ADA in the News

  • Nearly half of all primary school kids have decayed baby teeth, study finds

    19 May 2016

    ADA President Dr Rick Olive has again warned of the dangers of axing the CDBS, saying that many of the children cited in a new study as suffering from high rates of decay in their baby teeth were from low income families. 

  • How to get $1000 free dental care for your kids

    11 May 2016

    With the legislation required to abolish the CDBS failing to pass through Parliament prior to the election, the scheme remains operational and ADA President Rick Olive is encouraging parents to make appointments as soon as possible.

  • Dental details still unclear says AMA

    5 May 2016

    Details on the new caPDS scheme remain unclear even after Treasurer Scott Morrison handed down the Federal Budget on 3 May with the ADA continuing to describe the scheme as "smoke and mirrors".

  • PolicyCheck: the Coalition’s dental health care policy

    4 May 2016

    In the light of last night's budget confirmation that the CDBS will be replaced by the caPDS, the ADA continues to maintain that the policy represents an effective funding cut that will harm the longterm oral health of the nation.

  • Deceptive dental plan is "smoke and mirrors"

    3 May 2016

    The ADA has labelled the new Child and Adult Public Dental Scheme a "false promise" of expanded publicly-funded dental care with the poorest patients likely to be consigned to ever-lengthening waiting lists.

  • Bad gums could signal diabetes

    29 April 2016

    “Out of control” infected gums can be a sign that people are suffering from type 2 diabetes, says Dr Peter Aldritt, chairman of the ADA’s Oral Health Committee. 

  • Liberal funding for dental care worse than pulling teeth

    28 April 2016

    The Federal government's newly-announced caPDS scheme is being presented as a major boost for publicly-funded dental services but the truth is, says ADA President Dr Rick Olive, that the claims are nothing but "smoke and mirrors" and signal a significant cut in actual funding.

  • Malcolm Turnbull’s medical problem

    28 April 2016

    In common with many other healthcare professionals, the ADA is fighting moves by the Turnbull government to axe an important program; in this case the CDBS whose proposed replacement, according to ADA CEO Robert Boyd-Boland, marks a reduction, not an increase, in funding of dental care.

  • Subsidised dental services plan proposed by Government a $1b cut

    23 April 2016

    ADA President Rick Olive has labelled the Federal Government's proposed Child and Adult Dental Public Dental Scheme a "fanciful ... back of the envelope" approach to the serious issue of delivering dental services to disadvantaged groups in Australian society.

  • Dentists slam Turnbull government 'cuts' under new scheme

    23 April 2016

    The ADA has condemned the Turnbull government's new dental scheme, intended as a replacement for the CDBS, as a "smoke and mirrors" plan that will result in a $200m a year cut for publicly-funded dental services.