As part of the largest initiative ever undertaken by Charles Sturt University (CSU) - to improve dental health in regional Australia - the launch of the proposed plans for the University’s Orange Oral Health and Dental School will be held in the Conference Room, CSU Orange Campus, this Friday 16 March.
In making the plans for the Orange school available to the public, CSU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Goulter said the University will persist in its push to improve dental health services.
“This is an issue that is not going to go away. The common cold is the only health issue that affects more people than dental disease. It is such a pressing health problem and yet there are over half a million people in this country who cannot afford adequate dental treatment.”
“Poor oral health and gum disease have been linked to heart disease and stroke, while bacteria can enter the bloodstream and spread to the knee or other joints. It is an extremely serious health issue.”
Professor Goulter said Charles Sturt University is once again tackling the challenges faced by inland Australia, and forging new initiatives that will benefit inland Australia.
“Charles Sturt University has done its homework. We have a record of success in addressing the health care needs of our communities. Our success in placing quality physiotherapy graduates, occupational therapy graduates, and pharmacy graduates in regional positions is testament to this. The dental health of our communities is at crisis point and Charles Sturt University plans to do something about improving this.”
In launching the proposed plans for the Dental School initiative based at the CSU Orange Campus Professor Goulter will thank local politicians, supporters and advocates who are working with CSU to improve dental care for Australians.
Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, NSW Senator, will unveil the proposed plans for the School. Also attending will be local politicians, key community members and supporters of CSU’s initiative.
Professor Goulter said the occasion is a critical next step to improving the health of our communities.
“It is not until you look into this issue that you realise the depth and breadth of the crisis. Some people in our communities are not able to receive even basic dental care. Others have to wait year after year for dental work. This needs to be addressed for the future health of our communities.
“Projections indicate that there will be a shortage of 200 to 300 dentists in NSW by 2010. CSU’s plans will alleviate the very preventable health issues that result from poor dental care.” Professor Goulter said.