Make ar­range­ments with QCoal Den­tal Ser­vice

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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