Councillor Lisa Intemann claims (Port News 11 March 2021) that the proposed community fluoridation poll will better inform council, yet the outcome will be non-binding and will not change the current NSW Health policy regarding the the fluoridation of community water supplies.
While she has made her views known about the matter, she is not qualified to question the peer-reviewed science, nor the practitioners involved in the everyday dental care of the community.
These professionals agree that it is a safe and effective way to help prevent dental decay, particularly in children.
We do need to ensure that these experts also have the opportunity to make their views known in the months before the poll.
Policy regarding public health management in many areas is informed by experts and not individuals participating in a costly community poll.
For evidence of this, we simply need to look at the role played by public health professionals during the recent pandemic,