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Kimberley Dental Team (KDT)



Directorate: Community

Project Leader: Liz Pattison

Approved: Oct 2013

Code: C4

Documented: Yes (where?)

Funds Required: Nll

Project Team: 3

Total Hours pa: 300

Member Involvement: Occasional toothpaste drives

Status: Ongoing (Active)


Description KDT, led by Jan and John Owen, organises teams of volunteer dental personnel travelling to Halls Creek and surrounding Aboriginal communities for two months a year, to provide free dental services and address the significant dental pain and suffering of Aboriginal people in the region, as well as achieving lasting change through oral health education.


In partnership with the Rotary Club of Perth, Heirisson has been able to provide expertise to achieve sustainability for KDT and growth well beyond the Halls Creek area, to also include Perth metro and outer metro, and to extend the dental services to the full year (all documented in the KDT strategic plan and business plan). This is an ongoing program of work that will last a number of years.


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Heirisson’s role and criticality to success ·     Heirisson provides professional services to KDT that they would not be able to afford otherwise: strategic planning, business planning, funding applications, statistical analysis, data management, risk management, vehicle purchasing

·     Heirisson also organizes campaigns to provide toothpaste tubes for KDT

·     Heirisson’s efforts are critical to the sustainability and growth of KDT


Part of a strategic relationship or partnering/alliance? ·     Strategic relationship with KDT and Rotary Club of Perth
What difference will the Project/Program make? ·     Direct relief of chronic and severe pain, suffering and distress resulting from gross dental disease in Aboriginal children, families and communities – in the last year, KDT has treated 945 patients at a total value of $200,000;

·     Relief of suffering leading to better focused, more productive children in schools; and

·     Practical, positive dental health education for Aboriginal children and families


Other Benefits (Include sustainability of benefits, fun to do, recognition for Heirisson) ·     Heirisson’s efforts are focused on making KDT itself sustainable for the long term, and for their model to be adopted state-wide

·     The project is fun for all involved with great camaraderie and passion.

·     Extensive recognition for Rotary. Minimum specific recognition for Heirisson.



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