Fresh dental vans roll into Sunshine Coast schools with new look

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New Sunshine Coast Health school dental van, wrapped in artwork produced by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist Mandy Draper.

Sunshine Coast Health is welcoming the arrival of two new vans to its fleet of mobile dental clinics.

The first van has arrived at Mooloolaba State School and is expected to service other schools including Stella Maris in Maroochydore, Mountain Creek and Kuluin, with the second van based in the Noosa region.

The dental teams provide a range of services including check-ups, cleaning, x-rays, fillings, and extractions, and in the 2022-2023 financial year provided 22,000 appointments for children up to 15 years old. 

Fourteen dental vans and three school clinics provide oral health care to students at more than 130 schools in the Sunshine Coast Health region, including public, private, Catholic, and independent schools.

The new vans are adding a splash of colour to the fleet, being wrapped in artwork produced by local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist Mandy Draper, to create a welcoming and inclusive space for all children.

The art cleverly represents the region of Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi Country, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the Sunshine Coast Oral Health team.

The Miles Government is committed to supporting free dental care for children within the school environment, to ensure convenient and regular access to oral health care.