Support for oral health professionals to detect oral cancer earlier

oral cancer learning hub

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has launched an online training resource to help Victorian oral health professionals across public and private practice identify people most at risk of oral cancer as well as detect the disease earlier. 

The Oral Cancer Learning Hub aims to enhance oral health professionals’ knowledge, confidence and skills in oral cancer prevention and detection. The practical, evidence-based resource supports practitioners to recognise potentially malignant lesions and refer for specialist opinion and diagnosis. It also equips oral health professionals with the information they need to have potentially life-changing conversations with patients about their individual risk. 

“Oral health professionals are integral to the prevention and early detection of oral cancer,” DHSV CEO Susan McKee said.

“There’s been a steady increase in cases of oral cancer over the last 15 years. The Oral Cancer Learning Hub will enhance the skills of oral health professionals in Victoria to identify people most at risk and have essential conversations that can save lives.”

The Oral Cancer Learning Hub includes information about risk factors and prevention, a visual ‘atlas’ of suspicious lesions, examination resources, clinical case studies, referral guidance and a CPD quiz. 

Content was developed in partnership with experts at Dental Health Services Victoria, the University of Melbourne Dental School, the Australian Dental Association (Victorian Branch), La Trobe University Department of Dentistry and Oral Health and the Department of Health.

The Oral Cancer Learning Hub was produced with funding from the Department of Health in response to the increase in oral cancer in Victoria. Evaluation from the Victorian Oral Cancer Screening & Prevention Program’s 2019 training pilot with Victorian oral health professionals indicated a need for accessible oral cancer educational resources.

You might also enjoy reading Alcohol and oral cancer in the December issue of Bite magazine.

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