Dental Rescue Day and Adopt a Patient Programs
Since 2004, the National Dental Foundation has coordinated the delivery of pro-bono basic dental treatment to disadvantaged members of the community. Following a merger with the ADA Foundation, the Programs continue with our State Coordinators working with local charities, not for profit organisations and dental professionals who volunteer their time, materials and expertise to improve the oral health of referred patients. Through the generosity of our supporters, patients are able to access laboratory services and may be referred for specialist treatment.
The Dental Rescue Day program sees treatment provided by dentists in their own practice through the allocation of a full or half day to treat a number of referred patients. Under the Adopt a Patient program, volunteer dentists are paired with one patient in need of dental care with the practice ‘adopting’ the patient over a few appointments to complete a course of pro-bono treatment. During the 2016-2017 financial year, our volunteers delivered treatment worth $808,000 to over 1,200 deserving patients.
The success of the volunteer Programs has been made possible with the support of our Major Sponsor, Pacific Smiles Group.
Rebuilding Smiles ®
The Rebuilding Smiles program® provides pro bono dental treatment to deserving Australians who are otherwise unable to access it. Consistent with COAG’s National Oral Health Plan, the program aims to provide assistance to those who are socially disadvantaged, on low incomes or who live in remote areas, with an initial focus on victims of domestic violence. Dental treatment is provided by volunteer dentists to clients referred by support agencies which assist families experiencing domestic violence.
In recent years, domestic violence has shed its status as a taboo topic, featuring ever more prominently on the nation’s social agenda. Both government and private organisations have launched campaigns and support for victims; initiatives which are having a profound effect by not only drawing attention to this serious issue but are also working to ameliorate its effects and hopefully end it altogether.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and have been unable to access dental care, please discuss this with your support agency which can refer you to the Foundation for assistance.
Indigenous Scholarship Program
The aim of the Scholarship Program is to reduce the inequality that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Noting that the delivery of dental care to Indigenous Australians is enhanced if that care is provided by an Indigenous practitioner, the ADHF has established an annual series of scholarships and grants specifically to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who undertake studies in dental hygiene and/or Oral Health therapy at chosen TAFEs and Universities. The Scholarship Program, which supplements the ADA’s Study Grants for Indigenous Dentist Students, aims to encourage Indigenous hygiene and therapy graduates to take their skills back to their community, combining their local knowledge and training to offer appropriate dental support and education.
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship please visit Study Grants for Indigenous Dental Hygienist and Oral Health Therapy Students
Community Service Grants
Since 2011, the ADHF has partnered with Wrigley to provide funding to support community based oral health programs. The Community Service Grants are awarded to volunteer dentists and dental students, encouraging them to implement oral health community service, education, and preventative care in some of the highest risk and most disadvantaged communities across Australia. Multiple grants worth over $130,000 are provided annually to deserving projects.
For more information please visit Community Service Grants
Oral Health Education
The ADHF, in association with community groups, provides oral health education and resources to the community, with a focus on young Australians. The ADHF recognises that early education about oral health practices helps instil a habit of long term good oral health leading to a reduced need for significant dental treatment later in life.
What you can do
To volunteer or become a sponsor of any of these projects, please contact the Development Officer for more information.
T: 02 8815 3346