Achievement program

Oral health programs

Achievement Program

What is the Achievement Program?

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The Achievement Program is a Victorian Government initiative that aims to encourage healthier lifestyles and prevent lifestyle related diseases. Based on the best practice Health Promoting Schools Framework, the program provides a framework for promoting health in:

  • early childhood education and care services
  • primary schools
  • secondary schools
  • workplaces.

Participating schools, early childhood services and workplaces are guided through each step in a cycle of continuous planning, action and review to address eight health priority areas:

  • Healthy eating and oral health
  • Physical activity
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Safe environments
  • Sun protection
  • Sexual health and wellbeing
  • Tobacco control
  • Alcohol and other drug use

External website iconFind out more about the Achievement Program

Achievement Program cycleDHSV supports the Achievement Program

DHSV, the leading public oral health agency in Victoria, supports the inclusion of oral health in the health priority areas of the Achievement Program.

DHSV works in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Innovation and Prevention Science (CEIPS), the organisation responsible for implementing the Achievement Program, to develop the healthy eating and oral health benchmarks and supporting resources.

External website icon Early childhood service healthy eating and oral health benchmarks
External website icon Primary and secondary school healthy eating and oral health benchmarks

Why should my early childhood service, school or workplace get involved?

Kindergarten boy

There are many great reasons. Perhaps the simplest is that people who are healthy learn and work better!

Oral health is essential to overall health and wellbeing. Oral diseases can cause pain and discomfort and negatively affect general health and quality of lifei. Communities are also affected through economic costs that burden the healthcare system.

Poor oral health has been associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, stroke, kidney diseases, peripheral vascular disease, dementia, adverse pregnancy outcomes, aspiration pneumonia, stomach ulcers, oral cancers and obesityii.

The Achievement Program takes a structured, supportive, whole-setting approach to tackle some of the health issues, like oral health, that affect our communities.

External website icon VicHealth explains the benefits of promoting health in this 4 minute video

i Department of Human Services, Integrated Health Promotion Resource Kit, 2003,

ii Dental Health Services Victoria, 7 November 2011, Links between oral health and general health: the case for action