Report of the National Advisory Council on Dental Health

Appendix D - Adult Dental Services Provided by the States and Territories

The National Advisory Council on Dental Health (the Council) was established as a time-limited group to provide strategic, independent advice on dental health issues, as requested by Minister for Health and Ageing, to the Government. The Council’s priority task was to provide advice on dental policy options and priorities for consideration in the 2012-13 Budget.

Page last updated: 03 September 2012

The following table lists information about Adult Dental Services provided by each state and territory.

State Eligibility criterion - Age Eligibility criterion - Card holder Services offered Co-payment
QLD Above the age of completion of Year 10. • Pensioner Concession Card
• Health Care Card
• Pensioner Concession Card (Department of Veterans’ Affairs)
• Queensland Seniors Card
• Commonwealth Senior Health Card
Emergency and general dental care – check–ups, oral hygiene, fillings, endodontics, extraction dentures, oral surgery and dentures.

Treatment is provided through teaching dental facilities, community clinics and the private sector.

Limited specialist dental services are available.
No cost to patient.
NSW 18 years of age and older. • Health Care Card
• Pensioner Concession Card
• Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card

Must be normally resident within the boundary of the providing Area Health Service.
Emergency and general dental care – check–ups, oral hygiene, fillings, endodontics, extraction dentures, oral surgery and dentures.

Treatment is provided through teaching dental facilities, community clinics and the private sector.

Limited specialist dental services are available primarily through two teaching hospitals.
No cost to patient for emergency and general dental care.

Co–payments may apply for patients of some teaching services, specialist dental services and some denture services.
VIC 18 years of age and older. • Pensioner Concession Card
• Health Care Card holders
• Refugees and asylum seekers
Priority access is given to a number of groups, including: - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI);
- homeless;
- pregnant women;
- refugees and asylum seekers; and
- registered clients of mental health and disability services.
Emergency and general dental care - check–ups, oral hygiene, fillings, endodontics, extraction dentures, oral surgery and dentures.

Treatment is provided through community dental clinics, the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and the private sector.

Limited specialist dental services are available primarily through the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.
Emergency course of care: $25 flat fee.

General Course of care: $100. Up to $120 for dentures.

Some exemptions apply (e.g. ATSI clients, homeless, refugees and asylum seekers).

Co–payments for specialist services are dependant on service - up to a maximum of $300 per course of care.
TAS 18 years of age and older. • Health Care Card
• Pension Card
Emergency and general dental care - check–ups, oral hygiene, fillings, endodontics, extraction dentures, oral surgery and dentures.

Special Care Dental Units in two acute hospitals provide medically necessary dental care.

Very limited specialist dental services are available (e.g. oral and maxillo facial surgery through the Royal Hobart Hospital). Some patients needing other specialist services are referred to Victoria, SA and NSW via the Patient Transport Assistance Scheme.
Co–payment of 25% of the DVA Local Dental Officers (LDO) Fee to a maximum of $366 per course of care.

Treatment in Special Care Dental Units is free.
SA 18 years of age and older. • Pensioner Concession Card
• Health Care Card
• some Pensioner Concession Cards (DVA).
Emergency and general dental care - check–ups, oral hygiene, fillings, endodontics, extraction dentures, oral surgery and dentures.

Referral to the Adelaide Dental Hospital for specialist dental care as required.
Emergency course of care: $52 flat fee. General dental care check–up and preventive treatment is free.

15% of the DVA LDO Fee for general restorative treatment to a maximum of $146 for a completed course of care. Denture co–payments up to $325.50 for full dentures.

For specialist services, a co–payment of 20% of the DVA LDO Fee applies. Some exemptions apply to all co–payments.
NT 18 years of age and older. • Pensioner Concession Card
• Health Care Card
Emergency and general dental care - check–ups, oral hygiene, fillings, endodontics, extraction, dentures oral surgery and dentures.

Referral for oral surgery and special needs dentistry as required including in hospital treatment under general anaesthesia.
No co–payment.
WA 18 years of age and older. • Health Care Card
• Pensioner Concession Card

In remote locations where Dental Health Service is the sole health provider, all are able to access care (although those without concession cards are required to pay the full fee).
Emergency and general dental care - check–ups, oral hygiene, fillings, endodontics, extraction, dentures, oral surgery and dentures.

Referral to the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia for specialist dental care as required.
Treatment is subsidised by the West Commonwealth Government up to a maximum of 75% of the cost of the treatment.

Level of subsidy is based upon the eligibility of the person and is assessed at the dental clinic.
ACT 18 years of age and older. • ACT Centrelink issued Pension Concession Card
• Health Care Card
• Blue DVA Card
• Refugees
Emergency and general dental care - check–ups, oral hygiene, fillings, endodontics, extraction, dentures, oral surgery and dentures. Maximum co–payment of $300 for restorative treatment in any year.

Free for special needs groups, including homeless, refugees and some rehabilitation clients.

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