The Souths Cares Indigenous Oral Health Program was developed in 2013 to address the needs of Indigenous children experiencing significantly poorer oral health outcomes in comparison to non-Indigenous children.

The program is built upon sound health promotion principles, including focusing on early intervention and prevention of diseases rather than curing health issues after they develop.

“Investing in young people’s oral health at an early age will result in reduced long term health care problems,” General Manager of Souths Cares, Brock Schaefer said.

“The Program generally involves visiting primary schools and delivering oral health care education sessions that are facilitated by Souths Cares Ambassadors and Rabbitohs players.

“These sessions focus on nutrition, healthy lifestyles and oral health care and hygiene.”

Souths Cares enjoys a robust relationship with a number of organisations who help the charity in the delivery of the initiative.

“In particular, we are very grateful for the ongoing assistance and support of our Principle Partner, the NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy, who provide up-to-date research and other resources on the well-being of many Indigenous communities around NSW,” said Brock.

“This information helps Souths Cares to better target communities where the need for oral health education and assessments are needed.

“While travelling to remote and rural areas, the program includes free oral health checks by The Poche Centre’s mobile dental clinic.

“Our country program recipients also have access to an NRL Football Clinic that is geared towards promoting teamwork, fair play, physical activity and healthy lifestyles.”

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