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national partnership agreements

With current National Partnership Agreements (NPAs) on Public Dental Services for Adults due to end on 30 June and no sign of an extension, the Australian Dental Association (ADA) is urging the National Cabinet to renew the arrangements.

NPAs are funded by the Commonwealth and allow states and territories to increase services to eligible patients, either within their own facilities or outsource treatment of public patients to the private sector, where the public system cannot cope due to long waiting lists.

“If the NPA funding isn’t extended, we estimate around 720 patients a day, or 180,000 a year, will miss out on dental services they so badly need,” ADA president Dr Carmelo Bonanno said.

“This will result in waiting lists getting even longer, and people’s dental issues will get even worse as they wait years for treatment.

“The National Partnership Agreements expires on June 30 and as yet there’s no concrete plan for its continuation or replacement.”

Peak oral health bodies including the ADA are calling on governments to extend the current agreement for two years to allow time for a national group of experts to be established to advise on a more permanent solution.

This article was sourced from the ADA website.


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