Member for Watson, Tony Burke, today visited Dental on Evaline in Campsie to discuss with local dentist, Dr Joanne Wansa, the impact of Malcolm Turnbull’s move to axe the Child Dental Benefits Scheme.

Health Department figures show families in our local area are among the highest users of the scheme in Australia, meaning locals will be among the hardest hit by Mr Turnbull’s move to axe the Child Dental Benefits Scheme.

Mr Turnbull has refused to rule out axing the scheme, despite a review published by the Department of Health hailing the Labor initiated scheme as a “success”.

“The Panel noted the success of the CDBS in targeting the oral health of young Australians at an age where preventative measures can be most effective. It supported the right of every child to access dental treatment from both the private and the public sectors.”

Report on the Third Review of the Dental Benefits Act 2008

“Good dental care for our kids should be above politics,” Mr Burke said.

“Access to good dental care can reach into every aspect of a person’s health and make a massive difference to the self-confidence children show in school.

“I don’t want this to be a political issue, I want the dental health of our kids to be above politics. That can only happen if Mr Turnbull supports the Child Dental Benefits Scheme in the upcoming Budget.”

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