February 28, 2024

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Great Health is a Choice

UQ absolutely free dental health clinic in Dalby improves Indigenous oral wellbeing results

Gavin Saltner is major about his smile. 

The Wulli Wulli man is among far more than 800 rural people who attend a scholar-run dental clinic in south-west Queensland each individual year.

“It really is designed a large amount of variation to me,” Mr Saltner said.

“Recognizing that I could occur together to these clinics and get a check-up … they can suit you in anywhere they can.”

The UQ Dental Clinic — run by supervised fifth-calendar year dental students — opened at Dalby 10 decades ago, with yet another apply opening extra lately at St George.

Mr Saltner mentioned owning entry to the clinic was crucial, with charge and vacation time earning dental procedure prohibitive for some Western Downs inhabitants.

Gavin Saltner is a common client at the UQ Dalby Dental Clinic.(ABC Southern Qld: Laura Cocks)

“It helps our persons,” he explained.

“Some folks just won’t be able to afford to vacation.”

Man in scrubs talks to man in dental chair.

College student dentists are taught to present culturally ideal treatment.(ABC Southern Qld: Laura Cocks)

‘Unique’ design

A report from the Australian Institute of Wellness and Welfare before this calendar year located that regional and distant populations experienced poorer oral health standards than people in the metropolis.

It also observed that access to much less dentists, longer vacation situations and confined transportation options impacted the oral wellness treatment rural citizens received.

But the model of the dental clinics in south-west Queensland has been considered so successful it could be utilized somewhere else.

Two student dentists examine the mouth of a male patient.

College students offer check-ups to the Western Downs local community for cost-free.(ABC Southern Qld: Laura Cocks)

The clinics are a partnership among the university and Indigenous organisation Goondir Health and fitness Solutions.