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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin April 2011
33 APRIL 2011 The ADA identifies AREAS OF DENTAL NEED in its 2011 Pre-Budget submission national dental update The Australian Dental Association’s (ADA) Pre-Budget submission to the Federal government identifies the priority areas where investment by government will lead to necessary improvements in oral health. The table on the right outlines additional expenditure recommended by the ADA for the 2011–2012 period: Key proposals of the ADA Pre-Budget submission include: • Eligibility for Federal dental schemes to be confined to financially and geographically disadvantaged Australians. • Significant funding is required to increase dental clinical positions/chairs to accommodate the dramatic increase in student numbers. • Remuneration and work environments within rural and regional Australia to be improved through graduate rural and regional debt forgiveness employment incentives, Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) reimbursement schemes, rural bonded scholarships, and a rural retention scheme. • A comprehensive dental workforce review in order to estimate future workforce needs, and to establish the appropriate education and training resources. • The progressive introduction of a Foundation (Intern) Year to provide new dental graduates with mentoring and also help alleviate some problems regarding access to dental services currently suffered by disadvantaged Australians. • Additional vocational and higher education places to be set aside to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in oral health. • Improved oral health assessments for older Australians through the Home and Community Care program and the Aged Care Assessment Service. • Sustainable funding for a National Child Oral Health Survey. • An immediate review of fees paid for DVA services to ensure fees are commensurate with the ADA Annual Fees Survey results and other health indices. • A considerable education process to be undertaken by the profession to prepare itself for practice accreditation and e-Health initiatives. • Acceptance of the ADA’s proposal, DentalAccess. DentalAccess will deliver long-term dental care to those within the community that require it due to disadvantage. This should be implemented rather than the National Health and Hospital Commission’s (NHHRC) proposal for Denticare (or other Denticare proposals) which would only deliver untargeted services to all Australians which don’t solve our problems with oral health. • The Commonwealth to take up the leadership role to ensure that the minimum standard of dental health is achieved throughout the community. Urgent attention is required to ensure improved timely access to dental health delivery to many disadvantaged Australians. The oral health of the Australian population is mixed. Many in the community enjoy good oral health, supported by timely access to high quality dental care. By contrast, others in the community suffer from poor oral health, spending excessive periods – sometimes years – waiting to receive basic dental care in our public system. It is to this group that immediate action needs to be taken. The ADA’s Pre-Budget submission clearly outlines plans to improve the oral health of the Australian population. For full details on the ADA’s DentalAccess proposal and Pre-Budget submission please visit www.ada.org.au Source: National Dental Update, February 2011. The ADA National Dental Update is a monthly publication distributed to politicians and opinion leaders. Other issues can be viewed at www.ada.org.au ITEM Additional Funding for 2011–12 ($) Dental workforce and higher education $27,457,500 Commonwealth funded national oral health programs (additional to $290m pledge) $450,000,000– 900,000,000 Indigenous oral health $3,500,000 Older people $10,550,000 Children and adolescents $153,500,000 People with special needs $29,750,000 Department of Veterans’ Affairs $11,250,000 Additional items for Medicare – anomalies of the dentition $9,452,000 Oral health promotion $17,000,000 e-Health initiatives $37,525,000 Practice accreditation support $179,051,000 PBS ‘Doctor’s Bag’ $650,000 TOTAL $1,379,685,500
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