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National Oral Health Plan 2014

Advancement in the speciality of Paediatric Dentistry

Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, Australia’s first National Oral Health Plan was released in 2004. It was supported by Health Ministers at the Federal, State and Territory level and served to focus the community and government on the important issue of oral health.

The current plan will reach the end of its ten-year lifespan in 2013 and the Standing Council on Health through the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council has tasked the National Oral Health Plan Monitoring Group to develop a new national plan for the period of 2014-2023.

The development of the new plan will follow from a review, which will involve four main groups:

  • Clinical Service Providers
  • Public and Private Oral Health providers
  • Educators and Researchers
  • Universities and TAFEs
  • Academics and Students
  • Researchers
  • Consumers
  • Policy Makers

A dedicated team of professionals have been formed in the main focus areas. Both the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry and the Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry as well as many individual members, have made submissions to the development of the new National Oral Health Plan, and comments on the draft.