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Dental Fair fast-tracks treatment for refugees

23 October 2017

Metro South Health, community groups and volunteers delivered free dental treatment to more than 120 refugees at the annual Refugee Dental Fair in a bid to improve the health of Logan’s newest residents.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the Refugee Dental Fair at Logan Central Community Health Centre was an important initiative for the Logan region, which has one of the highest rates of refugee settlement in the country.

“I am thrilled to support the dental fair as part of the Logan community health action plan, and to help newly arrived Logan residents to access the health care they need for the best start in Australia,” Mr Dick said.

“Many of our refugees come from countries where there is limited access to health care, so providing a check-up and on-the-spot treatment means we can address any current dental problems they may have and help them enjoy a healthier future.

“It is also a wonderful opportunity to familiarise refugees with our clinicians and the health system, which can sometimes be complex and difficult to navigate.”

Metro South Oral Health Director Dr Helen Boocock said the fair provides patients with a full dental examination, pain relief where necessary and advice on preventing oral health problems. Patients also attend education sessions on healthy food choices and understanding medications.

“The dental fair is a wonderful example of how Metro South Health is working together with local community organisations to improve the health of people from a refugee background and meet their often urgent health needs,” Dr Boocock said.

“One-hundred and twenty five people received treatment on the day - many of whom had never received dental treatment before.”

The dental fair was staffed by volunteers from Metro South Health, and supported by partners Tzu Chi Foundation, Multicultural Development Association, Red Cross Australia, ACCESS Community Services, Mater Health and Brisbane South Primary Health Network.

“Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and organisations who worked together to welcome, treat and inform so many people from a wide range of backgrounds,” Dr Boocock said.

Pictured: Tzu Chi Foundation dental volunteers Dr David Yong and Bridget Wall with one of the many patients from a refugee background they treated throughout the day.

Last updated 26 July 2019
Last reviewed 24 October 2017

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