Report of the National Advisory Council on Dental Health

Appendix A - Terms of Reference

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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      National Advisory Council on Dental Health

      The National Advisory Council on Dental Health (the Council) is being 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.

      Role and Function:

      The objective of the Council will be to provide timely, expert, balanced advice on dental health issues as requested by the Minister for Health and Ageing.

      The Council’s priority task is to provide advice on dental policy options and priorities for consideration in the 2012–13 Budget.

      In acquitting this task, the Council will consider:

      • dental health programs currently funded by the Australian, State and Territory governments, and the mix and coverage of services currently provided by in the private sector;
      • how to improve these programs and better support people with dental illness, in a cost–effective manner, including through better co–ordination and integration of existing dental health programs and services; and
      • how to focus dental health programs for people with particular needs, including younger people, older people including people with chronic illness and co–morbid conditions, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, Indigenous Australians, and people in rural and remote areas.

      The Council may commission targeted research as appropriate on dental health policy and service delivery issues; and consult and liaise with the dental health and related sectors, including dental health consumers and carers, professionals and the non–government sector. In formulating advice the Council should give consideration to how improvements in dental health could be phased in over time.

      Other

      The Minister for Health and Ageing may also convey to the Council requests for advice from the Prime Minister, other ministers whose portfolio responsibilities relate to dental health issues. The Minister may also convey requests for advice from the Leader of the Australian Greens that have been agreed with the Minister.

      All advice and reports from the Council will be provided to the Leader of the Australian Greens within 2 days of being received by the Minister.

      The Council will provide an interim report by the end of November 2011, and a final report on options and priorities for the 2012–13 Budget by the end of January 2012.

      The Council will initially be established for one year. Consideration will be given to an ongoing role for the Council or a similar body to advise on implementation of dental health reform in the 2012–13 Budget context.