Good oral health is important in its own right, and because of its close link with general health and wellbeing.
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 and Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) are primarily responsible for preventive oral health care and oral health promotion activities.
In 2016 the Victorian Auditor-General tabled a report Access to Public Dental Services in Victoria, which examined whether public dental services are accessible in a timely manner and whether the agencies effectively facilitate timely access. The report made 11 recommendations to DHHS and DHSV. In this follow up, we assessed whether the two agencies have effectively implemented these recommendations.