PROJECT OUTBACK DENTAL (POD) - Australia Outback Queensland

Event: Indigenous Children's Oral Health Examinaiton, Urgent Oral Treatments (OUT), and Preventative Dentistry Services

Location: Barcaldine, Australia (Outback Queensland)


Project Outback Dental is a private dental service delivery initiative of Dr Garret Robles, a former Senior Lecturer in Clinical Dentistry at James Cook University in Australia. 

Outback communities in Queensland Australia, particularly indigenous school aged children face difficulties getting oral health examinations and urgent dental treatments due to their community remoteness and lack of visiting dental professional able to regularly service the region.  POD's mobile dental van and state of the art mobile dental equipment addresses this need and has been an ongoing project for more than 2 and half years. 

POD is able to sustain its services for Indigenous school children by accessing the Australian Federal Government's Child Dental Benefits Schedule for eligible children as well as securing outsourcing contracts from Non Government Aboriginal Medical/Health Services.  For children and their families not eligible for public funding, private health insurances are accepted with out of pocket fees matching government funded fee schedules.

On the week of 20th of March, POD will be at Barcaldine Qld  to examie and treat 27 indigenous children from various remote communities.  Local non indigenous children and their families are also able to book for their oral health checks and treatment.

POD will likewise also service Hughenden and Richmond (2 other outback townships) the following week.  To deliver the service to all 3 locations, POD's very own principal dentist, Garret Robles, and his wife and business manager, Dr Mary Ann Palma  will tow it's dental van more than 2000kms (24 hours equivalent).   

Practice Principal Bio

Dr Garret Robles completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of the Philippines and Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatric Dentistry from the Philippine Children's Medical Centre.  Dr Robles has been involved in clinical teaching and clinical practice for 17 years and has a special interest in Community Dentistry and Paedodontics.  Dr Robles is a registered Australian Dental Practioner, currently in full time private practice. Dr Robles likewise currently serve as the Principal Dental Officer of the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service.


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