Better access to public dental services

$345.9 million will be spent over three years to reduce public dental waiting lists

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There are currently 400,000 patients awaiting state-funded, public dental care - some have been waiting two years. As part of an overall dental funding package of $515.3 million, $345.9 million will be spent over three years to reduce public dental waiting lists. The remaining funding will provide:

  • Extended voluntary dental graduate program - $35.7 million
  • Oral health therapist graduate program -  $42.5 million
  • Grants to relocate dentists to rural, regional and remote areas - $77.7 million
  • Oral health promotion - $10.5 million





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    terrib
    9th May 2012
    4:08pm
    Graduate programs are great but these graduates won't be working until they complete their course so what about dental care now? We have been waiting for the dental clinic to restart but I don't read that happening.
    Anonymous
    11th May 2012
    10:30pm
    Maybe the balance of $169.4 million will be put towards helping those on the waiting lists to attend private dentists/prosthetists? Maybe..
    hawthorne
    11th May 2012
    6:01am
    I was on the waiting list for 7 years, when I finally went, all they did was reline my top plate. I neededa new top plate and I eventually went to my Doctor and got onto the system where the Govt allowed $2000 plus for dental work. I did qualify, and went to a private dentist, he made me a new top plate, which incidently, I had to pay $500 for, and he also made a bottom plate (which I didn't really need) so it seems that the money that was allowed, was not being used for what it was meant for.
    Anonymous
    11th May 2012
    10:25pm
    I'm wondering why you had to pay anything at all! The allowance is $4,250- $4,500. which is more than enough for upper and lower dentures. I too went to a private prosthetist for upper and lower as I have only 7 teeth left. Two years on and I received the same monetary amount again; I'm now in the process of having caps put on my two upper front teeth. In 2 years time I will have to have the upper denture amended as one of my 7 teeth is now loose. And it will be done. Having had awful teeth probs prior to being diagnosed with diabetes 2 I am extremely grateful to the government for ensuring that I can eat properly.
    hawthorne
    11th May 2012
    6:01am
    I was on the waiting list for 7 years, when I finally went, all they did was reline my top plate. I neededa new top plate and I eventually went to my Doctor and got onto the system where the Govt allowed $2000 plus for dental work. I did qualify, and went to a private dentist, he made me a new top plate, which incidently, I had to pay $500 for, and he also made a bottom plate (which I didn't really need) so it seems that the money that was allowed, was not being used for what it was meant for.
    Acushla
    21st May 2012
    9:28am
    Back in the distant past I could ring up the Sandgate Dental Clinic when I had an emergency and I was booked for the 10:30am treatments along with many others. When Premier Bligh issued her New Guidelines we had to ring up the Caboolture Hospital and request an appointment. It was a 1300 number so we had to go through all the red tape of a recorded message and we were lucky to get an answer within 5 minutes. Then we were told to take pain killers while waiting for verification of the appointment. Caboolture Hospital knew pain killers are ADDICTIVE but they did not care about this. When I finally got to the clinic I say young girls crying because of the pain they had. Premier Bligh was informed about this but we never got any replies to our Emails. Her Legacy of pain, suffering and harm in different ways she has caused since she became Premier still continues even now though she is no longer Premier. It is so sad.


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