24 August 2011

Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today welcomed the establishment of a Dental Health Taskforce to develop a plan to reduce dental waiting times, address public dentistry workforce shortages and increase sustainable dental services to match local needs.

“Our election commitment to reform the delivery of dental services and improve dental outcomes for the people of NSW is a key priority for the NSW Government,” he said.

“The Dental Health Taskforce will develop a comprehensive NSW Dental Health Action Plan to return quality services to dental health and provide equitable access to dental care.

“The Taskforce will also consider strategies to improve the oral health outcomes for people with high dental health needs – especially those with a disability, older people, children and young people in ‘out of home’ care.

“The NSW Government understands that good dental health is fundamental to the enjoyment of life, vital to general good health and significantly contributes to confidence and wellbeing and we are committed to ensuring that there is a marked improvement in dental health services.”

Chair of the Dental Health Taskforce, Professor Chris Peck, welcomed the establishment of the taskforce and the opportunity to develop an action plan to deliver more equitable dental services to the people of NSW.

“The Taskforce has the potential to prioritise and drive better dental health outcomes in NSW and I look forward to working with the NSW Government to achieve this aim,” he said.

Mr George said there was an urgent need to work more closely with the Federal Government to develop strategies to address identified priority areas for dental health, particularly in regional areas.

“On all measures of tooth loss, people outside the State’s metropolitan centres fare much worse than residents in Sydney,” he said.

“Rates of complete tooth loss and untreated decay, for example, are much more prevalent in regional NSW, so it is vital that we look at strategies to overcome the factors that are causing regional people to suffer significantly poorer oral health.”

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Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
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