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  • Dental checkup

    Posted 16/09/2013 by Amanda Biggs
    Image source: Dental Council of NSW
    A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) presents a snapshot of the oral health and dental behaviour of Australian adults in 2010. The National Dental Interview Survey was conducted on a random sample of over 10,000 Australian adults during the period July 2010 to February 2011. The survey found that a majority of adults reported they had good dental health, with two thirds having visited a dentist in the previous 12 months. But a significant proportion of those su... Read more...

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  • Not much to smile about: two new reports highlight dental inequities

    Posted 26/10/2012 by Amanda Biggs
    Source: Australian Government
    Two new dental reports provide a timely overview of the oral health of those with chronic illnesses compared to the broader population, and on the oral health of children and their families.The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) publication Chronic conditions and oral health reveals disparities in oral health between people with a chronic condition and those without. The publication reports on a survey that measured five oral health impacts: toothache, discomfort with appearance o... Read more...

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  • Closure of controversial dental scheme a step closer—but dentists remain in the dark

    Posted 7/09/2012 by Amanda Biggs
    Image source: Department of Defence
    Following the announcement of a $4 billion dental package directed at children and those on low incomes, the Government has moved to close down the controversial Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (CDDS). The Health Insurance (Dental Services) Amendment Determination 2012 (No. 1), registered on 6 September 2012, amends the Health Insurance (Dental Services) Determination 2007 to bring about a staged cessation of the CDDS by 30 November 2012. The Determination is a disallowable legislative instrument ... Read more...

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  • New dental package announced—but it’s not Denticare

    Posted 29/08/2012 by Amanda Biggs
    Image source: NT Health
    Today the Health Minister, Tanya Plibersek, announced a new dental package worth $4 billion over six years. The government will provide Medicare funded dental services to children and an expanded public dental service for low income adults and those in rural and regional areas, as well as an additional investment in dental infrastructure and workforce. From January 2014, children aged 2 to 17 will be entitled to up to $1000 for ‘basic’ dental work over a 2 year period from a dentist of their cho... Read more...

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  • Calls to waive dentists' debts to Medicare

    Posted 19/04/2012 by Amanda Biggs
    Image source: WA Department of Health
    On 19 March 2012, the Opposition health spokesman the Hon. Peter Dutton, introduced the Health Insurance (Dental Services) Bill 2012 into the House of Representatives. The Bill was also introduced into the Senate on 21 March by Senator David Bushby, and immediately referred to the Senate Finance and Administration Committee for inquiry. The Bill proposes to 'redress past and future inequities that have arisen from the operation of subsection 10(2) of the Health Insurance (Dental Services) Determ... Read more...

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  • An overview of universal dental schemes

    Posted 22/02/2012 by Amanda Biggs
    Image source: Department of Defence
    Ongoing reports of poor dental health outcomes and growing concerns that financial barriers are impeding access to affordable dental care continue to fuel calls for reform in the area of dental health. As part of its agreement with the Greens, the Government promised major dental reform but deferred significant action. It funded a number of dental internships last budget and established a national dental advisory council, to provide advice on priorities for dental reform for the upcoming budget.... Read more...

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  • Stalemate looms over closure of chronic disease dental scheme

    Posted 11/11/2011 by Amanda Biggs
    Image: Dental Health Services Victoria
    It is looking increasingly unlikely that the Government will move to close down the popular, but costly to the budget, chronic disease dental scheme (CDDS) before the end of the year. This is despite increasing pressure on the Government to meet its commitment to return the budget to surplus in 2012–13 and the subsequent savings closure of the scheme would deliver. During recent Senate Estimates hearings in October, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Ageing indicated that while it rem... Read more...

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  • Dental care—holes to be filled

    Posted 6/09/2010 by Amanda Biggs
    Calls for urgent action on dental care have been a feature of public debate in recent years and were raised yet again in the context of the recent Federal election. The issue remains high on the agenda, as evidenced by the recent agreement between the Greens and Labor which included a commitment to improving investments in dental care. These calls for action are supported by reports of:declining oral health status—one quarter of adults have untreated decay, with higher rates amongst the financia... Read more...

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