The Australian Dental Association has congratulated the Coalition Government on its re-election and looks forward to continuing working with Health Minister Greg Hunt in the delivery of publicly funded oral health care.
“During the election the ADA was overwhelmed by feedback from both ADA branches around Australia and the public about the desperate need to provide oral health care to disadvantaged groups,” ADA president Dr Carmelo Bonanno said.
“This is a critical area for the Coalition Government, to address the needs of the disadvantaged, for whom public waiting lists mean their oral health declines while they wait to be treated.
“Everyone in Australia regardless of their ability to pay, should be able to receive dental care,” Dr Bonanno said.
“Our goal is a robust model of a mix of affordable public and private dentistry which accommodates the dental needs of the whole community.”
The ADA has long lobbied successive federal governments to address the urgent and growing need for additional, targeted and sustainable funding to meet the requirements of disadvantaged Australians.
This story was sourced from an ADA press release.