The University of Newcastle’s free community mobile oral health service will kick off 2013 on the Central Coast on Tuesday 12 March.

The service will be available to seniors and current Health Care Card holders.

Oral Health students from the University’s Central Coast campus will offer check-ups, teeth cleaning and fluoride treatments under the supervision of a certified dentist.

In addition to offering the local community free oral health care, the service provides students with invaluable work experience that counts towards their studies and which they can take into their professional lives.

University of Newcastle Foundation Acting CEO Libby Rodgers-McPhee said this was the second year of the service.

“The mobile oral health service is invaluable to the local region and would not have been possible without corporate and community support,” Ms Rodgers-McPhee said.

“We need to maintain this financial backing to sustain the service in the future.”

The van and the trailer were originally donated by Medfin, a provider of finance for healthcare professionals. Medfin, together with NAB health, also covered many costs to repair and refit the van.

Other ongoing supporters are: The Bateau Bay Mens’ Shed, the Rotary Club of North Gosford,Wyong Shire Council, William Green Dental Supplies,  Karagi Court, Gastrohealth, Coast Shelter, the Co-op Bookshop, Dentsply, Colgate and the Rotary and Lions Clubs at The Entrance.

The service will be offered every Tuesday at Legends Car Park at Mingara until Tuesday 27 March.

Appointments can be made on 02 4349 4416.

Anyone interested in making a donation to support this project can contact the University of Newcastle Foundation on 02 4921 7453 or www.newcastle.edu.au/foundation

About the University of Newcastle Foundation:

The Foundation is the platform for philanthropic support for the University of Newcastle. Donations help fund student scholarships, academic positions and research. It also aims to create and sustain relationships between the community, business, alumni and the University.