Dental Services

Purpose of this topic

To list the dental services available to school children.

School Dental Services

The school dental service:

  • provides dental care:
    • for all primary school children
    • for children in years 7 and 8 whose families have health concession cards
    • at either a mobile van or community dental clinic
    • made available once every 12 to 24 months, depending on treatment needs
    • by a dental therapist working under supervision of dentists
  • can provide resources to teachers for planning and conducting dental health education at school
  • requires parents/guardians to sign a consent form before any dental examination.

Costs of school dental services:

  • there is no charge for emergency treatment of primary school children
  • there is no charge for children of families with a health concession card.
  • a small fee applies to children whose families do not hold a health concession card.  There is a maximum charge per family per year.

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Youth Dental Program

The Youth Dental Program uses community dental clinics to provide free dental treatment:

  • for dependants of health concession card holders in Years 9 to 12 aged 14 to 17
  • for dependants of health concession card holders aged 14 to 17 not attending school
  • provides:
    • check-ups and advice
    • sealants to prevent decay
    • cleaning and fillings
  • once every 12 to 24 months, depending on treatment needs.

Special needs student

Dental Health Services Victoria has two special services mobile units offering free general dental care for students:

  • with physical or intellectual disabilities
  • attending special development schools in the metropolitan and rural areas, every one to two years.

Emergency dental service

The Royal Dental Hospital:

  • assesses whether emergency dental care is required, generally within 24 hours of contacting dental staff (during business hours)
  • provides emergency care from:
    • 5.30 pm to 9.15 pm weekdays
    • 8.45 am to 9.15 pm on weekends and public holidays.

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