Flying Doctor Dental Clinic in remote Victoria

Date published

15 Dec 2018

In October and November, the Flying Doctor Dental Clinic serviced Bonang and Bendoc, its most isolated Victorian visits to date. Located in East Gippsland, Bonang is a three-hour return trip from the nearest dentist. Bendoc, close to the New South Wales border, lies further inland and is an additional hour drive away from dental services.

RFDS’ new mobile dental clinic provides quality service to these isolated communities. The clinic is fully self-contained and can operate anywhere that has a flat surface. In Bonang, the region’s services kicked off with the dental team offering examinations at the annual Bonang Big Arvo. The event, which is organised by Orbost Regional Health, provides the community with access to a variety of health services in one location.

Accessing  the Flying Doctor Dental Clinic has meant that residents are able to receive full dental services, often over a period of consecutive weeks, without having to drive hundreds of kilometres. The clinic has visited more than 40 communities and is returning in January due to demand.