Minister praises Fairfield Hospital's Community Oral Health Clinic

Commended: Minister for Mental Health and Assistant Minister for Health Jai Rowell and Smithfield MP Andrew Rohan toured Fairfield Hospital's Oral Health Clinic last week. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Commended: Minister for Mental Health and Assistant Minister for Health Jai Rowell and Smithfield MP Andrew Rohan toured Fairfield Hospital's Oral Health Clinic last week. Picture: Jonathan Ng

FAIRFIELD Hospital's Community Oral Health Clinic has received a pat on the back from Minister for Mental Health and Assistant Minister for Health Jai Rowell following a tour of the facility last week.

Mr Rowell, with Smithfield MP Andrew Rohan, met with staff at the clinic, which provides child and adult dental health care.

Mr Rowell said he was impressed by the teams who provide dental and prosthetic services.

"It was great to learn about the services they provide and how they link in with dental health education within the community," he said.

"Combining adult and child services, and co-locating them with other services at the hospital helps to provide holistic health care to the Fairfield community."

He said that with more than 75 per cent of the Fairfield community speaking a language other than English at home, it was helpful that staff in the clinic and hospital, spoke a second language.

"Their commitment to providing care in a variety of languages really helps break down the communication challenges between the community and healthcare providers," Mr Rowell said.

"I also congratulate the clinic on receiving a recent commendation from the NSW Refugee Health Service for its contribution to Partnerships in Clinical Care of Refugee Patients.

"The ongoing rotation of Oral Health Therapy students from the University of Sydney also shows the clinic's ongoing commitment to providing the most timely education and training to staff."

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