Working to improve dental health

Written on the 3 June 2014

Working to improve dental health


A private public partnership between the Victorian Collation Government and Colgate will see Tooth Packs distributed in four ‘high risk’ local government areas including, Greater Dandenong.

I recently joined Colgate Scientific Affairs manager Susan Cartwright, Dental Health Services CEO Deborah Cole, Maternal and Child Health professionals, parents and children to launch the program at Springvale Service for Children.

Colgate will provide $60,000 over three years as part of an oral health grant to celebrate the commitment of Ms Barbara Callcott, who was the well-known face of ‘Mrs Marsh.' 

The money will pay for toothpaste and toothbrushes for families accessing Maternal and Child Health Services.

The prevalence of dental decay in Australian children has been steadily declining since the 1970s and 'Mrs Marsh' and Colgate have contributed to this great achievement. Despite the famous media campaign, tooth decay remains the third most common preventable reason children are admitted into hospital in Victoria.

The Coalition Government is working to improve oral health and will spend $16 million during the next four years to help put services where they are needed most. The program is aligned with the Healthy Together Victoria – Action Plan for oral health promotion 2013 – 2017 which was announced by the Minister for Health David Davis last year.

Victoria’s Maternal and Child Health Services are working with the Victorian Coalition government to ensure that all families with children – from birth to school age – can access free health care and health services.


Pictured with Colgate Scientific Affairs manager Susan Cartwright (in red) and Dental Health Services CEO,            Deborah Cole.

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