The RFDS in TAS
Mobile Dental Care
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Tasmania provides outreach services to improve the health outcomes of people living and working in rural and remote Tasmania who are disproportionately affected by problems associated with poor oral health.
People living in remote and rural locations experience several barriers accessing oral health services that their major city counterparts do not.
Through funding support by the Commonwealth Government, RFDS Tasmania provides a dental outreach program that assists by providing education, preventative and dental treatments for children and eligible adults in rural and remote areas of Tasmania.
With dental conditions being the leading cause of potentially preventable hospitalisations in Tasmania, RFDS Tasmania has, since May 2017, been running a mobile dental service to address this issue and address the unmet dental needs of children and adults.
The dental program is a free, community-based program with dental staff travelling to rural and remote locations weekly and tailoring dental care to accommodate a community's need. In many cases our patients no longer need to travel long distances to recieve dental treatments for themselves or family members, which has led to a decrease in social isolation and financial burdens.
The RFDS tasmania dental program has grown signifcantly, covering the north, north-east and east coast of the state. It also travels to both King and Flinders islands regularly.
Our dental program is run in collaboration with local service providers to complement current programs delivered by Oral Health Services Tasmania, the Education Department and the Australian Dental Association (ADA).
Operating from either a fixed clinic or by utilising our mobile dental vehicle our mobile dental teams can visit your school or early learning centre to offer preventative screenings, oral health promotion and treatment. to find out more call (03) 6779 1480.
Who is eligible for treatment in the Flying Doctor Dental Clinic?
In most rural areas both children and adults are eligible to access our dental services for free. To find out if you or your child qualify or to make an appointment please contact the Flying Doctor Mobile Dental team on (03) 6779 1480 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Partnering with Indigenous Groups
RFDS Tasmania works with the Circular Head Aboriginal Corp (CHAC) in Smithton to treat local Tasmanian Aboriginals and community members in a culturally aware environment by addressing their unmet dental needs.
Through funding support from the Commonwealth Government, the Royal Flying Doctor Service is addressing the issue to either continue and build on current dental program or in the case of Tasmania, has enabled us to implement a Mobile Dental Care program to bring dental teams to under-served remote and rural Tasmanian communities to tackle the disparity that exists with urban and remote communities. Our dental program is run in collaboration with local service providers to compliment current programs and Oral Health Services Tasmania and the Australian Dental Association (ADA).
Award-winning dental program
The RFDS Tasmania dental program won the Building Communities Award at the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards held in Launceston on Saturday, October 27.More details
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