Dental waiting lists grow

WAITING lists for non-emergency dental work in the Wide Bay region look set to grow as Queensland Health revealed there were a number of vacancies for dentists in the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay regions.

Outgoing Northern Cluster Director Mike Charles said the recruitment of senior oral health staff continued to be an issue throughout much of regional Queensland and that it was not an easy issue to resolve.

“Recruitment of appropriately qualified clinicians is compounded by the nationwide shortage of dentists and in these circumstances it is always difficult to recruit staff to regional and rural areas,” he said.

The equivalent of 20 dentists currently works for Queensland Health in the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay; there is currently the equivalent of 4.5 full-time vacancies.

Meanwhile, an acute need for dental services at Cherbourg has resulted in the region securing a government grant for a dental training school in the South Burnett community.

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