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Greens put Australians' dental care high on the health agenda

Media Release
Bob Brown 20 Mar 2007

Greens leader Senator Bob Brown this morning addressed the Oral Health Alliance forum at Parliament House. Speaking to over 80 dental heath professionals, academics and dental care non government organisations, Senator Brown said that the Greens will reinstate a fully funded proactive school dental programme, providing dollar for dollar support to the states.
 
"This service is vital to ensure the healthy teeth of Australian children and adults into the future. A school dental service that proactively assesses and treats children's teeth teaches the importance of preventive and early intervention for good oral health for a life time," Senator Brown said.
 
"The costs to individuals, communities and the health service of continuing to ignore the dental care of significant number of Australians are enormous. The Howard government closed down the Commonwealth Dental Health Programme for low income earners when it came to office in 1996. A decade of neglect by state and federal governments has left the public dental system in disrepair.
 
"The Greens will redirect the funds from the private health insurance rebate to the public health system, including the public dental system.
 
"We will restore the Commonwealth Dental Health Programme for low income earners and investigate the establishment of a Denticare scheme for universal dental cover for all Australians," Senator Brown said.
 
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