Building resilient regional and remote Queensland communities.
QCoal Foundation welcomes the Dental Service back to Collinsville
In 2017 after four years of providing free dental care to over 8000 patients, the QCoal Community Dental Service – delivered by the Royal Flying Doctor Service – secured ongoing funding from the Commonwealth Government under a two-year national program to improve oral health across Australia.
The QCoal Foundation is very pleased that the now re-named RFDS Dental Service is continuing to treat patients all over the state and in particular will return to Collinsville from 20 – 29 March.
Collinsville local Heather Brown said she was looking forward to seeing the RFDS Dental Service roll back into Collinsville.
“We’ve always had such wonderful service from the Dental Team,” Mrs Brown said. “They actually go out of their way to make sure you come in and see them for a check-up.”
Mrs Brown, whose children are also patients of the RFDS Dental Service, said without the free service, getting her family to a dentist would be extremely difficult.
“Without it, we would have to consider the three-hour drive to either Townsville or Mackay to visit the dentist.
“This service is so important to our community, and we’re delighted it continues to visit us each year.”
For the Foundation, the most rewarding aspect of being Founding Partner of the RFDS Dental Service was watching the success of the program and witnessing the real improvements to overall health across the regional and remote communities on the dental route.
“The QCoal Foundation was very pleased that through the Federal Government’s commitment, the longer-term future of the service was assured and we are pleased to see these return visits to locations such as Collinsville, Winton and Monto,” QCoal Foundation Chairman Christopher Wallin said.
“The Government’s funding support also endorsed the model of mobile service delivery as an effective way to meet the needs of patients in rural and remote communities, which aligns with the QCoal Foundation’s focus on long term sustainability for programs and initiatives.”
Locals in the Collinsville region can contact the RFDS on 1800 002 507 to discuss treatment and availability of services during the two week visit.