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DHSV oral health promotion programs

DHSV has implemented a range of oral health promotion programs and projects focusing on Victorian communities with the greatest need. Our programs aim to engage and support Victorians in reducing factors that may negatively affect their oral health.

Factors which can influence oral health - nutrition, lifestyle, social connectedness, personal health and hygiene practices, socio-economic status, education, cultural beliefs, attitudes and level of health literacy. Factors also include the level of access to oral health services and programs.

DHSV works with partnering organisations and community groups to achieve sustainable oral health outcomes in all our programs.

Evidence based oral health promotion resources

  • The evidence based oral health promotion resource summarises the most effective health promotion strategies for prevention of oral health problems. It will assist health professionals, policy makers, planners and health promotion practitioners to further promote oral health in Victoria. Evidence-based oral health promotion resource (2011) [PDF PDF]
  • In late 2009, a workshop was held by the National Oral Health Promotion Clearing House to develop a national consensus on oral health messages for the Australian public. The messages are published and available here links to another page.
  • The use of fluorides in Australia: guidelines – developed by the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, this document sets out the evidence for use of fluorides in Australia. Download the guidelines here [ PDF PDF]
  • Dental Health Services Victoria and the Department of Health have produced this guide outlining evidence-informed actions that councils can consider when preparing their municipal public health and well-being plans, municipal early years plans and other strategies. View the local government action guide links to another page


Local government planning for oral health promotion

Regional Oral health profiles Local Government Area oral health profiles   
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