Den­tal clinic of­fi­cially open

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE re­fur­bished, state-of-theart Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal Den­tal Clinic was of­fi­cially opened last Fri­day.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment con­trib­uted nearly $1.7m to the ex­pan­sion of the clinic, which now boasts four chairs, as well as a brand new lab­o­ra­tory and ster­il­is­ing area.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Daw­son George Chris­tensen said the up­graded fa­cil­ity, which is run in con­junc­tion with James Cook Univer­sity (JCU) and the Mackay Health and Hos­pi­tal Ser­vice, had re­duced wait­ing times for den­tal ser­vices in the Whit­sun­day area by 75 per cent.

“You don’t have to go to Townsville now to get that den­tal surgery done, or Mackay or Bris­bane, or even Thai­land as some peo­ple do th­ese days. You can have it done right here in the Whit­sun­days within an ap­pro­pri­ate time­frame,” he said. “The re­sult for the peo­ple of Proser­pine and the Whit­sun­days is they now have ac­cess to a mod­ern den­tal fa­cil­ity which is of the same stan­dard as that avail­able at Mackay Base Hos­pi­tal,” he said.

The clinic has been treat­ing pa­tients since April and has of­fered more than 1000 ap­point­ments since July.

Mr Chris­tensen said the part­ner­ship with JCU, whereby den­tal stu­dents are trained at the Proser­pine Den­tal Clinic, had long term ben­e­fits for the com­mu­nity.

“We all know that if you have stu­dents in train­ing in a par­tic­u­lar re­gional com­mu­nity, they’re likely to come back and ac­tu­ally live here and prac­tice here, so it’s wins all round ba­si­cally.”

Se­nior Denist and Clin­i­cal Su­per­vi­sor for the JCU den­tal stu­dents Nikola Sto­janovic said the new fa­cil­i­ties were a great im­prove­ment. “The wait­ing list used to be very long, maybe four years. Now it’s down to 12 months, which is re­ally good,” he said.

“It means we can have a re­ally good turnover and we can ac­tu­ally mon­i­tor oral health and pro­vide the ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment at the ap­pro­pri­ate time.”

Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan said the up­graded clinic was mu­sic to his ears. “I think this is a great day to­day, not only for the peo­ple of Proser­pine but also for Air­lie Beach and Can­non­vale; dou­bling the fa­cil­ity ef­fec­tively, the ca­pa­bil­ity and putting money in, get­ting re­sults and get­ting those out­comes,” he said.

OF­FI­CIAL OPEN­ING: James Cook Univer­sity Deputy Vice-Chan­cel­lor Di­vi­sion of Trop­i­cal Health and Medicine Ian Wron­ski, Mackay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice board mem­bers John Nu­gent, Fed­eral Mem­ber for Daw­son George Chris­tensen and Whit­sun­day MP Ja­son Costi­gan of­fi­cially opened the new Proser­pine Hos­pi­tal Den­tal Clinic on Fri­day morn­ing.

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