Department of Health

Oral health planning

Key messages

  • There are resources to help plan and initiate promotion of oral health.
  • The resources are tailored to Victoria and focus on promotion across sectors and organisations.
  • There are evidence-based resources and oral health profiles.

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.

Action plan

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.

Local government

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.

Australia's National Oral Health Plan 2015-2024

Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives: Australia’s National Oral Health Plan 2015–2024 was prepared under the auspices of the COAG Health Council. Its goal is to improve health and wellbeing across the Australian population by improving oral health status and reducing the burden of poor oral health.

Reviewed 18 November 2021


Contact details

Dental Public Health (Oral Health Promotion) Community Based Health Services

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