Make arrangements with QCoal Dental Service
THE QCoal Community Dental Service is focused on improving oral health for those in remote communities, or who have difficulty accessing public services.
About 22% of patients are under 14, and 13% are over 65.
About 16% of patients identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
Royal Flying Doctor Service State Services Manager Frank Garcia said a particular focus was making oral health services more accessible to children.
“If you start children at a young age to become accustomed to seeing the dentist, there are less issues in the long run,” Mr Garcia said.
The service currently doesn’t have capacity for dental technical services (such as denture services), focusing instead on acute services such as cleaning, tooth extractions and x-ray.
“We’d have to expand, have a second vehicle to be able to provide that type of service,” Mr Garcia said.
Currently, there are no plans to implement technical services to the program, as it is outside the realm of funding for the program.
At this point, the waiting list to access the service in Monto is long, as many bookings were done in advance.
However, the service availability is determined based on waiting list by region, so more bookings will increase the likelihood of the service returning to the community next year.
To make a booking, call 1800 002 507.