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Government needs to rethink its Dental Health Plan: Greens

Rachel Siewert 17 Feb 2009

The Australian Green today called on the Government to rethink its Commonwealth Dental Health Plan in light of the recently released report from the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.

"With this report recommending a new much stronger approach to dental health, it is clear that the Government's current plan is just tinkering around the edges," said Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert.

"Dental health in Australia has long needed radical change, as the system fails many Australians."

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Greens call for ‘DentiCare’ – universal dental care

Rachel Siewert 16 Feb 2009

The Australian Greens are calling on the Government to ensure that universal, affordable dental health care is fully adopted following the release today of the report by the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission.

"It has long been Greens policy to incorporate dental care into Medicare. We believe that it is essential that all Australians have access to dental care. It is just as essential to have good dental health as other forms of health," said Australian Greens health spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert, commenting on media reports today.

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Medicare Dental Treatment

Rachel Siewert 16 Sep 2008

The Greens will not be supporting this motion either. We are deeply concerned about the dental health of Australians and deeply concerned about a dental program that is now proving to be effective. The Greens are well aware that it was not as effective before as it became in November, when the threshold went up over two years to nearly $4,500. That meant that many people could access dental treatment for the first time. Many people for the first time ever were finally able to access dental treatment.

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Greens hold out for comprehensive dental plan

Rachel Siewert 16 Sep 2008

The Australian Greens today voted to continue the Medicare dental scheme for the chronically ill, after the Government failed to fix obvious gaps in their planned rollout of the proposed Commonwealth Dental Health Program (CDHP).

"The Medicare dental scheme has helped thousands of Australians suffering from chronic health problems directly related to dental problems since it was improved in November 2007," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Australians deserve proper dental care

Rachel Siewert 15 Sep 2008

The Australian Greens today announced that they would not be supporting the Government's motion to repeal Medicare rebates on dental care for people with chronic illness.

"Since it started in November 2007, the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme has helped thousands of Australians suffering from chronic health problems directly related to dental problems," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

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Greens work on Indigenous health gets top marks

The National Rural Heath Alliance has issued its updated election scorecard, placing the Australian Greens ahead of all other political parties.


"The Greens have been calling for priority funding for Indigenous health and advocating a strategy to 'close the gap' on life expectancy within a generation," said Senator Rachel Siewert.


"We are pleased to have our advocacy recognised on this pressing issue," she said. "For far too long Australia's record on the health of its first peoples has been an international embarrassment."

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Land of the Fair Go

Today the Australian Council of Social Services ACOSS released its Federal Election statement "Towards a Fairer Australia".

The question it poses is simple - if Australia as a nation can't find it in its heart to help out the disadvantaged and ensure a fair go for all Australians during the economic ‘good times', then can we really continue to think of this country as the land of the fair go?

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