Taking Dental Care to Vietnam

Monday, December 17, 2012

Each year, a group of dental health practitioners travels to rural villages as part of the Rotary Australia-Vietnam Dental Health (RAVDH) Project, which was established to improve oral health and aid health promotion in Vietnam, provide primary dental care for children and to improve local school-based disease prevention programs.

In 2010, the RAVDH, the Oral Health CRC and the Nossal Institute for Global Health hosted a symposium on Vietnam-Australian oral health initiatives. The symposium strengthened relations between oral health institutions in Australia and Vietnam and resulted in a collaborative effort to encourage and support student exchange visits between the two countries.

This initiative has so far been a success, with two students from the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology in Ho Chi Minh City visiting Melbourne and rural Victoria in August this year. Dr Robertson expects this exchange program will continue in 2013 and may include students from specialist disciplines.

Read more in this month's University of Melbourne VOICE