Innovative Program for Vulnerable Kids is a Winner

Each year, the Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) recognises innovative and pioneering ideas in the public oral health sector.  Link HC’s ground-breaking Keeping Kids Smiling program is the proud winner of the 2016 Oral Health Project of the Year.

The Keeping Kids Smiling (KKS) program was initially created to overcome oral health barriers amongst vulnerable children in the City of Monash. By using a mobile dental van in schools and kindergartens, the team is able to reach children who otherwise may not see a dentist.

KKS has far exceeded its objectives and within the last financial year, has visited 32 primary schools, 17 preschools/kindergartens and opened access to oral health education and care to thousands of children.

Parents were often unaware of their child’s dental problems and the children were able to receive timely dental care to address their problems.

“This is a fantastic achievement by the dedicated KKS team. They are tipping the balance in favour of prevention and early intervention, which will make a valuable difference in these children’s lives,”
– Dr Felicia Valianatos, General Manager for Link HC’s Oral Wellbeing Team.

Link HC’s Oral Wellbeing team’s innovative approach also opened a referral pathway for the  Monash Cancer Centre patients, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne. Link HC accommodated over 100 cancer patients, to see a dental professional and enabled them to commence cancer treatment in a timely manner.  The Oral Wellbeing team was a finalist for the DHSV Public Dental Clinic of the Year award.

For more information, please visit our website at www.linkhc.org.au or call 1300 552 509.

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