Our mission is to address the inequality between those Australians who can access the dental care they need, and those who can’t. We want better access to quality dental care for all Australians regardless of their financial, geographical or social situation.
What we do
The Australian Dental Health Foundation seeks to improve the dental health of Australians who cannot easily access or afford dental care.
Our team around Australia coordinates the delivery of pro bono dental treatment to disadvantaged members of the community. The Foundation accepts referrals to the Volunteer Dental Programs for clients who are being supported by a registered charity or not for profit organisation. Dentists volunteer their time, expertise and practice facilities to provide treatment at no cost to eligible patients. In 2018-19, our volunteers delivered treatment to the value of around $1,050,000 and this was made possible with the generous financial and in-kind support from our Sponsors and supporters.
The ADHF also funds programs that encourage better oral health outcomes and reduce the inequality of access to education within the community through our Community Service Grants, Indigenous Study Grants and oral health education projects.
In August 2017, the ADA Foundation merged with the National Dental Foundation. The merger will rationalise the provision of volunteer dental services in Australia and make their delivery more efficient. With the newly merged Foundation named the Australian Dental Health Foundation, we will continue to focus on projects that improve Australia’s oral health.
Formed in 2008, the ADA Foundation commenced with dentists across Australia coming together to improve the oral health of disadvantaged Australians. Dentists around the country have volunteered their time or made financial contributions to support needy Australians and to help provide resources where they are needed most.
The National Dental Foundation was established in 2004 to provide a well organised and structured platform to enable those in the dental industry to step up and make a direct contribution to help disadvantaged members of our society. Volunteer practitioners around Australia have provided pro bono dental treatment to thousands of patients via the Dental Rescue Day and Adopt a Patient programs.
Find out more about the National Dental Foundation.