Report on public dental services

Report on public dental services

May 1998

© Commonwealth of Australia 1998
ISBN 0 642 25175 4

View the report as a single document - (PDF 916KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the Committee (PDF 64KB)
List of abbreviations and acronyms (PDF 34KB)
Recommendations (PDF 24KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 20KB)

Terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Background to the inquiry

Chapter 2 - Current and future dental care needs (PDF 146KB)

Oral health and general health
Groups with particular disadvantage
Forms of disadvantage
The use of private and public services in addressing disadvantage

Chapter 3 - Commonwealth dental health program (PDF 129KB)

Background to the operation of the CDHP
Benefits provided by the CDHP
Deficiencies of the CDHP
Impact since cessation of the CDHP
Reduced access to dental services

Chapter 4 - Commonwealth's responsibility for the provision of dental services (PDF 47KB)

Constitutional powers
State powers
Commonwealth involvement in dental services

Chapter 5 - Options for the future (PDF 135KB)

A Commonwealth funded dental health program
Coverage through Medicare or ‘Denticare’
Additional funding arrangements
Oral health promotion
Effective use of oral health professionals
Further measures to improve access to dental care and general oral health
Action in the short term – targeting areas of specific disadvantage
Action for the longer term – coordinated policy planning and development
National oral health survey
Oral health expertise in the Commonwealth Health Department

Minority report from the Coalition (PDF 18KB)
Appendix 1 - Organisation and individuals who presented written public submissions and additional information to the inquiry (PDF 124KB)
Appendix 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the Committee at public hearings (PDF 19KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3515
Fax: +61 2 6277 5829