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The UQ's oral health centre in Herston. Owing to a new partnership with Metro North Hospital and Health Service, the public hospital and health service for the north side of Brisbane, the university is expanding its free dental care offering. (Photograph: Kgbo/Wikimedia Commons)
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UQ to increase free dental care through new partnership

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BRISBANE, Australia: In collaboration with Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS), the University of Queensland (UQ) has announced it will be offering more free dental care for disadvantaged populations. Through the alliance, which began with the amalgamation of UQ and MNHHS teaching, research and clinical activities in January, the university expects to be able to serve an additional 8,000 patients at its new oral health centre in Herston.

“UQ will be responsible for the academic function of the alliance, providing evidence-based teaching and clinically focused research, while Metro North will be responsible for clinical service delivery and clinical supervision of students,” UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Prof. Bruce Abernethy said.

As part of the partnership, Brisbane Dental Hospital will be relocated in stages from its current Turbot Street location to UQ’s new state-of-the-art facility in the Herston Health Precinct throughout the year, Abernethy explained. The university's oral health centre on Herston campus opened in 2015 and is one of Australia’s largest and most advanced dental facilities.

“Both personally and professionally, I am proud to announce that one of the main tenets of the alliance is the focus on providing dental treatment for the Brisbane North area’s most vulnerable population,” commented Head of the UQ School of Dentistry Prof. Pauline Ford on the alliance.

As UQ’s dentistry students are committed to providing health care to those who require it most, the partnership was another opportunity for them to improve the quality of life of those in need, Ford added.

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