Rebuilding Smiles Project takes off in Greater Western Sydney.
Rebuilding Smiles project, Australian Dental Health Foundation has partnered with the Queen of Hearts Community Foundation, delivering a first in NSW.
In recent years, domestic violence has shed its status as a taboo topic, featuring ever more prominently on the nation’s social agenda. Both government and private organisations have launched campaigns and support for victims, initiatives which are having a profound effect by not only drawing attention to this serious issue but are also working to ameliorate its effects and hopefully end it altogether.
In the midst of all this exemplary work however, little attention has been paid to the oral health problems faced by those that have suffered at the hands of domestic violence. Faced with the problems that confront victims, oral health is ignored with potentially dire consequences. Broken, chipped, or missing teeth also have a deleterious impact on the confidence and social performance of these victims. Those most in need of assistance often do not receive it.
The ADHF’s Rebuilding Smiles Programme aims to change all that, providing oral health care to the victims of domestic violence through work done by ADHF volunteers.
QUEEN OF HEARTS DELIVERS SMILES TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
In 2016 a government report identified six Western Sydney Suburbs as domestic violence hotspots. Penrith is currently the second highest area for reported cases of domestic violence and abuse (Source Bocsr). Queen of Hearts Community Foundation has partnered with the Australian Dental Association and Australian Dental Health Foundation to deliver Project ‘Rebuilding Smiles’ to victims of Domestic Violence to Greater Western Sydney and the local Penrith Community, a major first in NSW.
Rebuilding Smiles through the generosity of dental practitioners, will help victims of domestic violence who have little hope of accessing care, smile again.
‘Queen of Hearts Community Foundation provides a free frontline service including case management, counselling and programs within 7-10 days to the most vulnerable is our first priority. It is the turning point in a person’s journey away from domestic violence and child sexual abuse’ said Queen of Hearts Chief Executive Officer, Michele Ellery.
‘Rebuilding Smiles project will allow victims that have experienced domestic violence regain confidence within themselves and assist them in job seeking and greatly reduce any significant dental health issues, when affordability seems so out of reach for many’ said Michele Ellery.