News

Are FIFO workers the root cause of CQ town's dental woes?

Are FIFO workers causing dental problems for CQ mining towns?
Are FIFO workers causing dental problems for CQ mining towns? Contributed

A FOCUS on total dental and oral hygiene and a more community based approach have been identified as vital for the Isaac Region by new dental practitioner, Dr Hany Aziz.

Dr Hany has been undertaking patient fact finding in the region ahead of the opening of the new DentalCareXtra practice and says the region faces some real issues.

He says that anecdotal information gathered from the community has revealed some startling and urgent issues.

"For starters, the community is paying a double price at present," Dr Hany says.

"The transient nature of the community and the influx of fly-in, fly-out workers have meant that, in the past, there's had to be a strong focus on emergency work, as priority.

"This in turn has pushed out and delayed family and community needs.

"That is a scenario for disaster as problems grow and develop. The loss of a Dental Practice in Mornabah for many months only made things worse and now we're seeing real problems emerge."

Dr Hany says the relationship between poor oral health and systemic diseases can become a significant issue for the region.

"Poor dental and oral hygiene contributes to cardiovascular diseases, poor glycaemic control in diabetics, low birth weight pre-term babies and a variety of other medical conditions," he says.

Dr Hany believes that the practice will face a challenge when it opens. The construction has begun on site and will be followed by installation of brand new equipment prior to opening in January.

Topics:  dental, fifo




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'My mate spiked my Maccas with meth' man claims

Rocky man fined for drug driving

Teen's attempt to hide drugs down pants didn't fool police

Jack Nasser.

He was found with cannabis, ice and related utensils.

Opinion: Share some random acts of CQ kindness

Comedian Akmal Saleh explains his mockery of Rockhampton and speaks about Mayor Brad Carter forgiving him.

Share some random acts of CQ kindness: Opinion of Sharyn O'Neill

Latest deals and offers

New ICI at Rockhampton Hospital

Brittany Lauga, Karen Smith and David Austin at the new ICU in Rockhampton Hospital. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

Director of Intensive Care Services for Central Queensland David Austin. It began...

Bill Byrne on Tim Nicholls

NO BULL: Police minister Bill Byrne has defended his performance in the agriculture portfolio.

Bill Byrne speaks about Tim Nicholls defeated Lawrence Springborg.

Federal Police Defuse Dance Bomb

Australian Federal Police respond to "threat" in Canberra.

Australian Federal Police respond to "threat" in Canberra.

Real estate agent says new developments push area forward

ON THE UPSIDE: Shae O’Reilly says the Capricorn Coast and the wider region has plenty of projects going on while we wait for an outcome on Great Keppel Island.

"sentiment can’t hang its hat on one setback for one project"

Real estate reveals Rocky's rising suburbs

Pat O'Driscoll Real Estate sales consultant Talitha Dodson Photo: Contributed

Talitha Dodson says it’s not all doom and gloom

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.