The Brewarrina Shire Dental Clinic has had four new dental chairs and equipment installed thanks to Western NSW Local Health District and the NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy.
The new equipment will be used by students from Charles Sturt University (CSU) who participate in the Brewarrina Student Dental program.
Final year students from CSU have been providing regular free dental care to the Brewarrina community since 2013, with this new equipment assisting them to learn and provide dental services.
Director Oral Health Services at Western NSW Local Health District, Jenni Floyd said it has been the success of the Brewarrina Student Dental program that has made it possible to fund the new equipment.
“We are fortunate the NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy could see the significance and value of this program and could assist with funding,” Ms Floyd said.
“Dental equipment is not cheap and it requires specialist installation, so we are thrilled that both organisations have been able to assist bring this new equipment to Brewarrina.”
The new equipment was first used by students at the start of June, with a new group of students visiting from 4 to 9 July to learn and provide dental services to the local community.
Director Corporate Services at Brewarrina Shire Council, Belinda Colless said the equipment was a much needed upgrade.
“The new equipment is a great resource for the Brewarrina community,” Ms Colless said.
“The Brewarrina Shire Council would like to take the opportunity to thank Western NSW Local Health District and the NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy for the installation of this brilliant new equipment.”
The newly installed equipment cost more than $150,000 and was installed in May 2016.