Dentists hard to find in regional Australia

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The Australian Government has a Dental Relocation & Infrastructure Support Scheme (DRISS) to get dentists out into regional areas – big subsidies (up to $370k per dentist).

Alas, the patients need to have private health cover. I explained to the DRISS folk that the people they’re endeavouring to help often can’t afford private health cover!
The reply was that we don’t have much funding ($77.7 million) but we might look at hybrid arrangements.

If you don’t believe me, here is the verbage on the DRISS website – ‘Applicants (i.e. dentists) who intend to operate in both private and public practice may be eligible for the measure, however applicants who intend to operate solely within the public sector are not eligible.’

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