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New body to advise on dental health

Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, and Greens Health Spokesperson, Senator for Victoria, Richard Di Natale, today announced the establishment of the National Advisory Council on Dental Health as part of the agreement between the Gillard Government and the Australian Greens.

Headed by former senior public servant Ms Mary Murnane, the council will provide expert advice on dental health issues.

Ms Roxon said the council will look at the current mix and coverage of dental services in order to provide advice on future needs and priorities for future reform.

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Major parties ignoring dental health : New poll shows Greens 'Denticare' proposal popular

Bob Brown 29 Jul 2010

The Australian Greens would use a stronger voice in federal parliament to push for increased funding for dental health, including a universal 'denticare' scheme.

A national Galaxy poll of over 1000 people shows that 82% of Australians would support the federal government establishing a universal dental-care scheme.

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, who will visit a suburban dental clinic in Sydney today, said that the Greens denticare system would help the 500,000+ Australians on dental waiting lists.

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