Access to affordable dental care remains out of reach for many Australians.
Recent reports have highlighted the extent of ongoing problems with access to affordable dental care. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has recently reported that among Australian children, nearly half have dental decay. Meanwhile, a report commissioned by the Brotherhood of St Laurence has pointed to the high cost borne by individuals and the community from the consequences of untreated dental problems. This finding echoes that of a National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission report, which found that financial barriers prevented or delayed 31 per cent of Australians from seeking basic dental treatment. These reports have added weight to calls for the Government to urgently address barriers to affordable dental care.