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Brewarrina, a remote, rural shire with a majority Indigenous population in New South Wales, run the Brewarrina rural placement dental program. It aims to address the Shire's problem attracting dental health practitioners, and also allows the Shire to offer free dental care to eligible participants and reduced rates to other clients. The Shire Council approached a university dental school, explaining its community's need for assistance with oral health services. This resulted in an innovative dental program involving the Council, Griffith University, the Greater Western Area Health Service, and Ochre Health. The service includes dental students who are in their final year at Griffith University, and the Commonwealth Government supplied money for the dental surgery.
Abstract adapted from Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport
Brewarrina rural placement dental program
PO Box 125
Brewarrina NSW 2839
Ph: (02) 6830 5151
Fax: (02) 6839 2642