Oral health­care grants open to vol­un­teer groups

Pilbara News - - News - Jakeb Waddell

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open for the ADAF and Wrigley Com­pany Foun­da­tion Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Grants, which fund oral health care and ser­vices in dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties across Aus­tralia.

The pro­gram will award $US82,000 ($106,618) to up to 13 vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions and Wrigley Pa­cific gen­eral man­ager Pa­trick Gantier is look­ing to re­gional WA for ap­pli­cants.

“This year, we are specif­i­cally en­cour­ag­ing WA vol­un­teer den­tists, den­tal stu­dents and den­tal pro­fes­sion­als to ap­ply to the grants pro­gram,” Mr Gantier said.

“While WA has the low­est preva­lence of tooth de­cay in Aus­tralia, rates of poor oral health are higher in ar­eas with lower so­cio-eco­nomic out­comes and for those liv­ing in re­gional or ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties across the State.”

The Kimberley Den­tal Team are for­mer re­cip­i­ents of the fund­ing and in­tro­duced the Strong Teeth for Kimberley Kids tooth-brush­ing pro­gram after re­ceiv­ing a $US6000 grant in 2014.

Dur­ing this time, the team of den­tal vol­un­teers pro­vided oral health ed­u­ca­tion and demon­stra­tions, tooth­brushes and tooth­paste to all 43 schools in the Kimberley.

ADA WA chief ex­ec­u­tive David Hal­lett said the tooth­brush­ing pro­gram re­flected the im­pact the grants could have on a com­mu­nity.

“The aims of the team, to re­duce the need for acute den­tal care, while at the same time pro­mot­ing good oral health, are well and truly ful­fill­ing the ob­jec­tives of these grants,” he said.

“Their ef­forts have con­trib­uted to a re­duc­tion in tooth de­cay in some com­mu­ni­ties of up to 35 per cent.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open on the ADAF web­site un­til June 5.

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