The QCoal Community Dental Service, delivered by the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), celebrates its second anniversary while visiting the central Queensland town of Rolleston where it is providing free dental service to the community from 2 - 14 February, 2015.
In Rolleston to mark the occasion, RFDS (Queensland Section) Chief Executive Nino Di Marco said the RFDS and QCoal joined forces two years ago, under a three-year partnership, to address regional Queensland's oral health crisis by providing access to quality preventive dental care with no out-of-pocket expenses.
"The first two years of the QCoal Community Dental Service have exceeded our expectations and we're delighted to report that over 4000 patients from more than 12 rural communities across central and western Queensland have received treatment," Mr Di Marco said.
Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire said he was delighted the service was visiting Springsure, Dingo and Rolleston, as having regular access to quality dental care was a major concern in the community.
"Thanks to the QCoal Community Dental Service those living in the region and surrounding areas, can now get the care they need on their doorstep, free of charge," Cr Maguire said.
QCoal Group Managing Director Christopher Wallin said the service goes a long way to address oral health challenges in remote areas, including difficulty in accessing regular dental services; lower dental education and product availability.
"The QCoal Foundation was established to enrich rural and remote communities with a focus around health, liveability and education," Mr Wallin said.
"Through the RFDS, the QCoal Community Dental Service has now provided over 4000 individuals in regional Queensland access to state-of-the-art dental care".
The Royal Flying Doctor Service's dental team provides dental care and treatment to communities with limited access to oral health services, via an 18-wheel semitrailer housing two state-of-the art dental surgeries. On average the dental team treats 70 patients per week.
Principal Dentist Ian Odendaal said the dental team was delighted the service has had such a positive impact and is the result of a great team effort.
"Thanks to QCoal's generous sponsorship, the RFDS can do our bit to make it a little bit easier for those living, working and travelling in rural Queensland to get to a dentist," he said.
"Booking in advance is crucial, so if you need to see a dentist don't delay and call 1800 002 507 to make an appointment or visit www.flyingdoctor.org.au/dental.
The QCoal Community Dental Service will visit Dingo, Rolleston, Springsure, Clermont, Collinsville, Richmond, Camooweal and Dajarra in the first half of 2015.
The RFDS acknowledges the Commonwealth Government's $1.1 million contribution via the Health and Hospitals Fund, towards the fit out of the semi-trailer.