In its Federal Budget submission, the Australian Dental Health Foundation has called for an increase in government funding for oral health programs for some of Australia’s most vulnerable people.
With the ADHF already delivering over $1.1million of pro bono care each year to disadvantaged Australians, ADHF chairman David Owen said the submission outlines how the Federal Government can, with funding assistance of just $226,000 over three years, help deliver over $5million of essential dental treatment to disadvantaged Australians.
“Whilst the significant dollar value of services delivered by our volunteers speak for themselves, there are many stories that illustrate how the ADHF is making a difference to people’s lives across Australia” Owen said.
“With funding from the Federal Government, we will be able to increase the reach of our programs and make a difference to the lives of even more Australians by providing essential dental care that they would not otherwise be able to access.
Owen continued: “By working with private dental practices across Australia who donate their time, expertise and resources, the ADHF is able to coordinate delivery of oral health outcomes to a number of disadvantaged Australians who are not currently able to access the dental care they need.”
Based on information sourced from an ADA press release.