Tough pro-fluoride laws

Water fluoridation is one of the great public health achievements of the 20th Century yet, unfortunately, there are many communities in NSW which don’t have access to this important health initiative.

Often this is due to the sheer remoteness of some part of NSW however sadly there are some local councils and local water authorities who are reluctant to combat or confront the anti-fluoride activists who are against water fluoridation.   

NSW Labor has committed to introducing legislation which will create tough new fluoride laws to over-ride the anti-fluoride movement and ensure water fluoridation is accessible to as many NSW residents as possible.

We owe it to the next generation to give them the best and healthiest start in life. Good dental hygiene and health affect the overall person's health outcomes.

The laws will give the NSW Health Minister additional powers to direct local councils and water authorities to add fluoride to their drinking water supply. 

Labor will also increase the maximum penalty for those failing to comply with a direction to add fluoride to a public water supply to $50,000 (and $5,000 per day for a continuing offence). 

The World Health Organisation, the Australian Medical Association and the Australian Dental Association have all publicly endorsed fluoride in drinking water.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says that Australians born after 1970 – when the major of water fluoridation commenced nationally – have about half the level of tooth decay as the previous generation. 

In NSW, dental conditions are the third leading cause of potentially preventable hospitalisations in NSW in 2015-16.

In 2015-16, there were 16,693 potentially preventable hospitalisations for dental conditions in NSW.

Waiting times for general dental treatment increased 46 percent in NSW from December 2014 to December 2016, up from 9.73 months to 14.24 months.

NSW Labor will step up to ensure the next generation has the best dental health possible through the promotion of proven public health initiatives such as water fluoridation.