Health & Ageing

Push for Medicare-style dental scheme for older Australians

Gum disease and decay are rising and Australians are avoiding treatment because of cost.


10 easy oral health care tips for older Australians

It’s Dental Health Week and the Australian Dental Association is reminding older Australians of the four regular habits we all need to observe to ensure optimum oral health.


What to do about sensitive teeth

There are few things more painful than sensitive teeth, but help is at hand.

Federal Election 2019

Labor announces a plan to subsidise dental for older Australians

Labor leader Bill Shorten has pledged $2.4 billion towards dental care for age pensioners and anyone holding a Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card.

Federal Election 2019

Nine in 10 older Australians want universal dental care

Nine in 10 older Australians want the government to introduce a universal dental care scheme, according to the most recent YourLifeChoices Friday Flash Poll.


Can we get affordable dental care for older Australians?

Australia should introduce a Medicare-style universal insurance scheme for primary dental care, according to a new Grattan Institute report.


Two in three Aussies delaying dental visits due to costs

New research has revealed that two in five Australians (39 per cent) did not visit a dentist at all last year, and 61 per cent delay dental treatments due to the expense.

Health news

New service puts overcharging dentists on notice

Gold Coast dentist David Hills was so “alarmed” at how many Australians avoided dental treatment that he launched a comparison site which also extends interest-free loans for expensive oral work.

Health Insurance

Dentists fuming over ‘low-value’ private health extras cover

The Australian Dental Association has called for tax incentives to allow individuals to save for their own health care as an alternative to taking out general treatment cover.


Oral health that is doing you more harm than good

Brushing your teeth regularly is one of the best ways to maintain oral health, but some attempts at dental hygiene may be doing more harm than good.

Federal Budget 2016

Budget 2016/17: Targeted welfare safety net

If you currently receive the Clean Energy Supplement think yourself lucky, as those who are granted an Age Pension after 1 July 2017 will not receive this additional payment.

Health Checks

Dental assistance

Elizabeth would like to help her husband have his teeth cared for but isn’t sure if there’s any public dental assistance available.

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