RAAF dental teams help to promote dental hygiene
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.