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December 2018

5 people on stage with award jpeg IHF president Dr Francisco Balestrin, DHSV chief oral health officer Martin Hall, Dr Kwang Tae Kim, DHSV board chair Dr Zoe Wainer and IHF awards judging panel chair Dr Lawrence Lai.

Dental health strategy earns global gong

Dental Health Services Victoria has been announced as the gold winner of the International Hospital Federation (IHF)/Dr Kwang Tae Kim grand award in the 2018 IHF Awards.

Dr Kim is a lifelong honorary member of the IHF.

During his presidency between 2013 and 2015, he initiated the awards program.

It celebrates and recognises demonstrable excellence, innovations and outstanding achievements in the healthcare industry around the world.

DHSV was recognised for its Value-based healthcare: a new approach to improve oral health outcomes initiative at the recent World Hospital Congress held in Brisbane.

The award recognises that DHSV, as the lead public oral health agency in Victoria, is undertaking a major change in how public oral health care is provided to its patients.

DHSV’s move to value based health care (VBHC) focuses on achieving the best outcomes for people in a cost-effective way.

This approach is partnering with consumers and staff to help drive better health outcomes.

‘With oral disease one of the most common and costly health problems experienced by Australians, our move towards VBHC will focus on prevention and early intervention to assist in reducing the number of avoidable hospital admissions caused by dental conditions’ said DHSV Chief Executive Officer Deborah Cole.

‘It is important that our health care is centred on the needs of our patients by providing the right services and health care professionals in the right locations for people to access’ Dr Cole said.

This global award recognises that DHSV’s roll-out of its innovative program has the potential to fundamentally change how oral health is delivered and reduce the overwhelming burden of oral disease, particularly for vulnerable groups and those experiencing disadvantage in the community.