Community service

Healthy Smiles Community Service Grants Now Open

ADA member dentists and dental students with a passion for improving oral health outcomes for disadvantaged groups across Australia can now apply for funding of USD 82,000 (approximately AUD 107,000)*.

The Healthier Smiles Community Service Grants (the Grants), a joint initiative of the Australian Dental Health Foundation and the Mars Wrigley Foundation, provides grantees with the funds needed to implement community-based oral health services, education and preventive care in some of the most at risk and most needy communities across Australia.

With over $800,000 (approximately $1 million AUD*) already invested over a decade in oral health screening, treatment and education, the grants are offering 10 grants of $8,200 each this year ( approximately A$10,780*) to ADA registered or student dentists.

The scholarships have three main objectives:

– Enable the delivery of oral health programs that provide lasting benefits – screening, treatment and education – for disadvantaged groups across Australia.

– Promote the work done by the dental community to address the oral health inequalities faced by disadvantaged members of the Australian community, and

– To ensure that oral health outcomes in Australia continue to improve through improved access, delivery and education.

Among the many former grantees who have made significant contributions to the oral health of disadvantaged Australians are Smyla Australia, whose grant enabled them to educate socio-economically disadvantaged populations in NSW about the importance of oral health. dental.

The program included seminars and information sessions with parents and children on important topics such as sugar and diet, exercise, brushing and flossing techniques, and more. with a clear goal to not only treat patients, but to equip them with the tools to prevent the development of oral diseases. in the first place.

Another recipient was Your Community Health which, as part of the group’s mission to “provide health and wellness services and promote equity”, sought to increase the accessibility of community education services. oral health and disease stabilization for AOD (alcohol and other drugs) clients. in the North Melbourne metropolitan area.


Their program aimed to increase the dental knowledge and health literacy of the people they serve, with the concurrent goals of increasing their access to dental services, access to and use of oral care products and their empower themselves to take charge of their own oral health outcomes.

For a full list of past recipients and to apply for a grant, go to Australian Dental Health Foundation

*The exact amount distributed in Australian dollars may fluctuate depending on the exchange rate at the time of the distribution.

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