Australia’s Oral Health Tracker wins major international award

8 September 2018

Launched on World Oral Health Day on 20 March this year, Australia’s Oral Health Tracker (the Tracker) has won a prestigious oral health promotion award at this year’s FDI World Dental Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Developed in collaboration with the Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC) and other leading Australian oral health experts, the Tracker is a world-first initiative that is intended as national report card that sets out oral health improvement targets for all Australians. 

The hope is that by highlighting the intrinsic link between oral health and the conditions and risk factors of preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes, that the nation’s leaders will be emboldened to work towards effectively addressing the oral health burden in Australia, as well as preventing and better managing the resultant chronic diseases. 

The award was accepted by the Deputy CEO & General Manager, Policy, Eithne Irving during the formal launch for World Oral Health Day 2019. Ms. Irving made a well-received presentation at the Congress on the development and use of the Tracker and its important role in shaping the approach to tackling oral health issues in Australia.