Oral healthcare grants open to volunteer groups
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.