The Oral Health Position Paper recognises the important role that oral health plays in overall health and wellbeing. Publicly-funded dental healthcare needs to be accessible and affordable for all. Government attention is required in this area, and the paper emphasises the need for greater investment in oral health services to address the growing inequity in Victoria’s oral health. In particular, the VHA advocates increased funding that supports a holistic approach to preventative care, rather than episodic dental care; workforce reform, including an intern year for the oral health workforce, incentives to attract oral health practitioners to rural areas and the integration of oral health into the curriculum of tertiary health courses, such as nursing, medicine and allied health; and ultimately, a phased, targeted approach of the introduction of universal dental health services that focus on prevention, education and early intervention.
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