Oral Health Promotion Research Group (Irish Link) - Dental Health Foundation Bursary 2007

OHPRG Winners 2007Marie Sheehy (centre) and Dr John Jones being presented with the Bursary Award by Patricia Gilsenan-O'Neill from the Dental Health FoundatioThe 4th Annual Conference of the Oral Health Promotion Research Group (Irish Link) took place on Friday, 27th April 2007 in the Tullamore Court Hotel.

The theme was "Communication - How to do it Better...."

The Dental Health Foundation Bursary Award was presented at the meeting. The 2007 winners were Marie Sheehy and Siobhan O'Shea with the support of their Principal Dental Surgeon Dr John Llewelyn Jones.

Their study evaluated an oral health promotion programme for 1st year students in secondary schools. This pilot study conducted in four secondary schools of West Kerry adopted a series of five processes in planning, implanting and evaluating an oral health promotion programme for 1st year students. It strived to establish evaluation as its core element and the principles of persuasive communication in its delivery.

The results indicated that the approach had a significant and positive impact upon oral health knowledge and attitude of the recipients. They concluded that the approach should be tested upon other oral health promotion initiatives.