Kimberley Dental Team - May 2022 Trip

Jan and John Owen report on the Kimberley Dental Team’s most recent (very busy and very enjoyable) trip to the region.

Volunteerism

Nominations for Federal Council open

Two positions available for Western Australian Members

The ADA is governed by Federal Council, which consists of 17 voting councillors, including two from Western Australia, who are appointed through branches and who are responsible for setting the direction, approving policy, compliance and oversight of ADA inc.

Send applications to ceo@adawa.com.au by close of business Monday August 8
APPLY NOW

Our first team arrived through Broome and travelled across to Halls Creek, where we spent the week. 

Navigating COVID protocols was somewhat of a challenge, but everything went very well and we were able to see and treat 160 people at the Halls Creek hospital dental clinic, Yuri Yungi Aboriginal Service dental clinic and at the communities of Ringer Soak and Yiyili. 

We also performed very well at the Kimberley Hotel quiz night and enjoyed a sausage sizzle BBQ at Caroline Pool. 

The outgoing and incoming teams had a changeover in Kununurra while John and I prepped for our trip to Warmun Community. The new team met us in Warmun on Sunday afternoon, and we had a busy two days working in the community before returning to Halls Creek for the rest of the week. The week two team provided a service for 174 people in Warmun, Frog Hollow and Halls Creek. Our final team came in through Broome where they met the outgoing team, handed over vehicles and drove across on Sunday. 

This final week was spent in the Kutjungka region visiting the communities of Billiluna, Balgo and Mulan where we saw and treated 161 people before returning to Broome via an overnight at Fitzroy Crossing that included a celebratory dinner. 

Statistics exceeded expectations of the numbers of people treated in May 2022. The teams provided examinations, oral health education and dental services for 495 people. Additionally, these services included 154 extractions, 219 restorations, 26 scale and cleans, 45 topical fluoride treatments and 584 fissure seals. 

Thank you to the Australian Dental Association (WA Branch), for their ongoing support of KDT in general and especially for awarding Grants for final-year dental students in 2022. These Remote Area Student Scholarships greatly assist with their remote placement costs. KDT are now preparing for a return to the region on July 22 for three weeks. 

More News

Get in touch with the media team

Do you have a clinical article to submit or a good news story to share? We'd love to hear about it. We have plenty of advertising opportunities, too. Get in touch!
Advertising

Advertising opportunities are available in the Western Articulator, on the website and across social media.

Download Advertising Guidelines
Submissions

We welcome clinical articles and good news stories for the Western Articulator and social media.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.