Economically and socially disadvantaged Victorians, who are
eligible for public dental services, are most likely to experience
poor oral health.
The Department of Health & Human Services (the department)
and Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) are primarily
responsible for preventive oral health care and oral health
In this audit we assessed the extent to which people eligible
for public dental services have access to oral health care that
effectively meets their needs. This is timely, with state oral
health plans due for renewal in 2016 and 2017.
We also assessed whether public dental services are accessible
in a timely manner and whether agencies effectively facilitate
timely access. For the purpose of this audit, we considered access
to the broad continuum of care provided by Victorian community
dental agencies—prevention, early detection and intervention,
treatment and oral health promotion.
We make 11 recommendations to the department and DHSV in the