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Be part of our ongoing fluoridation campaign

Fluoridation course running at ADA NSW CPD

Be part of our ongoing fluoridation campaign by informing patients about the health benefits of water fluoridation. On Friday, 22 June, Dr Brendan White and Dr Michael Foley will present an 'Update on Water Fluoridation' at ADA NSW CPD in St Leonards featuring 3.5 CPD hours.

Gain confidence in:
  • Providing evidence-based information on fluorides and water fluoridation to individuals, community groups and councils
  • Advocating better dental health for Australians
  • Responding to anti-fluoridation arguments
  • Recommending and appropriately using fluorides in the dental surgery.
For more information and to register online, click here.

Water fluoridation to be extended in Bega Valley

You can read about our recent campaign efforts in the March issue of the NSW Dentist. A copy of the latest article is included below.

From left to right: Dr Belinda Cardwell, ADA NSW Member, Merimbula; Dr Sarah Raphael, ADA NSW Policy Advisor; Kate Miranda, ADA NSW Head of Communications and Public Affairs; Dr Gabriel Maratheftis, ADA NSW Member, Eden; Kim Arlington, ADA NSW Media Advisor.

In total, nine local council areas in NSW that are suitable for water fluoridation remain without it. In the Bega Valley, only one of four public water supplies has fluoridated water. Expanding community water fluoridation throughout the shire to those residents connected to town water supply has been under strong consideration and the subject of much local debate.
Prior to the Bega Valley Shire Council meeting on Wednesday 21 February, ADA NSW’s Communications team, comprising the Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Kate Miranda,  Advocacy and Policy Advisor, Dr Sarah Raphael and Media Advisor, Kim Arlington, travelled to Bega to brief councillors directly on the evidence and oral health benefits of water fluoridation. They also took the opportunity to meet with local members of the profession.

At the briefing, ADA NSW presented the councillors with an open letter from 16 leading health bodies, community organisations and professional bodies supporting community water fluoridation.

At its meeting the Council voted 6-2 to extend fluoridation to two more local water supplies. Bega Valley has a population of around 33,000 and ADA NSW has campaigned for this outcome for all Shire residents on those supplies.
Oberon Council in the state’s central west is currently considering whether to re-visit its position not
to fluoridate the water. Education on the safety and benefits of water supply fluoridation is, in the view of ADA NSW, a responsibility for all members of the profession to consider as both an individual and group accountability. As far back as 60 years ago, the advocacy for, and success of, introducing community water fluoridation was being hailed as a selfless contribution by the profession of dentistry and that recognition still exists today.

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