Dental Funding Boost for Ararat

East Grampians Health Service will benefit from an $85 million funding boost to provide more services to the public dental sector. Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) announced it received the extra funding through the signing of the National Partnership on Treating More Public Dental Patients between the State and Federal Governments.

East Grampians Health Service Primary Care Manager, Julia Ogdin said “the extra funding would help East Grampians Health Service to provide more oral health services to more public patients.”

Department Health Services Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Dr Cole said “the signing of the NPA provided DHSV and community agencies with an unprecedented opportunity to do more about oral health for more Victorians.”

Dr Cole Highlighting the importance of oral health to overall health, she said “the agreement would help DHSV and agencies deliver care to around 110,000 extra public dental patients by March 2015. I am absolutely delighted with the opportunity the signing of this NPA presents to DHSV and to our agencies, including East Grampians Health Service”

East Grampians Health Service Primary Care Manager, Julia Ogdin said “funds are being distributed based on demand, waiting lists and capability to reduce waiting lists and to employ more staff and clearly there is a high need in Ararat and Surrounding Districts.

East Grampians Health Service is committed to work closely with the Department of Health to meet targets so that more local residents of Ararat receive more oral health care.””

To make an appointment at the East Grampians Health Service Dental Clinic, members of the community with a valid health care or pension card and their dependents are encouraged to call 5352 9327 to make an appointment. There has never been a better time to access public dental services said Ms. Ogdin.