Project Report: Outreach Visit to Roma Hospital, Queensland

Visit by Dr Michael Schenberg, Oral and maxillofacial Surgeon, 25-27 July 2022

This was my second visit to Roma Hospital. I spent Monday and Tuesday operating in the OR on predominantly impacted wisdom teeth cases. The two general dentists, who work in the Roma Hospital dental clinic, assisted me. I provided face-to-face teaching in basic OR principles, basic surgical principles, and instructions on assessment and surgical removal of impacted wisdom teeth.

We operated on a total of eight cases. Most of these patients had been on the waiting list for some years at distant hospitals with OMS services.

On Wednesday I worked in the dental clinic and assessed and treated OMS cases referred by the clinic dentists and performed minor oral surgery procedures under LA. The dentists and nursing staff of the clinic assisted which provided additional teaching opportunities.

This was another interesting and rewarding trip. The dental staff and the patients were appreciative of having a specialist OMS visit Roma thereby providing services locally within the familiar Roma Hospital. Many patients lived in small towns long distances to the west of Roma. In addition to shortened waiting times, providing an OMS service in Roma saved these patients and supporting family members from having to travel an extra 350 kms from Roma to Toowoomba or Brisbane for treatment.

What is ANZAOMS?

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (ANZAOMS) is the professional representative organisation for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS).

Our focus is on the advancement, advocacy for, and continuing education of OMS, through engagement with all levels of government, regulators, key public and private stakeholders and the general public.

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ANZAOMS acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we meet and work, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ continuing connection to land, place, waters and community. We pay our respects to their cultures, country and elders past present and emerging.

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