One in three people avoid going to dentist because of the cost, and one in five people who do go to the dentist can’t afford it – according to a survey of more than 6000 people. Of the people that went to the dentist, 56% went for a check-up and 44% went because of a problem. Dr Jane Harford from the Institute of Health and Welfare’s Dental Statistics and Research Unit said “the concern about all of this of course is that when people do visit the dentist for a problem, they’re much more likely to have a tooth extracted than if they visit for a check-up.” The survey also found low income earners were the least likely to visit the dentist.
Meanwhile, the Greens have launched a Denticare campaign, including billboards and television commercials. They says investment in a Medicare-style system for dental care was one of the main conditions on which the party pledged its support for Labor. Speaking in response to Treasurer Wayne Swan’s announcement that the government would be making substantial cuts to return the budget to surplus, Senator Richard Di Natale said investment in dental care should not be scrapped.
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By now, you’re probably been hearing a little bit about Pinterest. It’s the new social media phenomenon that’s taking the world by storm . (If you want to know more, we wrote about it here)
Anyway, Pinterest has recently banned ‘thinspiration’ or ‘thinspo’ boards. That is, content that “consists of photos, mottos and brief notes that urge viewers to lose extreme and unhealthy amounts of weight”. It changed its terms of service so that material that promotes self harm or self abuse, like anorexia and bulimia, is now prohibited. The move comes after Tumblr did a similar thing in February when they banned “pages that actively promote self-harm such as anorexia, bulimia, self-mutilation or suicide.”
Surf Life Saving Australia has decided to resume the national surf life saving titles today in the wake of 14-year-old Matthew Barclay’s death this week. Matthew went missing after he fell from his board during an under 15’s competition on Wednesday at Kurrawa beach on The Gold Coast. Competition was suspended during an extensive air and sea search, but his body was found yesterday morning.
The competition will resume today at another beach 20 kilometres away. Maroochydore Surf Club president Tim Ryan said Matthew’s parents wanted to competition to go ahead.
Matthew’s death is the third fatality at the championships since 1996, when teenager Robert Ga
tenby drowned. In 2010, 19-year-old Saxon Bird was hit in the head with a surf ski and died. His father, Phil Bird, said he was angry that another boy had died and was critical of the competition’s organisers. “We knew that it would happen again unless they made substantial changes, which they haven’t, and our worst nightmares have come true,” he said.