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First dental steps promising – Greens

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Rachel Siewert 10 May 2011

The Australian Greens say the first steps have been taken towards a national dental care scheme, with the Government making an initial commitment in tonight’s budget.

“This $53 million down payment on national dental care is a promising start to what will be a significant change to Australia’s health care system,” Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said tonight.

“This $53 million investment will benefit low income earners in the public health system.

“Developing a national Denticare system has been a long held Greens policy and has the capacity to improve the health outcomes for millions of Australians.

“We’re now looking to next year’s budget, with the Government saying dental care will be a priority issue.

“A key Green achievement is the successful negotiation which has seen the establishment of a new independent National Advisory Council on Oral Health.

“The council will oversee the development of this new approach, establishing a framework for dental health reform.

“Effective long term change to dental health must be implemented with care and financial responsibility and the Council will be an important part ensuring that is the case,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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