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Government targeting innocent dentists: Greens

Richard Di Natale 7 Oct 2011

Greens’ spokesperson for health, Richard Di Natale, has urged the government to stop targeting innocent dentists who have provided important services through the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme.

Senator Di Natale said that the reports of rorting are being beaten up and innocent dentists are being tarred with the same brush.

“It’s clear that a small number of dentists have behaved unethically and deserve to be penalised for their actions.”

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New research backs up Greens dental policy

Greens’ spokesperson for health, Senator Richard Di Natale, said that new research backs up the Greens policy on dental care.

The new research from the Ipsos Social Research Institute claims that almost 2 million people who needed to get dental care in the past two years were unable to do so because they couldn’t afford it.

“This latest research highlights the need for the Greens policy of publicly funded ‘Denticare’ in Australia,” said Senator Di Natale.

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New body to advise on dental health

Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon, and Greens Health Spokesperson, Senator for Victoria, Richard Di Natale, today announced the establishment of the National Advisory Council on Dental Health as part of the agreement between the Gillard Government and the Australian Greens.

Headed by former senior public servant Ms Mary Murnane, the council will provide expert advice on dental health issues.

Ms Roxon said the council will look at the current mix and coverage of dental services in order to provide advice on future needs and priorities for future reform.

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