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Over $11,000 worth of dental treatment provided to asylum seekers in need

Over $11,000 worth of dental treatment provided to asylum seekers in need

RedCrossPhotoWeb.jpgThe ADA NSW Red Cross Clinic held Saturday, 17 June 2017 was another resounding success, with volunteer dentists, dental assistants, ADA staff, Red Cross staff and interpreters working to treat 29 asylum seeker patients of refugee applicant status from a wide range of countries. Volunteer dentists Dr Hany Gerges, Dr Smitha Sukumar, Dr Thien-Nhien Nguyen and Dr James Sung worked to provide crucial treatment with the valuable support of volunteer dental assistants Ms Victoria Cheng, Ms Rebecca Hingley, Ms Catherine Wu and Dr Radhika Admala. Dr Suma Sukumar offered her expertise in the role of oral medicine consultant, and ADA NSW staff Dr David Gleeson, Aasta Laurie, Hayley Smith, Gitti Zachmann and Julia Gong worked tirelessly to facilitate the day.

It is estimated that the total cost of treatment performed was over $11,000, with treatment including; 29 exams, 32 x-rays, 23 fillings, 11 scale and cleans and 8 extractions, in addition to oral hygiene instruction. Patients originated from a wide range of countries, spanning Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Germany, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nepal, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Of the 29 patients treated, 16 required interpreter services.

The next Clinics will be held at ADA NSW HQ in St Leonards on Sat 17 June, Sat 30 Sept and Sat 18 Nov. Due to the overwhelming response for the 2017 clinics volunteer dentist applications are now closed. To express interest in volunteer for the 2018 clinics please contact Aasta Laurie, Oral Health Coordinator via (02) 8436 9900 or:

Sun 18 June to Sat 24 June is refugee week. Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Learn more by visiting the Refugee Week website.