Our charitable orthodontic initiatives

At Victoria Park Dental Specialists, our concern goes beyond the dental chair.

Our practice is highly involved in not only our local community but our global community as well. Principal orthodontist Dr Helen McLean and Victoria Park Dental Specialists are determined to spread the goodwill of our dentistry to those who need it most. We have four main initiatives that we like to focus on in achieving our goals of better dental health for everyone, regardless of circumstance.

ASO Give A Smile

The ASO Give A Smile program is an initiative started by the Australian Society of Orthodontists. The aim of the program is to enable children in lower income families have a smile they wouldn’t usually be able to afford. Each year, our practice welcomes one child to our practice that will receive the orthodontic treatment they need and deserve, free of charge. This initiative is just one small way we can give back to a person in our Victoria Park Dental Specialists community.

University of Adelaide School of Dentistry

In addition to our patients, Victoria Park Dental Specialists looks forward to the betterment of dentistry as a whole. This belief is why we donate to the University of Adelaide’s School of Dentistry. Adelaide University is the third oldest University in Australia and ranks as one of the best in the world. The school of dentistry offers both undergraduate and postgraduate education, as well as continued professional development and research in the field of dentistry. It is important to us that we see the field of dentistry grow and improve through the hard work of those attending the school.

ASO Foundation for Research and Education

In addition to Adelaide University, our charitable initiatives also extend to the Australian Society of Orthodontists Foundation for Research and Education. We donate much time and money to the betterment of this foundation and the programs they pursue. The three major areas that the ASO foundation target is:

  • Funding and teaching support for all accredited Australian university’s teaching orthodontics.
  • Research grants and donations to students and members to fund and encourage orthodontic research.
  • Sharing of best practices in orthodontics via a number of initiatives including national meetings held every two years.

Sponsor a teacher in Vietnam at the Long Hai Centre for Social Protection of Children and pay her wages to teach poor children that cannot afford to attend school.

Long Hai Centre for Social Protection of Children

Outside of Adelaide, Victoria Park Dental Specialists and Dr McLean have a special bond with the Long Hai Centre for Social Protection of Children in Vietnam. Currently, Dr McLean sponsors a teacher at the centre and pays for her wages. The centre provides education for those less fortunate children that cannot afford to attend a typical school in Vietnam.

This comes in addition to Dr McLean’s continued work with the Long Tan Dental Clinic where she recently completed her sixth visit. This enthusiasm for charitable work in Vietnam rubbed off on her son, who has accompanied her on the last two trips.

Victoria Park Dental Specialists care about each and every one of our patients, no matter their situation.

If you would like to hear more about our work, then feel free to contact one of our friendly staff today or take a further look at our blogs and social media.