New research finds oral health is largely missing within Victorian local government plans on public health. Spanning across 8 years, research led by Dental Health Services Victoria in collaboration with the Victorian Department of Health identified a downward trend for recognising good oral health provides important foundations for health and wellbeing. The specific inclusion of oral health within public health planning is warranted for achieving co-benefits for preventing non-communicable diseases such as obesity from a common risk factor approach.

Researchers from Monash University, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne found that a 20% health levy on sugar sweetened beverages is cost-effective. People within the lowest household income had about 10 times the cost-saving benefits compared to highest household income group, and the health benefits were three

It has been more than 10 years since the 2009 Oral Health Messages for the Australian Public were published. Research led by the Melbourne Dental School revised these messages to ensure it reflect current evidence. A total of 11 messages are agreed on by a panel of experts. The updated 2022-23 oral health consensus messages provide an important basis to support oral health promotion efforts in Australia.