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The outback oral treatment and health (TOOTH) dental program, run by the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS), was the result of a funding partnership with the Investec Foundation and the Gonski Foundation from 2012-2015. The program, based in Dubbo, provided oral health services to people in north-west New South Wales (NSW), in order to address the poor and deteriorating oral health prevalent in these remote and vulnerable communities.
The program delivered hundreds of dental clinics and dental therapy clinics each year in Bourke, Lightning Ridge, Collarenebri and Goodooga. The RFDS worked collaboratively with Aboriginal health services and other organisations to complement and augment the work they are doing in the area.
The program halved the decay in children attending clinics and established a consistently declining pattern of decay in adults. Several patients were also found to have oral cancer. Although funding for the program has expired, the RFDS is committed to continuing the service and is investigating alternative sources of long-term financial support.
Abstract adapted from the Royal Flying Doctors Service
Royal Flying Doctors Service
PO Box 6202
Dubbo NSW 2830
Ph: (02) 6841 2555
Fax: (02) 6882 4555