East Timor 2014

Equal Health's team of volunteers provided 1,066 of the world's most vulnerable people with relief from dental pain in East Timor last year. It's amazing the difference this can make to people's lives.

After a successful 2013, our partner in East Timor is keen to continue and further develop our partnership next year so we can help more people have much needed access to dental care.

Dr Ross Brandon is Head of Clinic Café Timor which is the health branch of Café Cooperativa Timor and our local partner. He reported that all the communities visited in 2013 enthusiastically requested the program return in 2014 and beyond.

Logistically we have found the best team is a single dentist and an assistant. The assistant can range from another dentist to a well trained amateur assistant (not necessarily a qualified assistant) as field work requires limited skill sets.

By volunteering you can make a significant difference by providing free dental care to some of the world's poorest people who generally don't have access to dental care.

According to our team of health professionals and communities we serve, an appointment with Equal Health really is life changing, both for the people we serve and our volunteers.

The first trip for 2014 will be in the first two weeks of March and we also plan to send volunteers in May, June, July, August, September and November.

Applications are merit based, however, as there are only a limited number of places available, positions will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For more information or to register your interest in an East Timor assignment email info@equalhealth.org.au

Download the East Timor Volunteer Information Kit.

Download a volunteer position description.


Dental Hygienist/Therapist

Dental Nurse/Assistant

"It was a unique opportunity to experience the country and at the same time offer some services that are not often available to the local people. This type of trip makes you appreciate the things we take for granted at home."

East Timor 2012 Volunteer - Paul Stockham, Dentist, Bundaberg, Queensland

"Plenty of cavities but with our helpers we saw 200 children in a morning at this school just outside Letefoho."

East Timor 2012 Volunteer -Bill Hawkes, Dentist, Subiaco, Western Australia

"I would also like to take this oppotunity to thank Equal Health for establishing a fantastic progam which I was a part of and truely feel that it was a life changing experience for me.If I am finacial enough in the next few years I would love to organise another trip and take along work collegues whom I have shared my adventures with."

East Timor 2011 Volunteer - Tracey Doble, Dental Nurse, Taylors Lakes, Victoria

East Timor and Australian dental volunteers

The seven year old Toyota Prado began the first of a dizzying array of hill climbs and, from the front seat, Ross glanced over his shoulder, and smiled.

"No straight roads once we leave Dili."

He was right. Dr Ross Brandon is the Chief Medical Advisor for Clinic Café Timor (CCT), the health care division of Cooperativa Café Timor, a member owned coffee processing and marketing cooperative. He has been working in East Timor for more than 11 years, and he is the key architect and manager of the Cooperative's health programme.

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