RAAF den­tal teams help to pro­mote den­tal hy­giene

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The Royal Aus­tralian Air Force is pay­ing a visit to Roe­bourne and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties this month to pro­mote the im­por­tance of good den­tal hy­giene.

Den­tal spe­cial­ists from the RAAF are in Roe­bourne un­til Au­gust 23 as part of Ex­er­cise Kum­mundoo 17, a health ini­tia­tive to im­prove den­tal care in in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties af­ter health stud­ies showed one third of Abo­rig­i­nal chil­dren suf­fered from teeth prob­lems.

Over the three weeks, two RAAF den­tal teams will be based at Roe­bourne’s Mawarnkarra Health Ser­vice to de­liver den­tal ser­vices and run a se­ries of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment pro­grams.

Key among them will be the in­tro­duc­tion of a school-based den­tal ini­tia­tive at Roe­bourne Dis­trict High School, which will pro­mote den­tal hy­giene around the school and train staff to help stu­dents to es­tab­lish daily brush­ing rou­tines. Per­son­nel will also visit re­mote com­mu­ni­ties in the area and Roe­bourne Re­gional Prison.

The RAAF visit is part of a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal Com­mu­nity Con­trolled Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, the peak body rep­re­sent­ing Abo­rig­i­nal health and well­be­ing ser­vices around the coun­try.

Ex­er­cise Kum­mundoo is a fiveyear out­reach pro­gram in ru­ral and re­mote Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­ni­ties, as part of the RAAF’s in­dige­nous strat­egy Our Place, Our Skies.

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