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NSW State Election 2023 - NCOSS Policy Priority 2

Improve access to dental care

Good oral health is fundamental to wellbeing, yet it is overlooked in our health care system. Many simply can’t afford it, causing unnecessary pain and stigma. First Nations communities, particularly in in rural and remote areas, experience poor oral health outcomes. While programs are in place, it is not enough to meet demand.

Below we outline our solution to this issue and policy responses from the major parties in the lead up to the 2023 NSW State Election.

NCOSS recommendations

NCOSS calls on the next NSW Parliament to -

  • Double funding for public dental outreach services to address shortages across NSW, prioritising locations with the highest need and most disadvantage.
  • Address gaps in the provision of dental services by Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services to increase access to this essential care for Aboriginal communities.

Coalition - NSW Liberal Party and NSW Nationals

No significant announcements identified.

The Greens NSW

Have committed to -

  • Bolster the public community health sector to allow free access to a dentist through local public community health centres.
  • Ensure there is more funding for public dental health services.

NSW Labor

Have committed to -

  • A review of current services and the gaps in service provision, for all communities.
  • Source: ALP NSW Response to NCOSS Policy Platform

Published February 2023. For reference and context, please visit NCOSS Policy Tracker 2023 and NCOSS Policy Platform 2023: Working Together for a Fairer NSW.

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