Up-skilling Dental Assistants
The five dental assistants will complete a Certificate IV Dental Assistant– Oral Health Assessor over a 12-month period.
Each of the five dental assistants will be placed in clinics in Latrobe cities major towns (Moe, Morwell and Churchill).
LCHS’s Public Dental Department has been provided the same level of funding from the state government since 2011, which provides limited funds for preventative services.
Currently, there is a two and half year waiting list for adult public dental services in Latrobe City. This is a year and a half longer than the waiting list in metro areas.
Up-skilling dental assistants to take on treatments themselves aims to free increase the capacity for clinics to improve waiting times for public dental services.
Currently in implementation stage.