The RFDS in TAS
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.
Studies have shown the direct correlation between oral health and avoidable illness. 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 remote areas of Tasmania.
With dental conditions being the leading cause of potentially preventable hospitalisations in Tasmania, as of May 2017 RFDS Tasmania implemented our inaugural dental teams to travel to communities across Tasmania to address the unmet dental needs of children and adults.
The dental program is a community-based program with dental staff travelling to rural and remote locations weekly and tailoring dental care to accommodate a community's need. This now means in many cases our patients no longer need to travel long distances to recieve essential health services 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 and now travells to both King and Flinders island 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).
Here in Tasmania the newly established RFDS Tasmania Mobile Dental Care could visit you at your school or early learning centre to offer preventative screenings, oral health promotion and treatment. The outreach program is offered in a flexible service structure and delivered in rural and remote communities across the state. We are also able to provide dental treatments in a fixed clinic environment within your local communities.
Who is eligible for treatment in the Flying Doctor Dental Clinic?
Children 0 – 18 years and Adults aged 18 years and over, who hold a Health Care card To make an appointment or to find out more information about the Mobile Dental Care program visiting your school or communities 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 are building partnerships and one recent collaboration is 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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