Boost for oral health access
ORAL health outcomes in the Coffs Harbour electorate will be improved under a landmark plan launched earlier this week.
Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said the release by the NSW Government 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.
"It is fantastic 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," Mr Fraser said.
"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 through our Strategic Framework we will ensure that there is a marked improvement in oral health outcomes."
"This announcement builds on the delivery of the purpose-built dental van that has been operating since February, providing dental services to residents of aged care facilities in the area stretching from Woolgoolga to the Camden Haven," Mr Fraser added.
This plan outlines the three strategic goals and the action framework central to improving oral health outcomes for the people of NSW:
- Improving access to oral health services in NSW;
- Reducing disparities in the oral health status of people in NSW; and,
- Improving the oral health of the NSW population through primary prevention.
The launch of the Framework comes on a significant day for dental care in NSW, with Health Minister Jillian Skinner announcing the state had also 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 $1.04m invested in improving oral health services and outcomes for the people of the Mid North Coast area," Mr Fraser said.
"Combined with 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 Coffs Harbour electorate," Mr Fraser concluded.