Page MP Janelle Saffin pictured at Yamba with, from left, NCML Chief Executive Vahid Saberi, Northern NSW Local Health District Deputy Chair Malcolm Marshall and Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Service CEO Scott Monaghan.
Page MP Janelle Saffin pictured at Yamba with, from left, NCML Chief Executive Vahid Saberi, Northern NSW Local Health District Deputy Chair Malcolm Marshall and Bulgarr Ngaru Aboriginal Medical Service CEO Scott Monaghan.

Saffin promises $3m boost to dental services in Page

A RE-ELECTED Labor Government would pump $3 million into providing new dental services across the Federal Seat of Page, Janelle Saffin has said.

In a statement, Ms Saffin says the Ballina-based North Coast NSW Medicare Local would manage a new Community Dental Care Fund over the next three years.

"Our Medicare Local has been working with local dentists, Aboriginal Medical Services and other groups to identify gaps in public dental care, and this fund will go a long way to meeting need in the community," she said.

"The Coalition have yet to give a clear commitment to the future of frontline health workers' jobs, funded through Medicare Locals. Our community needs Medicare Locals and they need to know that their vital role is guaranteed.

"This new dental program will cover major centres like Lismore, Ballina, Casino, Grafton and Yamba, as well as smaller country towns and villages.

"Coraki residents recently met with Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek and myself to brief us on their health needs and today's dental package includes a bonus announcement for Coraki and its surrounding district."

Ms Saffin said the new dental investment included:

  • Mobile dental services to residential and aged care facilities, small country towns, school clinics and homeless shelters to provide dental care to the most disadvantaged.
  • Extra support for the Aboriginal Medical Services network in Grafton, Casino, Lismore and Ballina.
  • Equipping two new dental chairs for the proposed Health One facility in Coraki, once it is built by the NSW Government.

Funding for the initiative was already included in the budget, she said.



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