Australian Dental Health Plan

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Not everyone in Australia has equal access to dental care.

The ADA believes that everyone should have equitable, timely and appropriate access to oral healthcare and so, in a bid to combat this inequity, it has launched the Australian Dental Health Plan.

The plan provides a comprehensive framework through which the federal government can provide services to groups with unmet dental health needs such as children, adults and the aged from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from rural and remote areas, and those with special needs.

It is envisaged that the plan would lead to the development of schemes targeted to these groups and would replicate the success of the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

In conjunction with the development of these schemes, oral health campaigns would be launched to educate people on the way in which reduced tobacco use and considerably-decreased consumption of sugary and fatty food and drinks leads to improved oral health.

Additionally, there would also be a concerted effort to introduce water fluoridation into localities with a population of 1,000 or more residents.