Brotherhood of St Laurence

23 February 2012 Chair: Ms Mary Murnane

The Council has given careful consideration to the issues facing Australians in accessing appropriate and timely dental care and has developed options to improve dental health. Since providing the Interim Report, the Council has further developed the options and indicative costings. As a good oral health foundation in childhood is the key determinant of oral health throughout life, the Council commends the importance of a universal option for children. However, given the existing fiscal environment, the Council has included scaled down options for children, and adult options that are focused mainly on the most economically disadvantaged. The Council agrees that the long-term goal for dental health in Australia should be a system that allows universal access to dental care. However, any of the four options in the report will entail preparatory work involving legislation and, most likely, COAG consideration. Therefore, the Council has provided, as a first step, forerunner measures that could be implemented while preparatory work is being advanced.

Final Report of the NACDH February 2012.pdf

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