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Start the new year with a dental check-up

25 January 2019

The Weipa public oral health team is wishing everyone a happy new year and reminding everyone that looking after their teeth and general oral health is a year-round process.

Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Director of Oral Health Dr Yvonne Mangan said Maria Musumeci, a dental therapist from the Ingham-Townsville area, had joined the team for the first half of the year to lead the delivery of services in the Weipa school dental program.

“Maria brings to the team extensive experience within Queensland school services,’’ she said.

“Dental assistant Bianca Scanlan also is new to the team and brings valuable experience with her.’’

Dr Mangan said the school dental team would be based in Weipa for the next three months.

“We would like to see as many children as possible in this time, and we encourage all parents to contact us early to ensure all their family is seen,’’ she said.

“For child dental appointments, please call Weipa Integrated Health Service oral health clinic on 4082 3718.

“If reception is unable to answer at the time, please leave your name and return phone details.

“Your call will be returned to answer any enquiries or to make a booking.

“All school dental services will be provided at the Weipa IHS oral health clinic and a parent will need to attend.

“We encourage family bookings for those with two or more children to assist parents.’’

Dr Mangan said appointments were available from 8 am to 3.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

“Although dental services are not covered by Medicare, we do ask you to bring your Medicare card with you to have on your record,’’ she said.

“It is a requirement for those families eligible for the Child Dental Benefit Scheme and necessary if an OPG X-ray is required.’’

Dr Mangan said the Weipa public oral health service also was available for all adult patients who held a current Centrelink concession card which they would need to bring to their appointment.

These cards include:

  • Health Care card
  • Pension card
  • Seniors card

Dr Mangan said the adult public oral health service was based at the Weipa Integrated Health Service and provided outreach clinics to Napranum most Tuesdays and a monthly clinic in Aurukun.

“We currently have appointments available and would like to encourage the community to make an appointment for a dental check-up rather than waiting for a tooth problem as a great way to start the new year,’’ she said.

PHOTO CAPTION: Start the year with a dental check-up: Weipa’s public oral health team – from left – Carolyn Eyears, administration officer; Maria Musumeci, senior dental therapist; Dr Yvonne Mangan, Director of Oral Health TCHHS; Colleen Nielsen, Aboriginal Health Worker; Dr Matthew Moore, senior dental officer; Brooke Larfield, senior dental assistant; Rhys Mitton, dental assistant and Bianca Scanlan, dental assistant..

Last updated: 15 February 2019