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DHSV response to the inquiry into the social inclusion of Victorians with a disability

Response sent March 2014

DHSV believes in establishing a health system that recognises and accommodates for the individual needs of each patient with disability. By improving the general health and wellbeing of people with disability, we will increase their social inclusion.

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DHSV response to Development of a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan

Response sent December 2012

DHSV supports the Australian Government’s long standing commitment to partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and to support improvements in oral health and overall health outcomes for this community group.

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DHSV response to inquiry into the factors affecting the supply of health services and medical professionals in rural areas

Response sent 6 January 2012

Dental Health Services Victoria believes oral conditions have some of the highest prevalence and incidence rates of all health problems in Australia, particularly in rural areas where visits to the dentist are more likely to be for a dental problem rather than as a preventive measure.

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DHSV response to the NHMRC draft infant feeding guidelines for health workers

Response sent 5 December 2011

Dental Health Services Victoria believes health workers that provide advice about infant feeding are well placed to deliver oral health advice which can complement advice to families concerning establishing healthy eating habits..

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DHSV response to the Victorian Prevention and Health Promotion Achievement Program

Response sent 25 November 2011

Dental Health Services Victoria supports the development of the Victorian Prevention and Health Promotion Achievement Program for schools and early childhood services.

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DHSV comment on the Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011

Response sent 25 May 2011

DHSV supports the logo-free packaging with larger health warnings and plain packaging to reduce the appeal of these products in the belief that these changes will have a beneficial effect on the health of Australians.

View the public consultation on plain packaging of tobacco products External website icon
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DHSV comment on the third Women’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Email response sent 24 June 2010

Dental conditions are mentioned in the Women’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy (page 7) under the title Chronic illness and injury: The evidence. It is noted that dental conditions are the second most common cause of hospital admissions in Victoria behind diabetes complications (DHS, 2004-5).

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DHSV comment on the Men's Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Email response sent on May 29 2010

Dental Health Services Victoria notes that oral health is briefly mentioned in the Men’s Health and Wellbeing strategy under the sub-heading Prisoners and again in relation to Service usage and Aboriginal people.We feel it is appropriate to draw your attention to the importance of oral health and some of the shared risk factors with other health conditions.

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DHSV comment on the Healthy Choices: Draft Food and Drink Guidelines for Victorian Public Hospitals

Response sent January 2010

Dental Health Services Victoria supports the introduction of Healthy Choices: Draft Food and Drink Guidelines for Victorian Public Hospitals.The Guidelines are a tangible commitment to, and demonstration of, the health-promoting role of hospitals. They reflect community expectations that hospital environments shall encourage, support, demonstrate, enable and promote healthy behaviours.

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Parliamentary inquiry into the potential for developing opportunities for schools to become a focus for promoting healthy community living

Response sent 31 July 2009.

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