Dr Robles was teaching at James Cook University when he first thought of establishing a mobile dental surgery. Dental students from JCU are exposed early in their undergraduate training in rural and remote dentistry, having various clinical placements in regional parts of Queensland. By establishing North Queensland’s 1st mobile dental surgery, Dr Garret hopes to encourage young graduates to stay and work in regional areas.
We initially towed our dental van, fondly called the 'POD', with our Santorini black 2013 model Land Rover Defender - # "defending" teeth from cavities "to the back of beyond". Our old Landie has now been replaced by our 1st Edition New Defender in Pangea Green. Our 24 foot tandem axle and outback specified clinic-on-wheels is readily recognisable as it is likely the only all-white decal-free leisure caravan on North West Queensland roads, based on the very popular and commercially produced Jayco Basestation. Both car and caravan were purchased and are being maintained by Jayco and JLR Townsville.
POD caries on board an A-dec dental chair, a “silent” air compressor and portable suction system, and a W&H Lisa sterilisation unit on its own dedicated sterilization bay. A portable Vatech handheld handheld x-ray unit and digital sensor is also carried on board. All dental equipment have been professionally installed and regularly maintained by Medical Dental Solutions – also a local family owned medical and dental equipment supplier and service and maintenance company.
Both the treatment room and the dental x-ray unit passed initial radiation and continuing compliance testing by Sieverts.
Such mobile equipment allows Dr Robles to regularly service North West Queensland communities in Hughenden, Richmond and Julia Creek, Greenvale, and Townsville surrounds at Balgal Beach, and residents of Home Hill and Ayr in the Burdekin.
To find out more about our mobile dental van visits at your town or shire, please call us on 0427298698.