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 their studies 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.
Project Outback Dental’s "pod" is towed with a black classic Land Rover Defender - "defending" teeth from cavities "above and beyond". This 24 foot tandem axle travel trailer can be easily spotted with its all white decal free color with black trimming, based on very popular and commercially produced Outback specified travel trailer - a Jayco Basestation. Both car and caravan are purchased from local dealerships in Townsville.
POD caries on board a fixed A-dec dental chair, a “silent” dental compressor and portable suction system, and a W&H sterilisation unit on its own dedicated sterilization bay. A portable Vatech handheld periapical handheld xray unit is also on board.
All dental equipment have been professionally installed and regularly maintained by Medical Dental Solutions – also a local medical equipment supplier and service and maintenance family owned company. Both the treatment room and the dental xray unit passed radiation initial and continuing compliance by Sieverts.
Such mobile equipment allows Dr Robles to regularly service North and 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 the next mobile van visit in your locale, please visit your local shire Facebook page and our sister website www.projectoutbackdental.com.au.