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In partnerships with disability service providers, Dental Health Services Victoria has worked on several projects to improve the oral health of people with a disability.

Click on the headings below to expand the full details of these projects.

Day Services


Promoting oral health within Disability Day Services


Oral health within disability day services In 2012–14, the DHSV Health Promotion unit partnered with Day Services across Victoria interested in developing innovative ways to address oral health.  

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Disability day services process evaluation report


Disability day services process evaluation report The Promoting Oral Health within Disability Day Services program builds on DHSV’s previous work to better incorporate oral health within disability settings, including residential services and day services. The Centre for Applied Oral Health Research (CAOHR) at DHSV undertook a process evaluation of the programs implemented by the participating Day Services and their findings are documented in this report.



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disability day services

Watch the very talented group at Mecwacare tell us a bit about oral health in video they created as part of their project

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Disability Accommodation Services

Evidence shows that people with intellectual disabilities living in disability accommodation services are seven times more likely to have more oral health problems than the general population.

In 2008-09, Dental Health Services Victoria worked with Disability Accommodation Services and Plenty Valley Community Health on a pilot project to promote and improve oral health for people with intellectual disabilities.

The project included the following five processes:

  • Step 1: Promoting oral health in a collaborative approach
    Dental services and disability services work collaboratively to promote the oral health of people with intellectual disabilities.
  • Step 2: Oral health information session
    Dental services conduct an oral health information session for house supervisors to introduce new oral health practices.
  • Step 3: Implementing new oral health practices
    Annual oral health care plans and oral health assessments are completed for each resident in the group home.
  • Step 4: Dental referrals and accessing dental services
    Based on the oral health assessment, residents requiring dental treatment are referred to a dental service.
  • Step 5: Feedback and evaluation
    Following the project’s success, a resource toolkit was created to provide those interested in replicating the project with all the resource and instructions required.

Resource toolkit

PDF document iconFacilitator toolkit for oral health education for disability accommodation services (2011) [PDF, 258KB]

This resource was created for oral health professionals wishing to replicate the above project. With the support of an oral health service and disability service, the project can be coordinated by anyone interested in improving oral health care for people living in disability accommodation services.

Pension-level Supported Residential Services project

The pension-level supported residential services (SRSs) initiative is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and delivered by public dental services in partnership with Dental Health Services Victoria.  The initiative seeks to improve the oral health of residents of SRSs across Victoria.  Oral hygienists have been employed to outreach into these SRSs in order to:

  • Undertake on-site oral health assessments
  • Refer residents for clinic-based treatment and oral hygiene services as appropriate
  • Provide chair-side and group instruction/education for residents
  • Provide oral health kits/resources to residents
  • Provide education/information to SRS proprietors and staff to assist them to support residents to improve their oral hygiene and oral health
  • Promote inclusion of oral health goals in resident support plans

The health promoting model seeks to work collaboratively with other services involved with residents and to locate oral health within a wider health framework.

For further information please contact: srs@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Related information:

Healthy Choices for Healthy Mouths videos
Oral health education videos for Pension-Level Supported Residential Services (SRS) residents and SRS staff.
Click here to view the Healthy Choices for Healthy Mouths videos