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Boosting care

Wednesday, 14th October, 2020

The FWLHD Public Dental Service team and the latest dental students (from left) Courtney Squire (Dental Assistant), Dr Lyn Mayne, Parisa Hedayatmofidi, Jo Condon (Dental Assistant), Lily Horniblow, Derrick Kwantes and Zihni Kaleci. PICTURE: Supplied The FWLHD Public Dental Service team and the latest dental students (from left) Courtney Squire (Dental Assistant), Dr Lyn Mayne, Parisa Hedayatmofidi, Jo Condon (Dental Assistant), Lily Horniblow, Derrick Kwantes and Zihni Kaleci. PICTURE: Supplied

A new group of dental students are helping to boost care for local patients at the Far West LHD public dental service during a four-week placement at the public dental clinic located at the Community Health Centre.

During their placement they experience public dentistry and the treatments they can perform in a public setting, whilst assisting the BH Public Dental Service manage its waiting list by helping to provide additional clinics to the service currently provided.

The dental student program operates in collaboration with the UDRH and the RFDS, and the students work under the supervision of the RFDS Rural and Remote Dental Service Manager, and senior clinician, Dr Lyn Mayne.

Karen Kennedy, Far West LHD Oral Health Manager, said the LHD is fortunate to be able to host dental students, where they gain valuable exposure and experience in a public dental setting.

“The experience also of working and living in a remote location (the far west) is also valuable because they may consider returning to work here,” she said.

This group is the last of the student placements for 2020. Next year, there are four groups scheduled to have placements at the dental service.

Mrs Kennedy said hosting dental students was a positive experience for everyone

“Student placements assist greatly in the reduction and management of public dental waitlists. The patients are happy to see the students and the LHD appreciates the work they do!”

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