August 2014 Commonwealth of Australia 2014


Appendix B – Current child oral health services provided by the States and Territories



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Appendix B – Current child oral health services provided by the States and Territories


State / Territory

Eligibility Criteria – Age

Eligibility Criteria – Card Holders

Services

Cost

QLD

All Queensland residents aged four and over who have not completed year 10 of secondary school

Queensland residents aged below four years, if eligible



Children under four years of age are eligible for public oral health services if they are concession card holders or dependents of current concession card holders, or under the guardianship of the Director-General, Child Care Services, Department of Communities.

Specialist services are only available to concession card holders or dependents of concession card holders.



Queensland Health’s Child and Adolescent Oral Health Services provides oral health care services to school aged children. Services include dental check-ups, information on oral health and nutrition, x-rays, cleaning teeth, fluoride applications, fissure sealants, fillings, extractions, and referrals to dental specialists where necessary. Services are usually provided on-site at schools through fixed or mobile dental clinics, but in some districts oral health services are centralised at larger dental clinics.

Emergency care is provided through public dental clinics. Public dental clinics also provide oral health services to eligible children below school age.



No cost to patient.

NSW

All children under 18 years of age who are eligible for Medicare

N/A

General and preventative dental care for children is delivered by Local Health Districts. Each Local Health District provides service through clinics, which may be located in schools, community health centres, hospitals, or (in rural districts) through mobile dental clinics.

No cost to patient

VIC

All children aged 12 years and younger

Young people aged 13 – 17 years, if eligible



Teenagers (13 – 17 years) are eligible for public oral health services if they are concession card holders or dependents of concession card holders or members of a priority group (including Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander teenagers, refugees or asylum seekers, in the care of the Children Youth and Families Division of the Department of Human Services, or attendees of a special or special development school)

General and emergency dental treatment (including check-ups and advice, cleaning, fillings and fissure sealants, extractions, and x-rays) is provided to children and teenagers through community dental clinics.

Specialist dental services are mostly provided through the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital.



Emergency dental care is provided with no cost to the patient for:

All children 12 years and younger

Teenagers (13 – 17 years) who hold a valid concession card or are a dependent of a concession card holder or who are a member of a priority group.

General dental treatment is provided with no cost to the patient for:

All children who are treated by an undergraduate dental student at the Royal Melbourne Dental Hospital or at a teaching dental clinic

All children who hold a concession card or are a dependent of a concession card holder or who are a member of a priority group.

General dental treatment for children aged 12 years and younger who do not meet the concession card or priority group eligibility criteria attracts a fee of $31 per child for a cost of general care (with a maximum of $124 per family per year).


TAS

All children under 18 years of age

N/A

Dental check-ups and any necessary treatment determined by the check-up; x-rays, dietary advice, oral hygiene instruction and referral for further assessment or treatment are provided. Services are provided at community dental clinics, which may be located in hospitals or health centres.

No cost to patient for general or emergency dental care.

Some treatments and devices (such as replacement mouth guards and tooth mousse) attract a small fee.



SA

All children under 18 years of age

N/A

The School Dental Service provides general oral health care, including check-ups, information on oral health and healthy food, x-rays, cleaning teeth, fluoride treatments, fissure sealants, fillings, extractions, and referrals.

Emergency dental treatment for children is provided by the SA Dental Service through community dental clinics.




All dental care is free for children below five years of age.

For children between five and 17 years of age, dental care is free if eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefit Schedule. For children who are not eligible, care is still provided by the School Dental Service but a fee of $42 for each course of care is payable.



NT

All school aged children (up to completion of high school) and all children below school age.

N/A

General dental care is provided to children from infancy to the completion of primary school through the Child Oral Health Service, with services provided at primary school based clinics, community health centres, and mobile vans.

For young people attending middle school and high school, free oral health services are provided through community dental clinics and community health services.

General dental care provided through these services and clinics includes examinations, extractions, fluoride treatment, fissure sealants, oral hygiene instruction, fillings, and cleaning.

Orthodontic services are provided to children with significant problems; referrals to private dentists or orthodontists are provided for children with less severe problems.



No cost to patient for general or emergency dental care.

For orthodontic treatment, there is no cost to the patient if the child is a concession card holder or a dependent of a concession card holder.



WA

All children from the year they turn five until the end of year 11 or their 17th birthday, whichever comes first.

N/A

General dental care is provided by School Dental Services throughout the state, through fixed and mobile clinics located at schools. This service has a focus on prevention and education; treatment is limited to general practice care and there are a number of exclusions, including specialist services and anaesthesia.

Emergency dental care is available through school dental therapy clinics. If emergency care is required outside of working hours, the public after hours emergency service can be accessed.



General dental care - no cost to patient.

Emergency care – no cost to patient if care is provided during business hours through a school dental therapy clinic. if required outside of business hours, fees apply.



ACT

All children aged less than five years who live in the ACT

All children aged five to 13 years who live or attend school in the ACT

Young people aged 14 – 17 years, if eligible


Young people aged 14 – 17 years who live or attend school in the ACT and are covered by a current concession card (health care card or pensioner concession card) – either own card or as a dependent on a parent/guardian’s card.

Comprehensive assessment, oral health plans, general preventative and restorative treatment, and emergency treatment. Services are provided through ACT Health’s clinics and health centres.

Orthodontic appliances and dentures are available to children and young people who are covered by a concession card.



Children five to 13 years – $58.50 per course of care

Children under 5 years – $58.50 per course of care if treatment is required

Additional fees apply for treatments such as orthodontic appliances and dentures.

Emergency care is free for children and young people aged under 18 years, if covered by a concession card







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