Poorly funded and promoted dental schemes, long waiting lists for public dentistry, price rises in private health insurance premiums and the destructive forces of the pandemic have all joined to form a perfect storm for a dramatic decline in Australia’s oral health.
Greens Party spokesperson for aged care and community services, Senator Janet Rice, has spoken to COTA Australia CEO Ian Yates in an online webinar about her party’s plans for aged care if they acquire balance of power following the upcoming election. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Greens leader Adam Bandt says if the Greens hold the balance of power after the election, his party will tackle the cost of living by getting dental and mental health into Medicare, fixing the housing affordability crisis and wiping student debt.
Older person’s should not be in a position where they have to compromise on their oral care because of affordability concerns. Some say a substantial boost to funding for public dental services is urgently needed. BIANCA ROBERTS reports
Dental therapists Leonie Short and April van den Elsen attended the 2021 Seniors EXPO at Ipswich Showgrounds in Queensland last week, and later shared their newfound knowledge in oral health care training with a group of nurses and carers with Churches of Christ Community Care in Booval.