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Chronic Disease Dental Scheme treatment extension
  • Petitioned The Hon Tanya Plibersek, MP

This petition was delivered to:

Minister for Health, Australian Government
The Hon Tanya Plibersek, MP
Shadow Minister for Health
The Hon Peter Dutton, MP

Chronic Disease Dental Scheme treatment extension

    1. Mame du Bois
    2. Petition by

      Mame du Bois

      Holland Park West, Australia

People have been languishing for many years on the public dental waiting list. Some of those finally had a chance to have their dental treatment addressed through the Medicare Chronic Disease Dental Scheme (MCDDS).

The cancellation of the MCDDS will flood the already overwhelmed public dental program with previous MCDDS patients who have ongoing, significant dental health needs on top of their general health problems. To add insult to injury, many current MCDDS patients will not be eligible for the new dental scheme. This means that many people, including self-funded retires, who were unable to anticipate huge medical expenses are being left with little or no government support to cover dental costs which often come on top of other burdensome medical expenses. Many will simply not be able to afford appropriate dental treatment and will be faced with the health consequences.

My friend Anthony is one of these people. He is a 28 year old Disability Support pensioner. As you can see from the photos, his teeth are in a dreadful state. He suffers from Epilepsy, ADHD, Anxiety and is borderline hypertensive. The state of his teeth means he cannot eat unprocessed food which is impacting his general health and is making it hard to lower his blood pressure through diet. The gingivitis causes his breath to have a pus smell. His teeth are so sensitive and painful that he can't brush his teeth properly.

We are one of the most highly taxed countries in the world. We should be able to afford quality care for our most vulnerable citizens.

We are petitioning too have the current MCDDS scheme continued along with improved regulation to lower costs of the scheme. There is an upcoming vote on a disallowance motion in the Parliament that will allow the continuation of the MCDDS.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Update

      Mame du Bois
      Petition Organizer

      Since starting this petition, Anthony's teeth have deteriorated. He has been living with constant pain for years and that has only gotten worse. Due to the exposure Anthony's plight has received, a Melbourne dentist, Dr Harry Marget from the East Bentleigh Dental Group put his hand up to assist Anthony where Tanya Plibersek and Christine Milne failed. As I write this, Anthony is having 23 badly carious and infected teeth removed and a set of instant dentures fitted. Dr Harry Marget is performing this surgery at no cost, although we had to raise $3,000 in hospital and anesthetist fees plus travel to Melbourne. We received most of it from donations from family, friends and the general public. Although this is wonderful news for Anthony, this still leaves over a million former Medicate Chronic Disease Dental Scheme patients without access to proper dental care - many if not most will simply go without. Over the coming months I will be contacting you on ways to pressure the government. MDB

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Independents Consider Blocking MCDDS Cancellation

      Mame du Bois
      Petition Organizer

      Email the independent ministers to register your protest at the cancellation of the MCDDS.

      Independents pressure Federal Government to keep dental scheme for chronically ill

      INDEPENDENT MPs have put the Prime Minister on notice that they could block her plans to abolish a dental scheme for chronically ill patients. These patients may face waiting lists of as long as two years or more for treatment in state-run, taxpayer-funded dental care facilities as a result of plans to shut down the Chronic Disease Dental Scheme later this year to save money.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Updated wording of petition

      Mame du Bois
      Petition Organizer

      Hello all, From reading all the comments, I can see that this problem is larger than I anticipated. It has come to my attention that many people would still lose funding under the CDDS even if the time was extended as they would not be eligible under the new scheme anyway. I have adjusted the wording of the petition to reflect this.

    7. Newspaper Story

      Mame du Bois
      Petition Organizer

      This is the online version of the story in today's (26/09/12)The Chronicle - the local Toowoomba newspaper.


    8. Media Interest

      Mame du Bois
      Petition Organizer

      We had an interview with our local paper this morning and tomorrow we are being interviewed by ABC's 7:30 programme. I will keep you updated about anything that comes from this. MdB

    9. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Cheryl Franke AUSTRALIA
      • 7 months ago

      I have used this programme in the past and feel it should be continued

    • Jennifer Attwater BELROSE, AUSTRALIA
      • 8 months ago

      I'm 56years old, and my teeth are in very poor condition ( most of them have broken off, at the gum line. I've always had dental problems). I'm no longer able to work, due to health issues, so therefore have to survive on sickness benefits. I can no longer afford dental care from my regular dentist. Even if I was put on the public dental care list, by the time I got to actually see a dentist, I'll have no teeth left to save. The state of my teeth directly affects my ability to eat. I haven't had an apple in years and I've nearly choked on spaghetti, a few times. There's a lot of other food items that I can't eat anymore, and what I can eat, doesn't get chewed up adequately, which then affects the digestion process. People who have good teeth don't realise just how much people, in my position, are affected by their bad teeth-it's a flow on effect. I've paid an enormous amount of tax during my years of employment, so it would be nice to receive some government assistance, to access some dental care.

    • Judi Baker AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      If your teeth are in bad shape - so is your health. I badly need some dentures but couldnt afford them even on a wage.

    • Mary Henley-Collopy TEMORA, AUSTRALIA
      • 12 months ago

      This dental support was vital.

    • Joy Cunningham MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I am in desperate need of dentures but cannot afford them.


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