Enriching rural and remote Queensland communities
QCoal Foundation welcomes Commonwealth Funding
QCoal Foundation Chair Christopher Wallin has welcomed the recent announcement by the Commonwealth Government that it will provide $11 million over two years to QCoal Foundation partner, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, to provide dental outreach services to rural and remote communities across Australia.
This funding recognises the critical role of mobile service delivery in meeting the needs of remote and regional Australians who do not currently have access to these services.
In 2013 the QCoal Foundation partnered with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Queensland to start the QCoal Community Dental Service and prove the effectiveness of mobile oral health delivery. Since then the QCoal Community Dental Service has provided oral care to over 8000 patients in 20 Queensland locations who may not have otherwise had access to dental treatment.
“As the founding supporter of the QCoal Community Dental Service, we are delighted that the patient outcomes from our service were endorsed by Government,” Mr Wallin said.
“Mobile service delivery does not require significant capital investment and eliminates the challenge of recruitment of permanent medical staff to rural and remote areas. Therefore, providing increased flexibility for service provision and more efficient outcomes for both patients and Governments.”
“The QCoal Foundation is immensely proud of the patient outcomes from the QCoal Community Dental Service and we are delighted that the Government has endorsed the approach and committed funding for the future.”
“We look forward to continuing to work with the Royal Flying Doctor Service to provide sustainable solutions to enrich rural and remote Queensland communities.”