Economically and socially disadvantaged Victorians, who are eligible for public dental services, are most likely to experience poor oral health.
The Department of Health & Human Services (the department) and Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) are primarily responsible for preventive oral health care and oral health promotion activities.
In this audit, the Victorian Auditor-General assessed the extent to which people eligible for public dental services have access to oral health care that effectively meets their needs. This is timely, with state oral health plans due for renewal in 2016 and 2017.
The Victorian Auditor-General also assessed whether public dental services are accessible in a timely manner and whether agencies effectively facilitate timely access. For the purpose of this audit, consideration was given regarding access to the broad continuum of care provided by Victorian community dental agencies—prevention, early detection and intervention, treatment and oral health promotion.
The Victorian Auditor-General makes 11 recommendations to the department and DHSV in the report.