Since April, Dr Hendrik Lai has been flying into Lightning Ridge to provide dental services to the town through TOOTH (The Outback Oral Treatment and Health program).
He is based at the newly re-developed RFDS Dubbo Base and flies in each Monday. Dr. Hendrik Lai is proving to be a very popular visitor.
To encourage students to continue their careers in the areas of most need, dental students will work alongside Dr Lai in the regional clinics.
On Monday two dental students from Charles Sturt University, who are studying dentistry at the CSU Orange campus, flew in to Lightning Ridge to assist with patient care.
Joan Treweeke, as one of the main instigators of the program, was on hand on Monday to meet up with Dr Lai and the CSU students.
Currently 34 CSU dental students are spread throughout NSW on placement at the CSU dental clinics.
The year 4 students, who are undertaking placement at the CSU Dubbo Dental Clinic, have the opportunity to fly with Dr Lai to regional and remote areas during their placement.
In 2013 the time allocated will increase dramatically as the students will remain out on rural placement during most of their final year of study.
This excellent partnership between CSU and the RFDS TOOTH program will continue to provide valuable clinical experience for the students as well as meet the need for clinical assistance for Dr Lai in our town and other rural communities.