Child fluoride varnish programs implementation: a consensus workshop and actions to increase scale-up in Australia

John Skinner, Yvonne Dimitropoulos, Woosung Sohn, Alexander Holden, Boe Rambaldini, Heiko Spallek, Rahila Ummer-Christian, Stuart Marshall, Kate Raymond, Tom Calma, Kylie Gwynne

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This paper presents the findings of the National Fluoride Varnish Workshop in 2018 along with subsequent actions to scale-up the use of fluoride varnish nationally in Australia. The use of fluoride varnish programs to prevent dental caries in high-risk child populations is an evidence-based population health approach used internationally. Such programs have not been implemented at scale nationally in Australia. A National Fluoride Varnish Consensus Workshop was held in Sydney in November 2018 with an aim of sharing the current work in this area being undertaken by various Australian jurisdictions and seeking consensus on key actions to improve the scale-up nationally. Forty-four people attended the Workshop with oral health representatives from all Australian state and territory health departments, as well as the Australian Dental Association (ADA) at both NSW branch and Federal levels. There was strong support for further scale-up of fluoride varnish programs nationally and to see the wider use of having non-dental professionals apply the varnish. This case study identifies key actions required to ensure scale-up of systematic fluoride varnish programs as part of a strategic population oral health approach to preventing dental caries among high-risk children who may not routinely access dental care.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1029
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalHealthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2021

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  • fluoride varnish
  • dental assistants
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • oral health
  • implementation science
  • scale-up


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