Monto QCOAL and Royal Flying Doctor Dental Service


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QCoal Community Dental Service bringing bright smiles to Monto

Residents of Monto and the surrounding areas are encouraged to book an appointment with the QCoal Community Dental Service during its visit from 7 – 19 November.

Operated by the Royal Flying Doctor Service and comprised of two dental surgeries in a purpose-built semi-trailer, the service provides dental care and treatment in communities where there is limited access to oral health services. The service is funded by the independently owned Queensland company QCoal Group through the QCoal Foundation. Anyone can make an appointment, and there is no out-of-pocket cost for patients.

QCoal Group Managing Director Christopher Wallin said the service aimed to bring quality oral health care to people in rural and remote communities.

“QCoal Foundation was established to enrich rural and remote communities, and I know from talking to our own employees and their families that a lack of access to dental care is a major concern for them,” Mr Wallin said.

“Thanks to this service, they can now get the care they need on their doorstep, with no out of pocket cost,” he said.

RFDS State Services Manager, Frank Garcia said the partnership between the RFDS and the QCoal Foundation was last year extended for another three years and represents a significant win for those living and working in rural and remote communities where access to dental care is a major concern.

“Our dental experts can provide everything from a simple check and clean, through to an extraction or X-ray.

“Booking in advance is crucial, so if you need to see a dentist don’t delay and call 1800 002 507 to make an appointment.”

Mr Garcia said the results supported research that highlighted a lack of access to oral health care in regional communities.

“So far we have provided a significant amount of acute treatment. The data we’ve collected well and truly supports the need for the service which has been made possible by QCoal Foundation,” he said.

Together, the Flying Doctor and QCoal Foundation will continue to look at ways to enhance the service and partner with Government to ensure the people who live in rural and remote Queensland have access to the same level of oral health care as their metropolitan counterparts.

The QCoal Community Dental Service will be in Bluff next from 28 November – 10 December before heading to Rolleston.

For more information call 1800 002 507 or visit http://www.flyingdoctor.org.au/dental

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