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3 June, 2021

RFDS Dental Service to visit Glenden for first time

GLENDEN will welcome the RFDS Dental Service to town for the first time from next Tuesday (June 8).

Community members will be able to access free oral healthcare via the mobile unit between June 8 and 17.

The RFDS Dental Service is a fully equipped mobile dental surgery featuring state-of-the-art equipment and is staffed by qualified dentists and dental assistants.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) (RFDS) Chief Executive Officer Meredith Staib said the dental team were looking forward to expanding delivery of the Service to Glenden.

“For those living and working in rural and remote communities, access to dental services is often difficult and costly, requiring long-distance travel and time away from home and potentially work,” she said.

“The RFDS Dental Service was established to bridge the gap for those areas with limited or no access to dental services.

“The service offers preventative care, as well as treatment for a range of oral health conditions, at no cost to the patient.”

The Glenden visit coincides with the 10-year partnership anniversary of the RFDS and founding partner of the RFDS Dental Service, QCoal Foundation.

One of the dentists with a patient
One of the dentists with a patient

QCoal Foundation Chair Christopher Wallin said the first visit to the Glenden community would be commemorated with a community carnival hosted by Byerwen Coal.

“On behalf of both Byerwen Coal and the QCoal Foundation, I am delighted to visit Glenden to help welcome the RFDS Dental Service to town for the first time,” Mr Wallin said.

“We know from our recent joint study that the economic and social benefits that stem from the operation of the RFDS Dental Service make a real and tangible difference to local communities.

“We are proudly extending our 10-year partnership with the RFDS and signing up to a new partnership for the next three years.

“There is always more work to be done in supporting the overall health of regional, rural and remote communities and we are pleased to continue to support the RFDS.”

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