New Dental Equipment for Local Services

Local services ISIS Primary Care and Cohealth West will benefit from new and upgraded dental equipment, which will ensure locals get better and safer public dental care, more quickly.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing more than $207 million in public dental services in 2015-16.

This funding will provide dental treatment to over 332,000 eligible patients this year, and includes more than $3.7 million to upgrade equipment at more than 40 public dental clinics across the State.

Cohealth West and ISIS Primary Care will both receive funding to upgrade digital radiography equipment which will mean dentists can quickly share images with other clinicians and doctors. ISIS Primary Care’s locations in Altona Meadows and Hoppers Crossing will also receive funding for two new sterilisers and extra sterilising equipment, which will mean higher quality care, improved safety and better outcomes for patients.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in Victoria’s health system so that more patients can get the care they need when they need it.

In contrast, the Federal Abbott Government has slashed funding for public dental services.

The National Partnership Agreement on Adult Public Dental Services was supposed to provide Victoria $220 million over three years, however this was cut in the recent Federal Budget to just $38.5 million for one year only.

These federal funding cuts will see 214,400 fewer Victorians receiving dental care this year, and it’s not yet clear what – if any – continued funding will be provided in future years.

The failure to commit to funding beyond this financial year places even more pressure on public dental services and will see Victorians wait even longer for vital dental treatment.

The Andrews Labor Government is committed to improving dental services for Victorians because good oral health is vital to an individual’s general health and their overall sense of wellbeing and self-esteem.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health and Member for Altona District, Jill Hennessy

“I’m thrilled that these two local services will benefit from our investment in dental health. Both Cohealth West and ISIS Primary Care do fantastic work, and this new equipment will ensure they can continue to deliver vital public dental services.”

“ISIS Primary Care and Cohealth West support so many people in our community who otherwise would not have access to dental care. Without the hard work of their dentists and technicians more locals would see treatable conditions worsen into chronic disease.”

“I’m very concerned that the Abbott Government’s cuts to public dental services will mean longer wait times and worse dental health outcomes across Altona District and Melbourne’s West.”

“Good oral health is the foundation for good overall health, and the Andrews Labor Government is investing in new equipment and technology to ensure Victorians get the best public dental care possible, more quickly.”

Images from Minister Hennessy’s visit to the Royal Dental Hospital:

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Media Contact: Evelyn Ek 0412 887 853 | evelyn.ek@minstaff.vic.gov.au

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