Report of the National Advisory Council on Dental Health

Chapter Two - The Dental System

The National Advisory Council on Dental Health (the Council) was established as a time-limited group to provide strategic, independent advice on dental health issues, as requested by Minister for Health and Ageing, to the Government. The Council’s priority task was to provide advice on dental policy options and priorities for consideration in the 2012-13 Budget.

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      This chapter provides an overview of the dental system in Australia, the funding components, the levels of responsibility and the workforce that delivers dental services. These issues provide important context to help understand, which parts of the system are working well, which parts are not, whether funding imbalances are contributing to problems and what arrangements are in place for the dental workforce, which is a key component in delivering existing services and meeting future demand.