Have your say on accessing dental services

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A survey to hear about the community’s dental experiences has been launched as part of the Greens-led, Senate Inquiry into the Provision of and Access to Dental Services in Australia.

This survey is available to all people in Australia to complete and will seek the community’s experiences accessing dental services, the barriers they face and their views on how dental care needs to change in Australia.

The Senate inquiry has been established to investigate issues including the impact of the cost of the living crisis on access to dental services and will consider a pathway to universal access to dental services in Australia.

The Australian Greens took a policy to the last Federal Election of having dental services available in Medicare.

“As chair of this inquiry, I want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to have their voice heard by the parliament,” Greens spokesperson for health and committee chair Senator Jordon Steele-John said.

“Nobody should have to suffer tooth pain or dental issues that could be avoided with treatment simply because they can’t afford it. The only way we’re going to get reform to Australia’s dental healthcare is if decision-makers in Canberra actually understand the scale of the problem.”

The survey is available here.

The public submission period will conclude on 4 June, and the committee is expected to make its final report at the end of 2023.

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