A major milestone towards better oral health

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

 

The Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association (AHHA) welcomed the passage of the Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2012 through Federal Parliament today.

The Australian Healthcare & Hospitals Association is the independent peak membership body and advocate for the Australian healthcare system and a national voice for universally accessible, high quality healthcare.

“This scheme represents a major step forward for dental services in Australia,” Ms Prue Power AM, CEO of the AHHA, said today.

“This investment in Medicare funded dental care will have a lasting impact on the oral and general health of Australian children.  As poor dental health can cause a range of health and social problems, including chronic illnesses, social difficulties and barriers to entering employment, there will be ongoing benefits as children grow into adulthood.

“The Government’s dental reform program also delivers additional funding for adult services, oral health promotion, training and education. The AHHA looks forward to continued collaboration with all sides of politics and health services at the National, State and Territory level to ensure that the intended benefits of the reform program flow through to patients and deliver the oral health services that Australians deserve,” Ms Power said.

For more information/comment: Ms Prue Power, CEO AHHA, 0417 419 857