About The Dental Truck

Why We Do It

Dental health, like all health, is a basic human right. After all, the mouth is a part of the body.

However, dentistry is not subsidised by Medicare. Australians contribute 58% of total dental expenditure out of their own pocket compared with 12% that they have to contribute for the rest of the body. Not having government support also means that basic dental treatment is difficult to afford for many Australians.

Now those eligible for public dental services amount to 36% of Australia’s population. However, government resources are only equipped to support one-fifth of this population group. So the public dental waiting lists are significant with many patients waiting up to two years to access comprehensive dental treatment.

And there are other difficulties too.

Many residents in rural areas are hundreds of kilometres from the nearest dentist. So the tyranny of distance can also be a huge barrier.

Oral health care and management in residential aged care facilities is frequently under par due to the difficulty in taking residents to a dentist.

The State Of Dentistry In Australia

Inadequate resources

36% of Australians are eligible for public dental treatment but state governments are able to help only one-fifth of this group.The are 77 dentists per 100,000 people in metropolitan cities compared to only 22.7 dentists per 100,000 people in rural Australia

Private dental not subsidised

Private dentistry is expensive because it is not subsidised by Medicare like general health is.

You pay for dental treatment

In 2017, whilst Australians out of pocket expenses for total medical expenditure was 12% but their contribution to total dental expenditure was 58%.Why is oral health considered a luxury by government such that individuals have to pay almost five times more for their teeth than their bodies?

Dental treatment delayed

Consequently, many Australians put off dental treatment which affects their oral and general health.

Costing individuals and government

In 2016-2017, dental diseases accounted for 70,000 potentially preventable acute hospitalisations, second only to urinary tract infections. The oral health of Australians is costing individual Australians as well as the government.

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Where Do We Go?

Quilpie
QLD

Quilpie is a town in the south west of Outback Queensland. The town with population of 650 is well known for its boulder opal.

Cunnamulla
QLD

Perched on the banks of the Warrego River, you’ll find Cunnamulla 780km east of Brisbane and 140km north of the New South Wales border.

Bourke
NSW

Once a major 19th century river port and trading post, Bourke is an inviting outback town on the banks of the Darling River.

Windorah
QLD

Windorah is an Outback Queensland town located in the Barcoo Shire, along the Warrego Way. The town is near the famous Cooper Creek.

Thargomindah
QLD

Thargomindah is a rural town and locality in the Shire of Bulloo, Queensland, Australia.

Sydney
NSW

Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Sydney Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design.

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