Statewide oral health survey in schools

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Oral Health Therapist students from the University of Melbourne getting ready to check the teeth of children from Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School.
Oral Health Therapist students from the University of Melbourne getting ready to check the teeth of children from Galilee Regional Catholic Primary School.

On World Oral Health Day last week, Victorian Minister for Health David Davis announced that thousands of school students will take part in Victoria’s first statewide survey of child dental health.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is committed to ensuring children have the best start to life, and that includes ensuring children have healthy and bright smiles,” Mr Davis said.

“We know having healthy teeth, gums and good oral health helps people stay healthy overall.

“This survey will assess the oral health of our children and help shape the future of Victoria’s dental healthcare system.”

Mr Davis said the survey will see 6,000 randomly selected children aged four to 14 from 150 schools receive dental examinations and parent questionnaires.

“This will provide a valuable insight into the state of children’s teeth and help us target health promotion programs and dental services where they are most needed,” Mr Davis said.

“It will draw upon children from Victoria’s government, independent and Catholic schools to ensure a good representation of the oral health status of all Victorian children.”

The survey is funded by the Coalition Government and will be conducted by the Department of Health and Dental Health Services Victoria, in partnership with the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health at the University of Adelaide.

Mr Davis said the Coalition Government was taking action to prevent dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease through the Healthy Together Victoria – Action plan for oral health promotion 2013 – 2017.

“We are delivering $14.9 million through the plan to boost access to vital dental health services and improve the oral health of all Victorians, especially those most at risk,” Mr Davis said.

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