Dental Service Population Oral Health Program

Aims or brief description: In 2007, SA Dental Service implemented the Population Oral Health Program (Lift the Lip), in response to a decline in children's oral health. SA Dental Service has been working collaboratively with Child and Family Health Service Nurses, TAFE SA, GPs, Practice Nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers, Migrant Health Service staff and Early Childhood Services to improve the identification and referral of children experiencing Early Childhood Caries (tooth decay).

A simple Lift the Lip screening and referral tool has been developed to assist with the identification of children (birth - 5 years) needing a referral. Referred children can access the dental care they need either through the public (School Dental Service) or private dental sectors.

Findings: To June 2015, 13,700 children had been referred. Referred children have twice as much tooth decay as children attending the School Dental Service who have not been referred.
Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS) nurses have been the main external referrers, having referred 70% of externally referred children in 2014/15. A Lift the Lip screen has been incorporated into CaFHS general health checks.

The Program has been successful in increasing the number of preschoolers accessing the School Dental Service. The number of children aged under 4 years being referred has increased from 22% in 2008/09 to 50% in 2014/15. In 2014/15 16% of referred children were of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander descent.This provides us with a great opportunity to increase the number of preventive/early interventions.

Contact for further information:
Kerry Clifford - kerry.clifford.sa.gov.au
Health Promotion
SA Dental Service
180 Flinders Street, SA 5000
Australia
Phone (08 8222 9014)

Reports or publications from program: A range of resources to support the program can be found on the SA Health website.

Involved organisations: SA Dental Service, Child and Family Health Service, Australian Dental Association - SA Branch, Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH), Department of Health, Department for Education and Child Development, TAFE SA

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Oral Health Promotion Clearinghouse Unit
Address

ARCPOH
Adelaide Dental School 
Level 9, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building 
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

Contact

T: +61 8 8313 3291 
Email