CCK Recommendation 442

That the Australian Government continue to support the Child Dental Benefits Schedule that provides basic dental services for children aged 2–17.

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Comments

The program needs to be focused on prevention and early intervention and risk assessment for all children is essential

It is essential that all organisations have access to the CDBS. Access for government services has been given only for 12 months at a time with no security for planning. Benefits should also be payable if services are provided by dental students under supervision.

Statement needs to be as strong as possible. The implications of the impending cut are potentially profound if it assists the Commonwealth in opting out of responsibility for dental health care. Denial by the Commonwealth of responsibility for dental services would set back dental policy and funding many years and continue to mean oral health and dental care will be ostracized from the general health scene. It is an essential part of general health and well being and a critical component of primary health care.

We need to ensure that children and youth in rural and remote areas are also not left out of this discussion and that funding. It can be incredible difficult to get services to these areas and dental caries and the ongoing ramifications of this disease is significant.

We need to ensure that children and youth in rural and remote areas are also not left out of this discussion and that funding. It can be incredible difficult to get services to these areas and dental caries and the ongoing ramifications of this disease is significant.