Logan residents now have access to an additional 15,000 dental appointments following the opening of a $4.3m expansion of public oral health services at the Logan Central Community Health Centre.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the expansion included ten additional dental chairs and the introduction of children’s appointments.
“The Logan Central Oral Health Centre has opened its doors to children for the first time, after providing dental care to adults for many years,” Mr Dick said.
“This is great news for Logan – where children experience decay in their baby teeth at higher rates than other parts of Queensland.
“That’s why dental, including preventative programs, is one of the six priorities in the Community Health Action Plan for Logan which I launched in May this year.
“Investing in more oral health services at a local level will help us achieve the State Government’s vision for Queensland – to be among the healthiest people in the world by 2026.”
The clinic will now offer family appointments, meaning several family members can visit the clinic at the same time.
“Not only are we providing a bigger and better dental clinic, we also making it easier and more convenient for working families,” Mr Dick said.
“This reflects an important change in the way we deliver health care – from caring for individuals to caring for families.”
Mr Dick said eligible adults and children can access a range of dental services such as examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canals and extractions.
“Many people avoid the dentist because they are worried about how much it will cost, however people who have a Medicare card, as well as a Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card, or Seniors Card are eligible for free public dental care,” he said.
“All children aged four years until Year 10 who have a Medicare card are also eligible for free dental care, even if they do not hold any concession cards.”
A new bariatric dental chair is part of the expansion, which means that obese clients can now receive dental care at Logan Central rather than travelling to the QEII Hospital clinic.
The clinic also includes a new 3D x-ray machine, so patients can have their x-rays done at the clinic as part of their appointment.
The refurbishment project created 12 jobs during the construction phase.
“It’s important that the Logan community has access to the services that they need – close to home,” Mr Dick said.
“The bariatric and x-ray services will help ensure clients can access the services they need at Logan Central, without having to make another trip.”
To check eligibility or to make an appointment, call 1300 300 850 or visit www.metrosouth.health.qld.gov.au/oral-health.
Read more about the Logan Central Community Health Centre.