A parliamentary inquiry will look at identifying specific priorities in each state and territory for dental services funding.
A parliamentary inquiry will look at identifying specific priorities in each state and territory for dental services funding.

Dental care to go under microscope with calls for inquiry

ORAL health experts, community groups and service providers are being called on to take part in a national inquiry into adult dental services.

The new parliamentary inquiry by the House of Representatives Health Committee will look at identifying specific priorities in each state and territory for Commonwealth funding.

It will also consider the National Partnership Agreement on dental health, which aims to funnel government funds directly to state government to expand the public dental system.

Committee chairwoman Jill Hall said the inquiry was particularly interested in grass-roots feedback from regional areas.

"People in need should be able to access affordable dental care, regardless of what state or territory they live in, or whether they live in a remote community, a big city or a country town," she said.

"We are especially keen to learn from service providers themselves.

"Their experience is invaluable for developing policies that will deliver the best possible outcomes."

For more information, go to aph.gov.au/haa.

The inquiry will investigate:

  • Demand for dental services and waiting lists issues.
  • Availability and affordability of dental services for people living in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote locations.
  • Mix and coverage of dental services supported by all governments.
  • Availability and affordability of dental services for people with special dental health needs.
  • Co-ordination of dental services between the two tiers of government and with privately funded dental services.
  • Workforce issues relevant to the provision of dental services.

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