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Public Oral Health Care in NSW - NSW Health

The NSW State Dental ServiceLink to external website provides dental care to children and adults who reside in NSW. Some specialist care can be provided through this service as well as general dentistry (fillings, examinations, dentures etc.).

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Why Is Smoking Cessation Important in Oral Health? Advising Our Patients to Quit

'Why is Smoking Cessation Important in Oral Health?'Link to external website is a training manual, which provides oral health staff with the skills and resources to provide smoking cessation brief intervention at the chairside.

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NSW Little Smiles: Dental Health Resource Package for Childcare Professionals

The NSW Little SmilesLink to external website package 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, Dietician, Auburn Council, parents.

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The Teeth for Health program: Fluoridation of NSW Community Water Supplies with Populations of More than 1000 (NSW - Program 1)

The Teeth for Health Program involves the fluoridation of previously un-fluoridated (largely rural) communities water supplies via shire councils and water authorities.

Since July 2004, NSW Health has fully funded fluoridation capital works. Using scientific and health data a case is presented to councils on why water fluoridation is important.  As the decision can be politicised, efforts are made to help confine it to a health issue.  As an indicator of local public opinion on the subject, a continuous state-wide attitudinal survey on fluoridation has been conducted since 2005.  As the sample size increases each quarter by some 1300 respondents, the survey is gaining increasing validity at local government level.  In some cases, other surveys have been funded to assist councillors better understand their constituents’ views on water fluoridation.  In all cases, the majority of the population support water fluoridation (at state level, more than 80 per cent).
Councils eventually took a vote on the matter and since 2004, some 20 councils have voted in favour and less than four have voted against it (some, for infrastructure reasons). Teeth for Health provides support and information to councils prior to, during and following the public consultation phase.

Reports or Publications from Project: Fluoride, Smile it’s Natural Link to external website brochure

Involved Organisations: NSW Health, local governments in rural NSW

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Access to Fluorides in Small Communities (NSW - Program 2)

The Fluoride NowLink to external website program encourages tooth-brushing with fluoride toothpaste in small, disadvantaged communities by linking to economic development to encourage sustainability. This is a pilot project that has just started and a health impact assessment (HIA) was completed prior to commencement.  The HIA will be made available once the final report has been received. Baseline oral health assessments have been completed.

Involved Organisations: NSW Health; Warrumbungle Shire Council; Inverell Shire Council

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Messages for a Healthy Mouth for Adults (NSW Department of Health Program 5)

NSW Messages for a Healthy Mouth for AdultsLink to external website provides information to improve the oral health of adults: Eat Well, Drink Well, Clean Well, Play Well and Stay Well.
Involved organisations: Centre for Oral Health Strategy NSW

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Messages for a Healthy Mouth 2nd Edition. (NSW Department of Health Program)

The NSW Department of Health Program 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

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

Aims of the ECOH Guidelines are to improve the health and wellbeing 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)

Email: claire_phelan@wsahs.nsw.gov.au

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See My Smile

See My Smile is a brochure that contains oral health advice for parents of young children. It aims to encourage parents to look at their children's teeth regularly and to establish good oral care practices from an early age. The brochure was designed in consultation with Aboriginal people.

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Lift the Lip - NSW Department of Health Program

Lift the Lip is an educational resource to complement the Early Childhood Oral Health Guidelines for Child Health Professionals (Guidelines) which aim to improve the health and wellbeing of children in NSW by integrating oral health into 'general' health interventions provided by Child Health Professionals.

Involved Organisations: Centre for Oral Health Strategy NSW

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

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.

Involved Organisations: Sydney South West Area Health Service; Centre for Oral Health Strategy NSW.

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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 
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