Australian Dental Association
The ADHF’s main benefactor and Trustee is the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the peak national professional body representing over 15,000 registered dentists engaged in clinical practice (both public and private), and students of dentistry. Following its establishment of the ADHF in 2008, the ADA has continued to support the Foundation’s work through donations as well as bringing other supporters on board.
Pacific Smiles Group
Through its association with the National Dental Foundation, the Pacific Smiles Group continues as the ADHF’s major industry sponsor of the volunteer dental programs. Pacific Smiles Group provides ongoing generous financial support to enable the ADHF to coordinate the Dental Rescue Days and Adopt a Patient programs which deliver dental treatment to disadvantaged Australians.
With a focus on improving dental health overall throughout the community, Pacific Smiles Group highlighted that their decision to become the Major Industry Sponsor of ADHF Volunteer Programs is “an extension of its long-term commitment to the ADHF. Many of our people already give their time willingly and freely to support and provide dental services on Dental Rescue Days and the Adopt-a-Patient and Rebuilding Smiles programs, while our organisation also provides facilities and consumables at no cost. This next step in formalising our support is one we are very proud of and which we look forward to developing into the future.”
David Owen, Chairman of the ADHF Advisory Board said, “Without the strong support of the Pacific Smiles Group many of our activities would be severely curtailed. Its ongoing support is central to the success of ADHF and we look forward to continuing this bond.”
Adelaide Laboratories proudly support the Foundation by donating prosthetics and laboratory services to volunteer dentists who provide treatment to ADHF patients.
Amalgadent Dental Supplies
Amalgadent has made a significant donation of dental instruments to St Pat’s Clinic, a community-based clinic in Fremantle, which provides a regular service to homeless people and other disadvantaged members of the community who are in need of dental treatment.
Australian Dental Industry Association
The support of the ADIA reflects the commitment of the dental industry to strengthening the communities in which we work. ADIA member businesses that actively support the ADHF include Colgate, Dentavision, Henry Schein Halas, Praktika, Race Dental, and SDI.
BOQ Specialist has been a long-term supporter of our volunteers in South Australia by providing morning tea for hard-working staff members during their Dental Rescue Day. BOQ also deliver the end of year gifts to volunteer practices, in partnership with Sirona.
Colgate-Palmolive Pty Limited
Following the launch of the Rebuilding Smiles program, Colgate-Palmolive immediately indicated its willingness to provide assistance in helping to establish and expand this initiative.
“Colgate Oral Care has worked for many decades to help improve the oral health of Australians through free education initiatives for children’s oral health and through support for the education of dental practitioners. Colgate is also very active in promoting oral health to communities of need and is pleased to partner with the ADHF in their Rebuilding Smiles campaign. Colgate recognised the value of the ADHF’s initiative to rebuild smiles and saw this as a good opportunity to join forces with the ADHF to help many deserving Australians access the dental care they need. Colgate hopes that participants in the program will not only be able to help access fundamental dental care but will, in appropriate cases, be able to receive some more complex care to enable them to have their oral care restored to provide them with the confidence necessary to participate fully in society. We wish all those involved the very best success.” (Dr. Susan Cartwright, Scientific Affairs Manager, Colgate Oral Care).
Henry Schein Halas
Henry Schein has been a long term supporter of the National Dental Foundation’s programs through generous donations of materials to the volunteers around Australia. More recently, Henry Schein has become a significant supporter of the St Pat’s Clinic, a community-based clinic in Fremantle, which provides a regular service to homeless people and other disadvantaged members of the community.
Mars Wrigley Foundation
Established in 1987, the Mars Wrigley Foundation aspires to support people and the planet through oral health education, environmental stewardship, and local community partnerships. For more than 25 years, Wrigley has supported independent, clinical research into the benefits of chewing gum including saliva stimulation and plaque acid neutralization. The EXTRA Oral Healthcare Program supports oral health professionals in the promotion of oral health benefits of chewing sugar-free gum as part of a regular oral care routine.
Facilitated by Give2Asia, the Mars Wrigley Foundation is supporting the ADHF Community Service Grants which enable dentists, students of dentistry, and teams of allied dental professionals to help improve the oral health of some of Australia’s most deprived communities.
MDDI Single Use Instruments
MDDI supports the ADHF by generously donating single-use instrument packs containing 3 instruments suitable for the Foundation’s volunteers to use in general consultations.
Oceanic Dental Laboratory
Oceanic Dental Laboratory is a proud supporter of the ADHF. By providing pro bono laboratory services and products in support of ADHF programs, they are in a position to deliver positive outcomes for some of the most disadvantaged members of the Australian community.
Praktika has supported the National Dental Foundation through the donation of online practice management software. This donation has enabled the Foundation to accurately record the treatment provided to patients and to also measure the program’s success by recording the number and value of the services.
“The provision of this software support has been integral to the success of our activities. Without it, proper coordination of our activities would be compromised. We are grateful for this support.” (Dr. David Digges, Vice Chairman of the ADHF)
A long-time supporter of the ADHF (and previously, the National Dental Foundation) Race Dental provides pro bono laboratory and prosthetic services to the Foundation. Race Dental is a family run business with 80 years experience in laboratory services and the Foundation is grateful for their ongoing commitment to improving the oral health of Australia.
Southern Cross Dental Laboratories
Southern Cross Dental provides pro bono laboratory service to patients referred by the ADHF.
“Without this generosity, many of our patients would not be able to complete their course of care. To have these prosthetic services donated allows many patients, who have suffered long term dental issues, to achieve functionality for their dentition and ongoing good oral health”. (Dr. David Digges, Vice Chairman of the ADHF)
Straumann Australia has made a financial donation to the ADHF and in addition, has generously offered its services and expertise to assist in the provision of prosthetic products and services to patients who are obtaining treatment under the Foundation’s programs.