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June 2019

Budget delivers world-class care

Victorians will have brighter smiles, better access to specialist appointments and world-class care in an emergency thanks to major investments in dental and health care in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.

The budget invests $321.9 million to deliver the State Government’s promised rollout of free dental care to all Victorian government school students with the first school dental vans to hit the road later this year.

The Smile Squad vans will give kids free dental care including check-ups, radiographs, teeth cleaning, application of fluoride and dental sealants, fillings, root canals and impressions for mouthguards.

It will save families around $400 a year per child in dental costs, as well as the inconvenience of taking time off work for appointments.

The budget includes $299.6 million for more paramedics, more cutting-edge vehicles and more ambulance stations.

It includes $136.2 million to deliver 500,000 specialist appointments in rural and regional Victoria.

With private specialist appointments costing between $175 and $565, this investment has the potential to save Victorian patients thousands of dollars, as well as reduce the time away from family and loved ones.

Other budget investments include:

•       $117.8 million to recruit and train more nurses, midwives and frontline health workers and make further improvements to ratios that will see 1,100 extra nurses and midwives in Victorian public hospitals;

•       $213.6 million to help new parents with new parenting centres and more maternal and child health nurses;

•       $116.5 million for cutting-edge medical research projects, including for new cancer therapies.

‘We’re giving our dedicated nurses, doctors and paramedics what they need to deliver health care that all Victorians can count on – no matter where they live,’ said Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Jenny Mikakos.

‘Whether it’s free dental care for students, more specialist appointments in regional Victoria or another big boost for our paramedics, we’re putting patients first so that they always get the best care when they need it.’