Serving all Arabic Speaking Communities

Teeth Tales Research Project

Teeth Tales Research Project

Teeth Tales was a community-based child oral health research project led by The University of Melbourne and Merri Community Health Service.

The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a community-based, culturally competent, child oral health promotion intervention.

The three-year project, funded by the Telstra Community Fund and Dental Health Services Victoria, worked in partnership with the community and explored the social, cultural and environmental determinants of the development of poor child oral health in refugee and migrant communities. Parents and grandparents from Iraqi (Assyrian Chaldean), Pakistani and Lebanese communities participated in focus groups and interviews. Arabic Welfare has been a partner to the project by recruiting participants and supporting participant involvement and commitment to the project.

Group dental visits were organized for all the recruited participants. Arabic Welfare staff also underwent training in order to run sessions about oral health in Arabic for the parents of the recruited participants.

The importance of our involvement in this study was to ensure that our communities become more aware of the importance of oral health and that our community is not disadvantaged in accessing such information.

See Also

Community Capacity Building

  • We have recently completed projects which have addressed issues of community concern, including community safety, crime prevention, health and well-being:

    • Arabic Speaking Youth Inclusion

      Funded by the Department of Justice this project was developed to build participant skills and knowledge in the effort to reduce the incidence of crime and violence within schools, home and the community.

      Through a series of 12 education workshops and in partnership with schools, the project successfully engaged 140 Arabic speaking youth, aged 13 to 16 years.

    • Minutes Matter Media

      This was a community education project that raised awareness of the signs of heart attack amongst Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in partnership with the Heart Foundation.

    • Taking a stand against cyber-bullying

      With funding from Moreland City Council this project ran a parent education programme in Arabic to strengthen the capacity of families to respond to issues of cyber-bullying. 

      The project achieved an increased awareness amongst Arabic speaking parents to keep their children safe online. Participants also developed skills to be peer educators and thus, resource and support other Arabic speaking parents around issues of cyber bullying and children’s safety.