The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) collaborates with a range of organisations to promote oral health and support dentists in their delivery of high-quality dental care.
Oral health promotion
ADA Oral Health Working Group
The ADA and state branches regularly meet to discuss and work together on oral health initiatives at both the national and state level.
Better Health Channel
The ADAVB Oral Health Committee reviews and updates oral health fact sheets for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services’ Better Health Channel website. The Better Health Channel is a frequently used as a source of health information, accessed by consumers in Australia and around the world.
DHSV Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles Reference Group
The ADAVB is represented on the Reference Group, which oversees Dental Health Services Victoria’s (DHSV’s) Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles initiative. The initiative aims to improve the oral health of pregnant women and children aged 0–3 years through education delivered by early childhood professionals.
Learn about the Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles initiative.
Oral health information for GPs
The ADAVB Oral Health Committee prepares articles for the AMA Victoria to assist medical practitioners to identify and manage patients’ oral health issues prior to dental visits.
Public event attendance
Volunteer ADAVB members attend selected public events to promote oral health and engage with members of the community.
Learn about the Baby to Toddler Show.
Rethink Sugary Drink
The ADAVB supports the Rethink Sugary Drink campaign, which promotes reducing sugary drink consumption to prevent tooth decay and other health issues.
Australian Dental Health Foundation (ADHF)
The ADHF organises free dental treatment for people in need through various charities.
The ADAVB provides in-kind support to the ADHF Victoria/Tasmania through the use of facilities and promotion of their work as needed.
DHSV Oral Cancer Screening and Prevention Program
The Oral Cancer Screening and Prevention Program is an initiative funded by the Department of Health and Human Services under the Victorian Cancer Plan 2016–2020. It aims to improve oral cancer prevention, screening and early diagnosis, and reduce the impact of the disease on Victorians. The program is led by Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) in partnership with the University of Melbourne Dental School, ADAVB, La Trobe University Department of Dentistry and the Department of Health and Human Services, which also funds the program.
The ADAVB supports eviDent Foundation, which facilitates dental practice-based research in dental care and health promotion.
The ADAVB partnered with Quit Victoria, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and Dental Health Services Victoria on the Smokefree Smiles project, which was funded by the DHHS. Smokefree Smiles aimed to integrate an updated smoking cessation ‘brief intervention’ protocol as part of dental consultations. Online training and resources are available to oral health professionals.
Learn about Smokefree Smiles and access online training for oral health professionals.
The Flying Doctor Dental Clinic
The ADAVB collaborates with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Victoria and Dental Health Services Victoria in provision of the Flying Doctor Dental Clinic (FDDC). The FDDC provides oral health practitioners with mobile equipment to deliver dental care to those living in remote areas of Victoria.
Respect Public Dentistry
The ADAVB and Professionals Australia (PA) worked together to represent the workplace rights of public dentists to improve their pay and working conditions. Dentists employed at Victorian public sector dental clinics are now covered by EBAs successfully negotiated by ADAVB/PA.
Victorian Oral Health Alliance
The ADAVB partners with health, professional and consumer bodies to advocate for better access to public dental care through increased public dental funding and shorter waiting times.