The construction of the dental clinic at the rear of the Flag House has finished and the clinic was officially opened on August 24, 2016 by former President HE Jose Ramos Horta. The Trust partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Keilor and Port Melbourne to construct and equip the clinic and have also been supported by the Rotary Clubs of Packenham, Carlton and Berwick as well as Rotary International. The Trust has also received invaluable financial support from the Victorian Health Department, Peter and Ruth McMullin and Ellerston Capital. We have received in kind support from Dental Health Services Victoria.
The Balibo Dental Clinic will improve the oral health of the local population by providing access to dental treatment, community education and prevention programs. There are very few dentists in Timor Leste, most of whom are located in Dili. There are no dentists located in Balibó and a limited dental service available in Maliana.
A number of volunteer dental programs currently exist in Timor-Leste and the Trust has contacted these providers to gain a better understanding of how dental programs work in Timor Leste and how the lessons learnt could be applied to Balibó.
The program will be staffed by volunteer dentists from Australia who will be registered with the Australian Dental Board.
The fist clinic started on August 24, 2016 and was run by Australian volunteer dentist Dr David Bladen.
The Balibó Dental Clinic will initially aim to operate for approximately two weeks, four times a year. As more volunteer dentists join the program from Australia, the clinic will operate more frequently.
Dentists will stay at the Balibó Fort Hotel recently built by the Trust and will cover their own costs for accommodation, transport and food.
The Trust is seeking support for this program through financial donations, equipment donations or volunteers who work in the dental industry.
For further information or if you are interested in supporting this program please email;
0417 015 412