Sir Brian Bell Foundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation1 day ago
World Oral Health Day – Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health. Health Information on Oral Health - Part 2 of 2.

Oral cancer
Oral cancer includes cancers of the lip and all parts of the oral cavity and oropharynx and is one of the 10 most common cancers in the world. In some Asian-Pacific countries, the incidence of oral cancer ranks among the top three cancers, with tobacco, alcohol and areca nut (betel quid) use among the leading causes. Oral cancer is most prevalent among middle-aged men, but women and younger people are increasingly affected according to the World Dental Federation.

If you notice any changes in your oral health such as swelling or a sore on your lip that won't heel, white or red patches on the mouth, tongue or gums, difficult or painful swallowing bleeding or numbness in the mouth or changes in speech see your oral health professional as soon as possible. You can reduce your risk of oral cancer by:
Quitting smoking: Smoking or using tobacco in any form is a major cause of cancer affecting the mouth and the throat and can also cause teeth staining, bad breath, premature tooth loss, and loss of taste and smell. A smoker will halve their risk of developing oral cancer within five years after quitting, don’t delay, quit today.

Reducing alcohol intake: Alcohol use is a risk factor for many cancer types including cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colorectal and breast according to WHO. Risk of cancer increases with the amount of alcohol consumed. For several types of cancer, heavy drinking of alcohol combined with tobacco use substantially increases the risks of cancer. In 2010, alcohol-attributable cancers were estimated to be responsible for 337,400 deaths worldwide, predominantly among men. If you do consume alcohol it is important to only drink alcohol in moderation.

Don’t chew betel nut: WHO has classed betel nut as a carcinogen, many studies have shown a convincing link between betel nut use and cancer of the mouth and oesophagus. The Journal of the American Dental Association reports that betel nut users are at a higher risk for oral submucous fibrosis an incurable condition which causes stiffness in the mouth and loss of jaw movement. Regular chewing can also cause gum irritation, tooth decay, and permanently stained teeth. If you chew betel nut it is important to talk to your doctor about ways to quit.

Be sun smart: Extended sun exposure, without protection can increase your risk of cancer of the lips. Cover up with sunscreen, a lip balm with sun protection and wear a hat when outdoors.

Eat your vegetables: Eating well is a simple way to improve your general health and reduce your risk of oral cancer. Eating at least eight serves of vegetables per week, compared to three or less, decreases your risk of mouth cancer by 50% according to Dental Services Victoria. Sweet foods and drinks should also be avoided to lower risk of tooth decay.

Brush and floss: Remember to brush your teeth twice daily and floss to prevent a number of oral health conditions including oral cancers. Check your mouth regularly for unusual sores and see a dental health professional regularly.

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Sir Brian Bell Foundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation2 days ago
World Oral Health Day – Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health. Health Information on Oral Health - Part 1 of 2.

Oral Health and Diseases
WHO defines oral health as “a state of being free from chronic mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing. Oral diseases are the most common noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and affect people throughout their lifetime, causing pain, discomfort, disfigurement and death according to World Health Organization (WHO). The Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 estimated that oral diseases affected half of the world’s population (3.58 billion people) with tooth decay in permanent teeth being the most prevalent condition assessed. Seven oral diseases and conditions account for most of the oral disease burden which include dental caries (tooth decay), periodontal (gum) diseases, oral cancers, oral manifestations of HIV, oro-dental trauma, cleft lip and palate, and noma. The burden of oral diseases and other NCDs can be reduced by addressing common risk factors including promoting a well-balanced diet: low in free sugars to prevent development of dental caries, premature tooth loss and other diet-related NCDs; with adequate fruit and vegetable intake, which may have a protective role in oral cancer prevention; reducing smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco including chewing of areca nuts, and alcohol consumption to reduce the risk of oral cancers, periodontal disease and tooth loss; and encouraging use of protective equipment when doing sports and travelling in motor vehicles to reduce the risk of facial injuries.

How to brush your teeth correctly
Daily brushing and cleaning your teeth are important to remove build-up of plaque which left untouched can cause tooth decay and gum disease. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, or when the bristles get worn or frayed. Brush your teeth correctly using the 6 steps below:
1. Aim the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line.
2. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
3. Use a gentle circular motion.
4. Repeat on the inside surfaces.
5. Use a light back and forth motion on the chewing surfaces.
6. Spit out the toothpaste after brushing. You do not need to rinse, as the small amount of fluoridated toothpaste left in your mouth after spitting continues to protect against tooth decay.

We will be posting more useful information on Oral Health tomorrow, please check back soon. To download one of our health information posters or brochures please visit:
Sir Brian Bell Foundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation3 days ago
First Aid in Schools has successfully kicked off in 2019.

After a successful pilot program in 2018 which saw 2,000 students complete basic first aid training in three Secondary Schools (Badihagwa, Marianville and KilaKila), the St John Ambulance First Aid in Schools program in partnership with Department of Education has signed up Seven Secondary schools for the 2019 academic year. Our dynamic First Aid in Schools team currently attending schools aim to provide students a better understanding of first Aid lifesaving skills, what to do in an emergency when someone is sick or injured. There is also emphasis on prevention better than cure.

De La Salle Secondary the first to participate last week, which saw 402 year nine students over Seven days receive basic first aid training. Despite it being a very challenging with a large number of students attending each day, roughly 60 per class the students were happy to participate, listen and learn from our First Aid in Schools training team. A range of topics were covered including basic First Aid, Being Self-aware is to care, consent, hygiene and handwashing, St John Action Plan, snake bites, fractures, chocking, childbirth, burns and dangers to be aware of during an emergency. This knowledge allows students to take their new learnings and workbooks back to their homes and communities.

Mr. Paofa, class patron of 9 green, De La Salle Secondary, said: “on behalf of all year 9 students, class patrons, De La Salle Secondary principal, and staff sincerely expressed his heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to our FAIS team for delivering this program to their Year 9 students”.

Zoe Saulep, First Aid in Schools Program Coordinator said “Our FAIS team hopes that what the students’ have learned will equip them with the knowledge and confidence to save a life of an injured or ill person in the case of an accident or emergency and take their learnings back home and into their communities. First Aid saves lives! Thank you, SBBF, for having faith in this program and strongly supporting it, we wouldn’t have done this if it wasn’t for SBBF’s continuous funding and support, I hear a lot of people talking positively about our program, and it makes me proud to be part of this tremendous achievement!”

With growing interest, the Sir Brian Bell Foundation alongside St John Ambulance PNG aims to take the First Aid in Schools program across all of PNG in the coming years.
Sir Brian Bell Foundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation3 days ago
World Oral Health Day – March 20th 2019 “Say Ahh, Act on Mouth Health”.

The Sir Brian Bell Foundation proudly supports World Oral Health Day and provides a great deal of support to this often hidden health requirement via various means including providing funding to organisations that focus on oral health. Oral diseases, such as tooth decay and gum disease, are widespread and preventable through proper self-care, regular dental check-ups, managing risk factors and education. Some of the biggest risks that PNG people take with Oral health is smoking, drinking and chewing betel nut. Oral health is a key indicator of overall health, wellbeing and quality of life, the Sir Brian Bell Foundation urges everyone to get take a look at their oral health habits and see your oral health provider for a check-up.

World Oral Heath Day 2019
World Oral Health Day celebrated on 20th March every year is an international day to promote good oral health for everyone and empower individuals to maintain a healthy mouth at all ages. The theme of the 2019 World Oral Health Day (WOHD) campaign is ‘Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health’. Millions of people around the globe continue to suffer from poor oral health and the growing burden of oral disease demands action on an individual, family and community level. Poor oral health extends far beyond the mouth, taking a serious toll on an individual’s overall health and well-being. The goal of the day is to motivate individuals to take charge of their own oral health by taking action to prevent oral disease and safeguard their overall health. As well as highlight that preventive care is always the best option, but early detection and treatment are also crucial to ensuring the best outcomes against oral disease and associated health complications. WOHD encourages all stakeholders to work together to secure optimal oral health for all and commit to ‘Act on Mouth Health’. For more information head to:
Sir Brian Bell Foundation
Sir Brian Bell Foundation1 week ago
As part of International Women’s Day celebrations last week, the Australian Consulate-General in Lae also got involved! They hosted and attended a range of events, including an insightful lunch with local women leaders which included Flay Clough of Sir Brian Bell Foundation, Nellie McLay of Lae Chamber of Commerce & Industry - PNG, Fiona Gesa of the Morobe Provincial Government, and Karen Kendino Yendetuo of Laga Industries, to discuss ways of working together and empowering women in PNG. Consul-General, Paul Murphy, was honoured as a male “champion” by Soroptimist International of Lae, while Consulate Officer, Nelson Thom, participated in the first ever NRL in PNG - League Bilong Laif and #LaeSnaxTigers Rugby League Girls Fun Day at Lae Secondary School. #PNGAusPartnership #MorePowerfulTogether #IWD2019


Supporting Anglicare PNG

Sir Brian Bell Foundation CEO Bronwyn Wright talks to NBC PNG about the foundations support of K200,000 to Anglicare PNG Inc to address HIV/AIDs in Papua New Guinea.

Interview with Ian Clough on PNG Tonight

WOW, a great interview with the Executive Director, Mr. Ian Clough, Brian Bell Group of Companies and Director, Sir Brian Bell Foundation. We are sure that he’ll be autographing T-Shirts and posters in no time… this family has done so much for PNG and the legacy is continuing.

Welcoming the Swedish U20 FIFA Female World Cup Team
Chairman of Brian Bell Group and Director of SBBF, Trevan G. Clough welcoming the Swedish U20 FIFA Female World Cup Team to PNG. He offered a warm welcome to the team and wished them all the very best during the competition and for their stay while in PNG.
The Right Pitch

By Gorethy Kenneth, Post Courier 21/02/17

DRIVEN for success and looking to expand her knowledge base at Draper University, this 27-year-old lass that you will read about is reaping the benefits of following her dreams.

Roberta Morlin, 27, from Manus and Bougainville, is an exceptionally talented and driven young woman with her very own Papua New Guinea story.

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Sir Brian Bell Foundation Helps St John

The Sir Brian Bell Foundation has provided support to St John Ambulance with K100,000 funding assistance to maintain its operations while working to secure ongoing financial commitments.

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