Heartfelt support for the vulnerable

Westmead oral health therapists Nyssa Cantara and Lavaniya Thevarajah provide free dental health checks.

This week, Westmead Hospital’s oral health team headed out to Centenary Square in Parramatta to provide oral health advice as part of the Western Sydney Homeless Connect event (WSHC).

WSHC connects people experiencing homelessness in western Sydney with frontline support, including housing, legal and government services, with the common goal of providing a safe space for the vulnerable.

The WSHC event has been running for five years and reaches around 15,000 people annually.

Along with health checks, it provides warm meals, haircuts, care packs, pet checks and coffee.

Westmead Hospital’s oral health team provided dental assessments, advice and products.

WSLHD oral health promotion co-ordinator Michelle McNab with oral health therapists Nyssa Cantara and Lavaniya Thevarajah.

Michelle McNab, WSLHD oral health promotion co-ordinator, said the team’s participation was a success.

“We received a great response from the public with a huge turn-out,” she said.

“We provided oral health checks and hygiene advice in our donated dental van, and we assisted attendees to access health services.”

For more information about the WSHC, visit: https://www.wshc.com.au/2017wshc

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