Enriching rural and remote Queensland communities
QCoal Community Dental Service
In 2013 QCoal Foundation partnered with the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) to establish the QCoal Community Dental Service.
Comprising 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. Anyone can make an appointment, and there is no out-of-pocket cost for patients.
Now in its third year, the QCoal Community Dental Service has travelled over 40,000 kilometres to visit 21 rural and remote Queensland communities and has treated over 7,500 thousand patients. Regular visits by the service to towns like Collinsville has meant that incidence of acute treatments have begun to drop with preventive procedures becoming more common.
“Treating 7,500 patients in three years is an incredible milestone for the QCoal Community Dental Service,” QCoal Group Managing Director Chris Wallin said.
“The local communities that have supported the Service since its inception and the incredible RFDS dental team who work so hard, should feel very proud in delivering over $2milllion worth of free dental treatment to those in need.
“We hope with time, it will be “smiles all round” as we reach more and more Queenslanders in the coming few years,” Mr Wallin said.
In conjunction with the RFDS, the QCoal Foundation is looking at innovative partnerships and sponsorships to build on its keystone donation to ensure sustainability into the future.