NSW public dental services

Public oral health care is delivered to eligible clients in a number of settings across NSW within local health districts.

NSW Health does not charge a co‑payment for public dental services.

NPA - public waiting list reduction

The National Partnership Agreement on Treating More Public Dental Patients (the Dental NPA) is a joint Commonwealth and NSW state initiative that aims to deliver additional public dental services to eligible patients.

The Dental NPA is focused on providing services to patients who are Aboriginal, at high risk or who from major dental problems, and patients living in rural and remote areas.
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Careers in NSW Health

Information about working as an oral health professional with NSW Health, including remuneration and conditions, can be found through Careers in NSW Health.

Advertised positions

NSW Health vacancies, including NSW Ministry of Health vacancies, can be found online.

Eligibility for public dental services

NSW public dental services are provided only to a proportion of the community who meet an eligibility criteria.

Approximately 47% of the NSW population is eligible for public dental services. The NSW criteria of eligibility for public dental services are more generous than most other States and Territories in Australia.

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Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW

The Centre for Oral Health Strategy, NSW is responsible for planning and developing oral health policies that focus on oral health promotion, prevention, early intervention and treatment.

The Centre is part of the Population Health Division of the NSW Ministry of Health. The Chief Dental Officer reports directly to the Chief Health Officer.

LHD call centres - making an appointment

Before making a dental appointment you should know the local health district in which you reside.

You must be aware of the current eligibility criteria to access public dental care.

Resources: publications and fact sheets

A comphrensive list of resources is available and can be used by health professionals, students, families, care givers and their recipients as well as the general public.

They have also been grouped by broad target groups including:

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Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a Medicare program that provides access to up to $1000 in benefits per eligible child for a range of dental services over two consecutive calendar years.

You can access care under the CDBS through most Local Health District Public Dental Services or private dentists.

Make an appointment today by calling your local dental service.

You can check your child's eligibility and CDBS balance at my.gov.au or by calling Medicare on 132 011.

Visit the Australian Government's Department of Human Services or Department of Health for further details.

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Oral Health: 2020 Strategic Framework

The Oral Health 2020 Strategic Framework sets the platform for oral health action in NSW into the next decade.
It provides an overview of the oral health status of the population, outlines the goals for oral health services, describes target groups that require focussed efforts, and outlines the high level actions that will be pursued to improve the oral health of the population.
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Page Updated: Friday 10 November 2017