World Oral Health Day celebrated at Alexandra Gardens in Rockhampton

Staff at our Alexandra Gardens aged care home in Rockhampton attended an information session with a CQUniversity Bachelor of Oral Health student as part of World Oral Health Day on Monday.

Our staff received valuable insights to enhance their support of residents’ oral health care while Daniel Mackay, a third year student, gained quality practical experience.

Sandra Thomson, Executive Manager – Residential & Chief Clinical Officer, said that oral health is a significant factor affecting quality of life for older people. Tooth loss, tooth decay, gum disease, dry mouth and oral cancers are experienced by older people. Oral health is an important part of every person’s care plan to manage and/or prevent these conditions.

“Everyone has something to gain from opportunities such as this information session on World Oral Health Day.

“Alexandra Gardens and CQUniversity have a strong collaborative relationship that consistently results in positive outcomes for all of us,” said Sandra.

Daniel’s teacher, Melissa Plath, said, “It was a great experience for Daniel and the staff gained important knowledge to assist in the care of residents at Alexandra Gardens.”

CQU student with PresCare staff at oral health care information session
CQU student, Daniel MacKay delivers an oral health care information session to PresCare Alexandra Gardens staff

About World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day is celebrated globally every year on 20 March. It is organised by FDI World Dental Federation. World Oral Health Day launched in 2013 to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and its significance in safeguarding general health and well-being. This is done through an international awareness campaign created and launched by FDI World Dental Federation, adapted and promoted locally by national dental associations in over 140 countries worldwide.