Primary health’s dental policy role ignored

PRIMARY and community healthcare is being sidelined in government decision-making about the future of dental health policy and funding,  Australia’s practice nursing body says.

APNA has written to Health Minister Nicola Roxon expressing its disappointment over the newly appointed National Advisory Council on Dental Health only featuring one GP representative.

They said the council, which will guide future dental policy, is ignoring the role that general practice and community health play in dental health. 

GPs can refer patients with chronic disease to the dentist under the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme, which allows patients to claim up to $4250 in dental work over two years.