24 July 2020

Border closures impacting on community’s oral health

The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) is concerned about the impact that the NSW border closure is having on the oral health of border communities.

When the border closure was first announced, travel for necessary health care was permitted, and health care workers were able to cross the border for work. The recent tightening of the NSW border now means that anyone travelling from Victoria to NSW must self-isolate for 14 days in NSW.

ADAVB is aware of a number of dental practices on the Victorian side of the Murray River who have staff members living in NSW who must cross the border every day. The requirement to self-isolate effectively means that these essential health care workers can no longer travel to Victoria to provide necessary dental care.

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