Don’t let the government axe the Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

The Australian Dental Association need 15,000 signatures to save the child dental benefits schedule.

They have reached out asking for your help! The dental health of Australia’s children is under threat. Already disadvantaged children, up to 3.4 million of them in fact, will find their health taking another hit when the federal government axes the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) in this year’s budget. Rather than taking more away from people who already have so little, the government should be investing more money in dental health services, not just for kids but right across Australian society. This isn’t an area where the government should be trying to save money. Take the CDBS away and the health of these children will suffer greatly.

The dental health of Australia’s kids is already in peril. Over 50% of all 6  year olds have experienced tooth decay, and more than 24,000 children under 14 were hospitalised for dental treatment in 2013-14 alone. These are scary stats by themselves but there’s plenty of research that says the state of a child’s dental health has a big effect on how well they do at school, on their social skills and self-esteem, and ultimately on their adult dental and overall health. Even lifestyle and job prospects can be adversely affected, so the impact is long and unpleasant.

The fact is that the CDBS goes a long way to preventing these bleak scenarios for kids from becoming a reality. In its first two years of operation dentists across Australia delivered over 9.7 million dental services to Australian children. This is important because research shows that it is far cheaper to spend money on preventive measures than corrective treatment, meaning the CDBS represents great value for money. More importantly, it means that children won’t be negatively affected throughout their life by easily preventable dental pain and discomfort.

We need more government funding of dental services, not less. The dental health of Australia’s children is on the line, and this vital scheme can’t be allowed to go without a fight.

Support the Aust Dental Assoc, sign the petition now! (You can sign here)

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  • Signed! Being on a pension, any help with going to a dentist is wonderful. I do wish they had the dental bus come visit schools like when I was at school. Would make things so much easier!


  • Bring back the school dental nurse


  • Quality dental care should be provided to everyone. Rather than giving subsidies to use at private dental businesses, the government should fund more public dental clinics accessible to anyone who needs dental care.


  • This is such an important service. I accessed it over the Christmas holidays when my son received trauma to his mouth (the dog jumped up and hit him forcefully in the mouth when they were playing ball together). With the school dentist shut for the holidays, I was referred to this service and he got an appointment the same day with our local dentist. A big worry lifted from our shoulders.


  • Thank you for posting this. I have signed it


  • The government really needs to keep this!! This is an important initiative.


  • The Govt. cut Dental support to people with at least 2 serious medical conditions that qualify for a General Practice Medical Plan about 4 years ago. Some illnesses impact on your teeth really severely. Now they are disadvantaging children whose parents can’t afford private health cover. The Govt has also made a law that you can only have 2 scale & clean procedures per 12 months – not calender year.


  • This is getting ridiculous! The amount of necessary services the government is willing to cancel in the name of saving money, all while billions of dollars go untaxed, it utterly insane! Get a brain, people!


  • I’ve just signed the petition. Thanks for posting this!!


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