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New oral health clinic offers free treatment at InnerCity

New oral health clinic offers free treatment at InnerCity

Health, well-being and quality of life have received a boost with the launch of a new oral health clinic at our InnerCity site.

The pilot program is the latest allied health service to be conveniently co-located alongside a range of homelessness services onsite and is the result of a partnership between Baptist Care SA and the Australian Dental Foundation.

Unfortunately, when lives are in crisis this impacts people’s ability to access the very services they need. In response, Baptist Care SA has partnered with service providers to offer regular nurse, GP, drug and alcohol, and mental health clinician visits, physiotherapy, hairdressing and pet care services, and an arts program. These health and well-being initiatives are all co-located with critical support services such as emergency relief, advocacy, referral and meals services, laundry and shower facilities, free legal aid, case management and a community food hub.

Leanne* was one of the first patients to access the service. Health issues as a child have caused considerable damage to her teeth, but due to financial difficulties, anxiety, and her responsibilities as primary carer to her elderly mother, she struggles to access the treatment she needs.

“It meant so much to me. Having access to a free service means I can actually afford treatment. The clinic made me feel comfortable. It was really helpful, and they explained what I needed to know about future treatment as well.”

For more information about the clinic, or if you would like to make a referral, talk to us today.
T: 08 8118 5200

*not her real name

Baptist Care SA, lives, works and walks on Kaurna, Permangk and Boandik lands. We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the state’s first peoples, recognise their traditional ownership, and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs, deep connection and continued guardianship of land and waters. We value the contributions of Elders past and present, and are committed to learning from those emerging.