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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin May 2011
12 MAY 2011 latest news THE AUSTRALIAn dEnTAL ASSOCIATIOn And THE WRIGLEY COMPAnY fOUndATIOn TAkE ACTIOn TO IMPROvE AUSTRALIA’S ORAL HEALTH The Australian Dental Association (ADA) is calling for all members to get involved in The Wrigley Company Foundation ADA Community Service Grants program, a new community initiative that is designed to encourage dentists to plan and implement community health programs in their local communities and to help to raise the standard of oral healthcare and education in Australia. ORAL HEALTH In AUSTRALIA: A bLEAk PICTURE The latest statistics paint a bleak picture of oral health in Australia and highlight the need to try something different to meet the needs of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities. It is interesting to note: • The average Australian is expected to suffer severe tooth decay in at least 10 teeth by the time they reach their 30’s 1 • The most at-risk communities for serious tooth decay include people from low income or single parent families, people living in rural or remote areas, nursing homes and indigenous communities2 • About one third of Australians cannot access dental care when they need it AbOUT THE WRIGLEY COMPAnY fOUndATIOn Established in 1987, The Wrigley Company Foundation has distributed more than USD$47 million to non-profit organisations around the world. The mission of The Wrigley Company Foundation is to improve the health of all people and the planet through sustainable initiatives focused on oral health and environmental stewardship, as well as local activities that will ensure a healthy community. THE WRIGLEY COMPAnY fOUndATIOn AdA COMMUnITY SERvICE GRAnTS In a bid to improve Australia’s oral health, The Wrigley Company joined forces with the ADA to mark the introduction of The Wrigley Company Foundation ADA Community Service Grants program. “We are delighted to be working with the ADA to pilot these exciting community grants in Australia – we believe this program has the potential to make a real difference to the oral health and education of some of our most in-need communities,” said Hamish Thomson, Wrigley Pacific Managing Director. An initiative of Give2Asia in partnership with the The Wrigley Company Foundation,The Wrigley Company Foundation ADA Community Service Grants program was officially launched at the recent Australian Dental Congress in Brisbane. Up to seven USD$5,000 grants will be awarded as part of the program across all states and territories nationwide. Applicants must be a dentist or currently enrolled dental student and must hold a current ADA membership. All applications must demonstrate how each project aims to improve their local community’s oral health and education. “We look forward to receiving some very high quality entries, as we know that Australian dentists are passionate about improving the oral health of the communities in which they live and work,” continued Mr Thomson. Dr Shane Fryer, President of the ADA, said that the program will make a significant contribution to Australia’s oral health and called for ADA members and the industry to get involved. “We are pleased to partner with The Wrigley Company Foundation for this important initiative to help raise access to oral healthcare and education in Australia. I would encourage members to get onboard and apply – it’s not often we’re given this kind of opportunity to make such a difference to our communities,” said Dr Fryer. GET InvOLvEd To become involved and make a contribution to improving the oral health of some of Australia’s most at-risk communities, applicants must be registered members of the ADA. “As a professional Association, we are aware of the importance of oral health access and education in maintaining a strong practice of daily routine amongst Australians and believe that The Wrigley Company Foundation ADA Community Service Grants program will help to address some of the key concerns around oral healthcare in this country. I would urge all members to participate and get onboard with this initiative,” said Dr Fryer. Applications for The Wrigley Company Foundation ADA Community Service Grants are now open and will close 30 June 2011. Successful applicants will be announced during the ADA’s Dental Health Week (1-7 August 2011). For further information and to access an application form please visit: www.ada.org.au References supplied are available on request from firstname.lastname@example.org
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