Client: Mt Isa Health Service District and Charters Towers Health Service District

Development of an innovative model to deliver oral health services in North West Queensland

Project timeline: June 2005 – September 2005

Brief description:

Scoping exercise

  • Identification and analysis of current models of dental health service delivery in remote areas including skill mix within dental health services/teams, frequency of visits to communities, transport options, strategies for recruitment and retention of dental health professionals. This will be through telephone and electronic communication with known services, and others that these services can identify

  • Assessment of demand for dental services in the Mt Isa and Charters Towers Health Service District, based on population and recommended guidelines for preventative and acute care

  • Identification of national and state dental health strategies to ensure proposed model meets and links with national/state directions

  • Identification of recruitment and retention strategies for dental allied health professionals

  • Identification of equipment required by oral health team, determination of location of this equipment within the Districts, and additional equipment requirements to support the proposed model

Development of model

  • Synthesis of information gathered through the scoping exercise to develop a preferred Oral Health model for North West Queensland based on principle of primary health care

  • Development of budget for the preferred model

  • Development of 12 month implementation plan