New dental lab providing local jobs

Work is ramping up on the largest dental prosthetics laboratory in Victoria, which will create 38 jobs and better care for people in the Latrobe Valley.

Gippsland firm, BFN Developments has engaged 20 Gippsland-based sub-contractors to provide goods and services to assist with the construction of the $5.33 million Latrobe Valley University Training Clinic and Dental Prosthetic Laboratory in Churchill.

The Government has invested $1.9 million into the new facility, which is being delivered by Victoria’s largest regional community health service provider, Latrobe Community Health Services (LCHS).

This project will help expand LCHS’s workforce and diversify its business, which will help to sustain its role as a local employer well into the future.

The facility is situated next to Federation University – a project partner – and provides an exciting opportunity for teaching and research collaboration between LCHS and Federation University.

It will also provide specialist medical services to 3,000 Federation University students and over 920 staff.

When complete, the Latrobe Valley University Training Clinic and Dental Prosthetic Laboratory will include:

• A specialist laboratory to make dental prosthetics

• Three dental surgeries and consultation rooms for physiotherapy, podiatry and counselling

• Workspaces and offices to accommodate up to 35 staff, students and academics

• High quality environmental building performance through solar roof panels and water recycling.

The new facility will be the only dental prosthetics laboratory in Victoria with enough capacity to supply all Victorian dentists, reducing the need for imports.