Health lobby groups call for national fluoride rules

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Six national health bodies have come together to promote the benefits of water fluoridation and to oppose the recent decision of Queensland and some other state governments to permit local councils to decide whether or not to add fluoride to their water supplies. The six peak bodies have said, in a joint press release, they “are concerned both for the health of individuals and also that broader public health activities are being undermined”.

The six peak organisations joining their voices on tis issue are the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA),m the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS), the National Rural Health Alliance (AHRA) and the Australian Health Care Reform Alliance (AHCRA).

They see the decisions of some local councils to discontinue water fluoridation as a failure to protect the public’s oral health, and the cost will be paid by the individual and the taxpayer. “The benefits of fluoridation far outweigh the risks,” the alliance said.

“From 2014 the Federal government will deliver a dental care plan to under 18-year-olds. This scheme to improve children’s oral health will be undermined by the withdrawal of water fluoridation.”

“Concern is not limited to the issue of water fluoridation,” the alliance said. “but more broadly about the impact on health promotion and chronic disease prevention infrastructure. The Federal Government is being asked to intervene to ensure the successful achievement of health promotion and public health goals.

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  1. The successful achievement of public health goals should be a given if health promotion could be dragged out of a dark, and ineffective, age of squandering resources. The cost efficiency of utilising information technology in supplying relevant facts would virtually compel local councils to meet the demand of educated ratepayers in their recognised need for supply of fluoridated water. Any action by Federal Government would then become unnecessary.

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