Air Force to provide dental services to Indigenous communities
7 October 2015
Air Force dental teams have temporarily broken from their regular duties to provide essential dental services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents of Broome from 3 October to 1 November 2015, under a pilot exercise named Kummundoo-Dental, where they have begun treating their first patients yesterday.
The Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO CSC said the pilot exercise formed part of an agreement between Air Force and the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO).
“The agreement highlights Air Force’s shared commitment to improved outcomes across the lifespan of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Air Marshal Davies said.
“Air Force recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have served Australia and participated in Air Force since its inception, and we are committed to closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage.
“The best talents are from a broad cross-section of all Australians and it is important that we help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to have the best chance at succeeding in life, starting with having access to basic healthcare.
“The overarching Kummundoo program will create community engagement and contribute to primary health care outcomes in indigenous communities while also creating opportunities for Air Force personnel to deploy into different environments to assist on projects across the breadth of our capability.”
The Kummundoo program and its various initiatives are a key part of the Air Force Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy - Our Place, Our Skies - and ties in with whole of Defence programs such as the National Aboriginal and Indigenous Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week.
The exercise is part of Air Force’s commitment to collaborate with NACCHO, the national peak body which represents the health and wellbeing needs and interests of Indigenous Australians, on health-related Kummundoo programs from 2015 – 2020.
Defence is committed to Australia’s Whole of Government ‘Closing the Gap’ strategy.
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