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Public dental services

Public dental services are delivered via a range of facilities including mobile dental clinics, school dental clinics and community dental clinics.

Eligibility

Adults

For adults and their dependants to be eligible for free public dental care they must be a Queensland resident and, where applicable, receive benefits from any of the following concession cards:

  • Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink
  • Health Care Card
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
  • Queensland Seniors Card

Children and adolescents

For children to be eligible for free public dental care they must:

  • be a Queensland resident or attend a Queensland school; and,
  • be eligible for Medicare; and,
  • meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • be aged four years or older and have not completed Year 10; or,
    • be eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule; or,
    • hold, or be listed as a dependent on, a valid Centrelink concession card

Public dental care for children may be provided on-site at schools through fixed or mobile dental clinics or at larger community dental clinics by teams including dentists, oral health therapists, dental therapists and dental assistants.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

CDBS is a dental benefits program by the Australian Government for eligible children that provides up to $1,026 in benefits for basic dental services in either a public or private setting. This includes dental examinations, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings, root canal treatments and extractions. Benefits are not available for orthodontic or cosmetic dental work.

For children to be eligible for CDBS they must be:

  • 0-17 years of age on 01 January in the calendar year
  • eligible for Medicare
  • getting an eligible payment, or have a parent getting a payment, from Centrelink at least once a year, including Family Tax Benefit Part A.

For more information about the CDBS, visit the Services Australia website.

Cost

Public dental services in Queensland are funded by the government and are provided free to eligible people. You are responsible for the cost of your transport to and from dental clinics.

Locations

Learn more about public dental services in your hospital and health service.

Adult dental clinics

  • Atherton Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Cairns North Community Health Centre
  • Edmonton Community Health Centre
  • Innisfail Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Mareeba Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Mossman Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Smithfield Community Health Centre
  • Tully Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Gurriny Yealamucka Health/Yarrabah Dental Clinic

School dental clinics

  • Balaclava State School
  • Cairns West State School
  • Edge Hills State School
  • Mareeba State School
  • Innisfail Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Tully Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Cairns North Community Health
  • Edmonton Community Health Centre
  • Smithfield Community Health Centre

Outreach dental clinics

  • Chillagoe Primary Health Centre
  • Croydon Primary Health Centre
  • Georgetown Primary Health Centre

Visit the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service website for more information.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service provides adult, and child and adolescent oral health services from:

  • Dalby Dental Clinic
  • Goondiwindi Dental Clinic
  • Kingaroy Dental Clinic
  • Miles Dental Clinic
  • Stanthorpe Dental Clinic
  • Toowoomba Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Warwick Dental Clinic

Visit the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service website for more information.

Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service provides adult, and child and adolescent oral health services from:

  • Southport Health Precinct
  • Palm Beach Dental Clinic
  • Robina Dental Clinic
  • Gold Coast University Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Burleigh School Dental Clinic

Visit the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service website for information.

Adult dental services

  • Mackay
  • Proserpine
  • Bowen
  • Clermont
  • Collinsville
  • Sarina

School dental clinics (fixed)

  • Victoria Park State School
  • North Mackay State School

Mobile dental vans also service schools within the greater Mackay HHS.

Visit the Mackay Hospital and Health Service website for information.

Metro South Hospital and Health Service provides adult, and child and adolescent oral health services from:

  • Beaudesert Hospital
  • Beenleigh Community Health Centre
  • Browns Plains Community Health Centre
  • Inala Community Health Centre
  • Kingston Oral Health Centre
  • Logan Central Community Health Centre
  • QEII Jubilee Hospital
  • Redland Health Service Centre
  • Richlands East Oral Health Centre
  • Woolloongabba Community Health Centre
  • Wynnum-Manly Community Health Centre

Visit the Metro South Hospital and Health Service website for information on their oral health services.

North West Hospital and Health Service provides adult, and child and adolescent oral health services at Mount Isa Base Hospital.

Fixed school dental clinics operate from:

  • Townview State School
  • Sunset State School

Mobile dental vans also provide preventive dental care and clinical treatment in the region.

Visit the North West Hospital and Health Service website for further information.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service provides oral health services from:

  • Caloundra Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Kawana Oral Health - Public Dental Clinic
  • Nambour Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Noosa Community Health Dental Clinic
  • Nambour School Dental Clinic
  • Gympie Hospital Dental Clinic
  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital

Visit Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service for more information.

Townsville Hospital and Health Service provides oral health services from:

  • Townsville
  • Palm Island
  • Ayr
  • Charters Towers
  • Hughenden
  • Richmond
  • Cardwell
  • Ingham

Fixed school clinics also operate from Townsville, Ayr and Ingham, with mobile clinics services schools across the region.

Visit the Townsville Hospital and Health Service website for further information.

Emergency dental

Learn what to do in a dental emergency.

More information

  • contact your dental practitioner
  • call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for confidential health advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week