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Dental care boost

The State Government has announced a $27 million package to deliver more check-ups and treatments from next month until June.

The Government says:

This funding will help public dental providers catch up and meet increased demand for dental services – targeting waiting lists and providing immediate access to public dental services and treatment for Victorians who have delayed or deferred treatment during the pandemic.

The package will reach every corner of the state and help an additional 40,000 Victorians get the check-ups and treatments they need.

This funding boost is in addition to the Labor Government’s Smile Squad program which will provide free dental care for students at all government primary and secondary schools, and is rolling out across Victoria now.

This additional dental funding is part of the Labor Government’s $91 million investment over four years for responding to community-based healthcare demand, which has increased because of deferred care during the pandemic.

The funding will be directed to catch-up care for dental services, cancer services and maternal and child health services to ensure clients who were unable to engage over the past 12 months receive the care they need.

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