16 March 2009

Comments on recently released Australia’s nursing home and dental plan

Whistle blower dentist criticises plan
Australian Ageing Agenda: 11 March 2009
The whistleblower dentist who spoke out about oral neglect in residential aged care last December says the government’s new dental plan for nursing homes is flawed.
In a statement Dr Clive Rogers from the School of Dentistry at the University of Western Australia welcomed the Rudd Government’s action in this area but said its plan would not address the problem sufficiently.

Dr Rogers is concerned that there is no requirement that the standardised oral review for the aged care assessment team (ACAT) process be performed by a qualified dentist.

“The oral and dental care status and care plan needs of the elderly, when they move into institutionalised residential care, is one of the most complex in dental practice,” he said.

“These elderly [people] deserve to be assessed by a dentist, and not a non-dentally qualified health worker...” … > full story : The Australian Online

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