Delivering affordable dental care
Dr. Deborah Cole
Chief Executive Officer
Dental Health Services Victoria
Current situation
• State funding
• Commonwealth funding = growth
• National Partnership Agreement -
$84.5 million to reduce waiting
times a...
15% increase in children
27% increase in Aboriginal Victorians
50,000 additional patients treated
almost double no. of ref...
General waiting list 18 to 14 months
Non-priority denture waiting list 17.6to 11.1
months
9% increase in total FTE across ...
Looking forward
• 2 in 5 Australians avoid or delay
dental treatment due to cost
• People without concession cards
falling through the cra...
• Financing models
• Workforce models need to
change
• Preventive models of care
• Population health initiatives –
fluorid...
Thank you
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Dr. Deborah Cole, CEO, Dental Health Services, Victoria delivered this presentation at the 15th Annual Health Congress 2014. This event brings together thought leaders and leading practitioners from across the Australian health system to consider the challenges, implications and future directions for health reform.

For more information, please visit http://www.informa.com.au/annualhealthcongress14

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Deborah Cole, Dental Health Services, Victoria - Delivering Affordable Dental Health

  1. 1. Delivering affordable dental care Dr. Deborah Cole Chief Executive Officer Dental Health Services Victoria
  2. 2. Current situation
  3. 3. • State funding • Commonwealth funding = growth • National Partnership Agreement - $84.5 million to reduce waiting times and improve access – is it working? • Child Dental Benefits Scheme – expand eligibility for children aged 2 to 17 Public sector opportunities
  4. 4. 15% increase in children 27% increase in Aboriginal Victorians 50,000 additional patients treated almost double no. of refugees & asylum seekers
  5. 5. General waiting list 18 to 14 months Non-priority denture waiting list 17.6to 11.1 months 9% increase in total FTE across the State
  6. 6. Looking forward
  7. 7. • 2 in 5 Australians avoid or delay dental treatment due to cost • People without concession cards falling through the cracks • Appeal of dental tourism • Need new ways to encourage people to access dental services • Focus on treating more people not doing more treatment on the same people Making a difference
  8. 8. • Financing models • Workforce models need to change • Preventive models of care • Population health initiatives – fluoride • Evaluation of programs Making it more affordable
  9. 9. Thank you

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