Thursday, 29 April 2010

Public dental care and the Teeth First trial: A history of decay

This report examines the implications of the lack of timely dental treatment for people on low incomes. Based on the state of dental services available to low-income Australians, the costs of not providing timely treatment, and the findings of the Teeth First trial, recommendations are made for changes to the public dental scheme, including:

* Fully incorporated dental care within Medicare;
* Offer dental scholarships with similar conditions to those of the Commonwealth Bonded Medical Places Scheme and Increase remuneration for public sector dentists and ancillary staff;
* Launch a government-funded national dental health campaign.

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