That dentistry is not treated like the rest of medicine in this country is a national disgrace.
But moving past that Chief Minister Gallagher has signed a deal with Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek:
Ms Plibersek said the Australian Government is investing $5.5 million in the ACT’s public dental system over the next two-and-a-half years to reduce public dental waiting lists.
“This funding will enable almost 4000 more ACT residents to get low-cost dental care,” Ms Plibersek said.
“People eligible for public dental care are often from lower-income households and families, which tend to have the most significant risk of poor oral health.
“I am delighted to be able to deliver these health dollars to improve dental care where it is most needed.”
The ACT Government has earmarked the funding to fast track several dental care initiatives. These will result in recruitment of more dental professionals including dentists, oral health therapists, dental assistants and prosthetists; the use of the private dental sector to provide general dental and prosthetic services; and more general anaesthetic sessions for people with special needs and children.