Australian Dental Health Foundation


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Australian Dental Health Foundation

“Words cannot express how grateful I am to have had this experience and opportunity to have been assisted by these services.  I would strongly encourage any dentist looking to make a positive difference for those struggling in their community to consider giving the Australian Dental Health Foundation a call to see what they can do to become involved in helping to make more members of our society truly smile”.   Kristine, NDF Patient

“Warren was extremely grateful for his appointment and reported back that he was thrilled with the experience.  He felt that the dentist treated him with respect and looked after his dental requirements really well.  He stated that he felt that he would have lost his tooth if it were not for this appointment.  He could not speak highly enough of his treatment.”  Coordinator NFP.

Overview:

On the 13th September, it was announced that two Foundations - the National Dental Foundation (NDF) and the Australian Dental Association Foundation (ADAF) have merged. The new entity will become the Australian Dental Health Foundation to better reflect the work being done to improve the oral health of Australians by both Foundations. 

This merger will rationalise the voluntary activities already being undertaken by both Foundations, working with the dental community around Australia to ensure dental care is available to disadvantaged Australians and to provide them with the resources and knowledge to care for their own dental health.


Volunteer dentists and support staff donate their time and services to provide pro bono treatment to vulnerable or at risk patients through an Adopt a Patient or a Dental Rescue Day (DRD).  The ADHF NSW State Coordinator liaises with local Not-for-Profit organisations, which are delivery programs that specifically target the patient groups classified as vulnerable or at risk and identify those that are need of dental care and advice.  The primary aim of the program is to enable patients to improve their dental/oral heath, speech, presentation, self-esteem and help them return to being a self-supporting members of the community.  Patients are aged between 18 – 65 years and may be participating in one of the following programs:

  • Domestic & Family Violence Support/accommodation services
  • Drug and/or Alcohol rehabilitation
  • Recovering from a long term injury or illness
  • Near homeless or homeless support/accommodation services
  • Low socioeconomic background support services.
 
How can I access this service?
To be eligible to access this service you need to be aged between 18-65 years, require assistance with dental/oral health and receiving assistance and/or services with a local charity/not for profit in any of the above mentioned programs.

If you are participating in one of the above mentioned programs, you should contact your case worker or service coordinator at the specific charity/not for profit organisation and ask them to contact the NSW State Coordinator, Australian Dental Health Foundation on your behalf to register their participation.  The case worker or service coordinator will then contact you to advice of possible options that may be available within local area/region.

Contact Details
E: wendy.chin@adansw.com.au
M: 0499 191 901