$1.34MILLION FOR ORAL HEALTH SERVICES ON THE NORTH COAST
North Coast Nationals MPs, Don Page, Thomas George, Geoff Provest and Chris Gulaptis have been advised by the NSW Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, Kevin Humphries that their lobbying for better oral health services on the North Coast has been successful.
Member for Ballina, Don Page said the announcement by the NSW Government today of Oral Health 2020: A Strategic Framework for Dental Health in NSW was a vital step forward in returning quality services to oral health and providing equitable access to dental care.
“Myself, along with Thomas George, Geoff Provest and Chris Gulaptis have all lobbied the NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner and Minister for Healthy Lifestyles, Kevin Humphries to make sure we get our fair share of this Federal funding,” Mr Page said.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner has announced the State had signed a National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Treating More Public Dental Patients, under which NSW will receive up to $110.8 million from the Commonwealth to increase public dental services until March 31, 2015.
“The NPA will see $1,345,094 invested in improving oral health services for the people of the Northern NSW Local Health District, to the period ending 30 June 2013,” Mr Page said.
“I’m hopeful that the Northern NSW Local Health District will be successful in future funding rounds to continue to provide dental services for the people on the North Coast,” Mr Page said.
Member for Lismore, Thomas George said that it is good that for the first time in NSW there is a comprehensive framework to reform the delivery of dental services and improve dental outcomes for the people of NSW.
“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. Through our Strategic Framework we will ensure that there is a marked improvement in oral health outcomes,” Member for Tweed, Geoff Provest said.
“Through Oral Health 2020, the NSW Government has a platform for action on dental health into the next decade, tailored to the needs of our communities such as those in the Clarence Electorate,” Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis said.