Mobile dental service for vulnerable Canberrans

A new mobile ACT dental clinic will be operational in January 2019, providing better access to dental services for vulnerable and disadvantaged Canberrans.

 

The new mobile clinic will be based around local community services including Toora Women Inc. and Companion House. It will also visit Bimberi Youth Justice Centre.

 

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Meegan Fitzharris said the new clinic would be the second mobile dental clinic to start operating in Canberra.

 

“We know that good oral health is fundamental to an individual’s overall wellbeing, but it can also be difficult for some people in our community to access.

 

“A healthy mouth enables people to eat, speak and socialise without pain, discomfort or embarrassment.

 

“The establishment of this additional mobile dental clinic will extend dental care to people who need it but might currently have difficulty visiting a dental clinic at a Community Health Centre.”

 

The ACT’s first mobile dental clinic was launched in 2014 and visits aged care facilities. Since January 2015 the clinic has provided treatment to more than 2,000 elderly Canberrans.

At the 2016 ACT Election, ACT Labor committed to fund two more mobile dental clinics – an investment of $3.2 million. The third will be delivered early next year and will service schools.

 

The dental treatments available aboard these trucks are the same as those which clients receive at a regular community-based dentist, and include:

  • dental examinations and x-rays;
  • restorative services, such as fillings and extractions; and
  • preventative services, such as cleaning and oral hygiene education.

 

“This service will be run throughout Canberra and will improve the physical access to dental treatment facilities by visiting agencies that support Canberrans who might be experiencing mental health issues, domestic or family violence, alcohol and drug issues and homelessness as well as new refugees to Australia,” said Minister Fitzharris.

 

26 December 2018.