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Ms Mary Murnane
Department of Health and Ageing
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Dear Ms Murnane
Thank you for providing me the Interim Report of the National Advisory Council on Dental Health.
I appreciate the work which has been undertaken by the Council in compiling its interim report, in particular, I appreciate the Council's detailed analysis of the state of Australia's dental health and current issues facing the dental health system. I have also noted the range of service delivery options which the Council is potentially considering.
As you would be aware, the Commonwealth is committed to a disciplined approach to the 2012-12 Budget process, in the context of a difficult fiscal environment and uncertain domestic and international economic conditions. I would ask that the Council be mindful of these fiscal circumstances when developing its advice on service delivery options.
In particular, I would also be grateful if the Council could, in developing its final advice, include options that can be scaled and staged in such a way so as to be consistent with the Government's fiscal contraints.
I also ask that the Council consider options for leveraging the corrent capacity of the private dental system, and insurance for dental health currently provided through the private health insurance system, in considering its final advice on options for expanding access to dental serivces.
Thank you, once again, for your work in chairing the Council.
Yours in friendship