Department of Health seeks proposals for extended dental care initiative

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25th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Department of Health (DH) has invited organisations to submit their proposals for the Healthy Teeth Collaboration (HTC), a programme designed to offer comprehensive dental care and oral health education. This initiative is especially aimed at individuals with autism spectrum disorder, marking a significant broadening of its reach.

Starting from 16th July, 2024, and continuing until 31st March, 2027, the HTC will provide free dental services including behavioural management, conscious sedation, deep sedation, and general anaesthesia. Additionally, the programme includes a strong educational component, aiming to improve oral hygiene among service users and their support networks, including parents, family members, legal guardians, and caregivers.

This call for proposals is targeted at non-profit organisations that are tax-exempt under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112). Eligible applicants must operate at least one dental clinic staffed by a full-time registered dentist and a dental surgery assistant as of the application deadline. Furthermore, at least one dentist involved in the HTC should either have a minimum of five years’ experience working with intellectually disabled or autistic individuals, or must have undergone recognised training in providing dental care to these groups.

The government will evaluate submissions based on the organisations’ compliance with the specified requirements, their experience in managing dental clinics, and their track record in delivering dental services to both the general public and those with intellectual disabilities.

Organisations interested in participating can obtain the invitation documents from the DH’s Adult Special Dental Care Division located at Room 404, 14 Taikoo Wan Road, Hong Kong, or they can request a copy via email at [email protected]. The deadline for submitting applications is 9.30am on 24th May, 2024. It is important to note that late submissions will not be considered.

For further details or enquiries, organisations can contact the Adult Special Dental Care Division at 2692 3700. This initiative not only aims to enhance dental care accessibility for vulnerable populations but also strives to educate and empower communities in maintaining better oral health.