There are a number of key resources available to plan and initiate promotion of oral health in Victoria. The focus of these plans and resources is on prevention and guiding effective strategies for oral health promotion across government, health, educational and community settings, and the workplace.
Context - the Government's key priorities
The Victorian Government's key priorities for the prevention of oral disease are to:
- build partnerships and environments that support good oral health
- improve oral health literacy
- strengthen prevention and early intervention programs
- improve oral health promotion skills within the workforce
- improve population data on oral health status and enhance oral health promotion research.
The Victorian Action Plan to Prevent Oral Disease 2020-30 sets out a vision to achieve good oral health for all Victorians by 2030 and to reduce the gap in oral health for people who are at higher risk of oral disease.
Councils can make an impact on their residents’ oral health by helping to create environments that promote oral health. The Improving Oral Health: Local government action guide has been developed by the Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with Dental Health Services Victoria outlining a range of evidence-informed actions that councils can consider to promote oral health.
Oral health profiles
Oral health profiles have been developed to enable local government to become more involved in promoting oral health in the community.
These statistical profiles of each local government area include population oral health data risk factors that may have an impact on oral health, including smoking rates, alcohol consumption, consumption of fruit and vegetables and soft-drink consumption.
Evidence-based oral health promotion
The Evidence-based Oral Health Promotion Resource 2011 describes oral diseases and their determinants, and indicates the most effective health promotion strategies for prevention.
The resource assists health professionals, policymakers, planners and health promotion practitioners to further promote oral health in Victoria.
Public health and wellbeing plan
The Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 requires the Minister for Health to prepare a State Public Health and Wellbeing Plan every four years from September 2011.
The Victorian public health and wellbeing plan 2019-2023 was released on 1 September 2019.
National oral health plan
Australia’s National Oral Health Plan 2014–2023 is due to be released in August 2015. The plan’s goal is to improve the overall health and wellbeing of Australians by improving oral health and reducing the burden of oral disease.