Western NSW communities will benefit from a new state-of-the-art mobile dental clinic following its launch in Dubbo on Thursday, 18 September.
Jenni Floyd, Western NSW Local Health District Director of Oral Health Services said the mobile oral health centre would provide a full range of dental services in smaller communities throughout western NSW, reaching out to those clients who need the service most, including Aboriginal people.
Construction of the clinic was funded by the Australian Government through NSW Health under a Closing the Gap strategy to increase access to dental services for Indigenous clients in rural and regional areas.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said that dental health is vital to general health and wellbeing.
“The mobile dental clinic will be able to service a large portion of Western New South Wales and will capture many patients who would otherwise have difficulty in accessing dental care,” said Mr Coulton.
“I encourage residents to make use of this service and for communities to get behind the clinic as it travels throughout the Western Health District.”
The relocatable dental clinic has been constructed by Varley Specialised Vehicles and is a semi-trailer with a large awning, pop-out side and wheelchair access. It has two complete dental surgeries, a sterilising room and reception, waiting and staff areas.
A key feature of the bus is its eye catching artwork which incorporates Aboriginal artwork commissioned by the Health District and key oral health messages.
“Our staff are very excited about working in the mobile clinic in new locations and improving access to dental care. They are currently undergoing training on use of the clinic and the new dental equipment on board,” Jenni said.
“Communities to receive the mobile service as a priority will be those without existing dental services and significant Aboriginal populations”.
The first community to benefit from the new clinic will be Peak Hill. With support from Peak Hill Ex Services & Citizens Club, the mobile oral health centre will be operating two days a week from the Club car park from Tuesday 30 September. It is then planned for the clinic to move to Trangie to round out the year before heading to Gulargambone and Baradine in 2015.
Both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients will be able to access the service which is free of charge – however, adults must have a Centrelink concession card. Dedicated appointments will also be available for children. Patient enquiries can be made to the Oral Health Contact Centre on 1300 552 626.
Media Opportunity: Media are invited to attend a media launch of the new mobile oral health clinic and interview Chief Executive Scott McLachlan and Oral Health Director Jenni Floyd about the new clinic on Thursday, 18 September. 11.20am at Dubbo Health Service. Media Contact: Vanessa Delaney, Media Manager Ph 0417 511 738