RFDS Victoria wins Public Oral Health Clinic of the Year award

Date published

05 Dec 2019

The RFDS Victoria Flying Doctor Mobile Dental team is honoured to have been named as the recipient of the Public Oral Clinic of the Year Award. The award recognises Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) agencies and teams working to improve the health outcomes of Victorians.

As part of its submission, RFDS Victoria had to present the ways in which our service has demonstrated excellence in public dentistry, going up against other public dental clinics that DHSV purchases services from – across metropolitan, regional and rural areas.

The RFDS Victoria dental service operates in partnership with DHSV and the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB). It has been operating since January 2016 and provides examinations, oral health promotion and treatment services, with the scope of service spanning dental trucks and fixed clinics.

For Dr Melanie Trivett, RFDS Victoria General Manager, Primary Health, the award is the culmination of the work done by the dental team over the last few years, while also reflecting to strength of the Flying Doctor’s partnerships with local communities.

“The 2018-19 financial year saw our dental service provide 4,806 occasions of service and save clients 7,622 hours of travel time. We are incredibly proud to bring world-class, mobile dental treatment and an exceptional level of client care to people all across the State, and to have this formally recognised is a huge achievement for the team and our partners, and a wonderful endorsement of the services we provide.”

The award recipients were announced at the DHSV's AGM, held on 28 November. The team received a financial contribution from DHSV to the value of $5,000 (for continuing professional development) and an engraved glass trophy designed by Madison Connors and fired by Wathaurong Glass.