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Graduate support to improve access to dental health



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Hunter, Fergus (LNG - AUS)

From: Plibersek News (REPS) [pliberseknews@aph.gov.au] Sent: Tuesday, 22 January 2013 1:28 PM

Subject: TANYA PLIBERSEK -- PRESS RELEASE -- GRADUATE SUPPORT TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO DENTAL HEALTH

THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP

Minister for Health

MEDIA RELEASE

22 January 2013

GRADUATE SUPPORT TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO DENTAL HEALTH

People living in areas of most need, including regional and remote Australia, will get better access to public dental treatment under the Australian Government’s new Voluntary Dental Graduate Year Program.

This new program will place 46 dental graduates in public dental facilities across the nation to provide services to patients and gain valuable experience in public dental work.

“The Government is improving dental health services and this program will see new graduates working in the public system to support the Government’s $4.6 billion dental package,” said Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek.

“More graduates, both dentists and oral health therapists, will mean better access to treatment for patients and vitally important oral health promotion and prevention for the many Australians who live in areas that need services most.

“Graduates will receive increased practical experience and professional development opportunities and incentives to work away from the big cities,” said Ms Plibersek.

Under the program, 31 dental services nationally will host 46 graduates in 2013, increasing to 36 dental services in 2014. Graduates will be placed nationally initially 25 in metropolitan areas, 16 in regional Australia and five in remote areas (see attachment).

In all, the Government is investing $88.3 million under the Voluntary Dental Graduate Year Program which, by 2016, will be putting an extra 100 dental graduates a year into the field.

Another new program - the Oral Health Therapist Graduate Year Program - is also set to further boost access to dental services. This program, now being developed, will provide $45.2 million over four years (2012-13 to 2015-16) to support 50 voluntary oral health therapist placements per year from the 2014 calendar year - a total of 150 places.

For all media inquiries, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220

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Host dental services for 2013 State Host Dental Service Location

New South Wales Murrumbidgee LHD Albury

Oral Health Services Nepean Kingswood

SE Sydney LHD Sutherland Taren Point

Sydney Dental Hospital Surrey Hills

Western NSW LHD Dubbo

Westmead - Centre for Oral Health Westmead Victoria Albury Wodonga Health Dental Services Wodonga

Barwon Health Newcomb

Bendigo Health Bendigo

Dental Health Services Victoria Carlton

Gippsland Oral Health Consortium Morwell

Goulburn Valley Shepparton

Monashlink Community Health Services Clayton

Nillumbik Community Health Service Eltham

Peninsula Health Frankston

Plenty Valley Community Health Epping

Southwest Dental Care Warrnambool

West Wimmera Health Service Nhill Queensland Central QLD OHS Rockhampton

Gold Coast Robina

James Cook University Smithfield (Cairns)

Mackay HHS Mackay

Metro North Oral Health Service Fortitude Valley

Metro South Oral Health Service Yeronga

Mt Isa Hospital Dental Clinic Mt Isa

Royal Flying Doctor Service (QLD) Bowen Hills

Wide Bay Oral Health Service Pialba

South Australia SA Dental Services State Wide

Western Australia Oral Health Centre WA State Wide

Tasmania Oral Health Services Tasmania Hobart

Northern Territory NT Health Services Darwin/Alice Springs