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Dental Rescue Team

Dental Rescue Day

NDF Vision

Dental health is a real issue and burden for many people. The NDF aims to reach out with the assistance of established charities to help these needy people by providing free dental treatment and assisting them to register and access the public health service for ongoing treatment.

As well as providing a well organised and efficient platform to enable volunteer dental industry professionals to deliver free dental treatment, the NDF is the focal point for established charities across Australia to seek help for their clients who need urgent dental care

The NDF offers volunteers a great degree of flexibility in how they can be involved. Practice owners are encouraged to volunteer their practices for use in a Dental Rescue Day, when local charities refer their genuinely needy clients for basic dental treatment. Dentists, hygienists, oral health therapists and dental assistants can offer their services to work in a volunteering practice.

The NDF has the organisational role of recruiting dental volunteers, liaising with charities to reach out to the needy and arranging treatment appointments.

Alternatively, a dentist may choose to adopt a patient who has extensive dental needs and may need multiple appointments to achieve a desirable outcome. There have been many cases where continuity of treatment has dramatically changed the life of the patient by giving them the self-esteem and confidence to move to a positive future.

Being an all-inclusive charity the NDF has been able to win the support of the ADIA, the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of dental products. We are grateful for the ongoing support of the Australian Dental Association, both nationally and in the state offices, which provides invaluable support to our State Coordinators.

The NDF is grateful for the wide industry support in making a meaningful contribution to the lives of disadvantaged people.