The new Dental Clinic at Mareeba Hospital is part of a James Cook University program to provide rural work placement experience for Bachelor of Dental Surgery students, as part of its commitment to provide a Dental workforce for rural, remote and Indigenous communities in Northern Australia.
The additional dental chairs were included in a simple extension to the rear of the facility, doubling the building size and increasing the number of dental chairs from 2 to 6. Each chair has glazing opening out to the hospital grounds to reduce the clinical feel of the interior spaces. High-level glazing between chairs and the corridors provides a light filled interior. The extension also included new sterilisation area and the existing building was refurbished to provide a new laboratory, staff amenities and reception area.
The design of the Dental chairs enables student supervision by the Dentist on site whilst maintaining radiation protection for each chair.
The construction phase of the project was carefully staged to maintain operation of the existing clinic throughout the works.
The design and documentation of the project was completed by Alanna Coburn and Helen Bolton while working at dwp|suters and Coburn Architecture managed the Construction Phase.
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