As part of a $6 million Royalties for
Regions Ear, Eye and Oral Health Initiative, health workers will soon be
able to apply fluoride varnish to help prevent dental decay among children in
The WA Fluoride Varnish
Service includes oral health assessment, advice on disease prevention, and the
implementation of the fluoride varnish program.
The Ear, Eye and Oral Health
Initiative brings together three elements critical to regional development:
1. Human resources for the provision of primary health
care and specialist management
2. Workforce development for the support and up-skilling of
Aboriginal health workers
timeliness in assessing and reviewing children with ear, eye or oral health
“This Royalties for Regions funding
will help develop a more sustainable health care system in remote communities
across regional WA,” said Minister Redman.
Training in fluoride varnish
application will be offered to Aboriginal health workers, school health and
child health nurses, and remote area nurses in early 2015.