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The Tooth mob dental volunteer program facilitates dental treatment in remote communities in order to 'close the gap' in health inequity for Indigenous people. The program aims to:
Tooth mob is designed to establish regular treatment which goes beyond emergency care and crisis management. It aims to improve access to dental treatment and also address the underlying causes of health inequity. The program supports existing dental health programs, which seek to tackle the wider determinants of poor health, and also supports the work of local Aboriginal organisations.
The program involves a collaborative partnership with both local Indigenous organisations responsible for health clinics located within the remote communities and government health bodies. Volunteer dental teams work in the existing health clinics and are able to draw upon the experience and expertise of health clinic staff.
Tooth mob coordinates volunteer dental teams, consisting usually of two dentists and two dental assistants (but can also include dental hygienists and dental therapists), to spend two weeks of every month providing dental services to the community free of charge. The program operates throughout the dry season, generally running each year from May to October. Tooth mob covers the cost of all flights, accommodation and insurance.
In 2011 the program ran in the Katherine region in the Northern Territory, in 2012 the program was based in Wadeye in the Northern Territory, and in 2013-2014 patients were treated in Broome and Derby in the Kimberley in Western Australia. It is not running in 2015 (until further notice).
Charlie Perkins Trust abstract
Tooth mob dental volunteer program
The Charlie Perkins Trust for Children & Students
100 Botany Rd
Alexandria NSW 2015
Ph: (02) 93108400