Dental assistance

What assistance is available to those who can’t afford private dental treatment?

Dental assistance
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Q. Elizabeth
My husband is 78 years old and has been on the pension for a number of years now. Can you please tell me how to find out if he can be assisted as his teeth are wearing out and I am not quite sure what help is available to him?
 

A. Your husband may be eligible for treatment under the National Partnership Agreement which is delivered by state and territory governments under their Public Oral Health Services. There is certain eligibility criteria which must be met, this usually means residing within the Local Health District providing the care and holding a valid concession card, although it may vary between the states and territories.

The services provided may also vary and there may be a waiting list for public dental services. 

You can find out more by visiting the Health Department of the state or territory in which you reside:

NSW

ACT

VIC

SA

TAS

QLD

NT 

WA 

Also, Seniors Card holders may be eligible for discounts from private dental providers. You should check with your local Seniors Card office for details. 





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    kosmo88
    3rd Feb 2014
    1:57pm
    Elisabeth, If you leave in NSW, you could take your husband to the Sydney Dental, at Central station, Elizabeth St. Rgs, NormaH
    Penqueen1949
    3rd Feb 2014
    1:58pm
    The waiting list for public dental treatment in Toowoomba Queensland was 5 years plus before the scheme for pensioners with multiple health issues was axed. I hate to think what it is now. I'm just glad that finally I am getting some much needed treatment.
    tisme
    3rd Feb 2014
    4:30pm
    mum aged in her 70's had to wait 3 years to hav 19 rotten teeth out, daughter waited 5 years for a check up now it seems they are outsourcing some dental work. I didn't have to wait for my tmj dental splint but its too hard and to tight , ive been back but yes well. mum had false teeth made by the govt dental clinic , she has never been able to wear them
    Hillbillypete
    3rd Feb 2014
    6:22pm
    What a bloody joke all this is, went to see about my teeth and I don't have many! and was told there is a 6 year wait, by that time I will be dead, will just keep eating mash potato.
    buby
    4th Feb 2014
    10:30pm
    i'm so sorry to hear it hillbilly....i bet you be sick of mash spud by now!
    buby
    4th Feb 2014
    10:31pm
    i know the feeling i don't have many left either i'm getting sick of porridge but don't have much choice, and all the soft foods.... i guess "thats life for us oldies now!
    particolor
    4th Feb 2014
    11:26pm
    I've been on the NON EXISTANT Waiting list for over 12 Years now !!..TEETH are not a Part of the Human Body !! They are from Outer Space !!.. Or the Space they fell Outa !!
    Penqueen1949
    5th Feb 2014
    12:10am
    My late father used to be the MC of old time dances in mining towns and lost his teeth at a young age breaking up fights. Back then there was no dentistry like there is today as he was born in 1906. He kept his false teeth in a drawer as they did not fit so he went without. In spite of this the only thing he could not chew was raw coconut, it had to be grated. He did not have steak very often and when he did he just cut it finely. He ate everything else including young raw carrots from his veggie garden.
    buby
    3rd Feb 2014
    10:09pm
    Even in Victoria its a sad state of affairs, they don't help the oldies anymore, well not unless they go to the dental hospital and for many thats way to far to go, depending on your physical problems
    tisme
    3rd Feb 2014
    11:08pm
    thing is the americans think we are lucky to have wat they call
    socialised medicine,
    maggie01
    4th Feb 2014
    8:19am
    What about the local Council schemes? I have always had good service there for my teeth, I can't recommend them highly enough! This is in Victoria.
    Janice
    4th Feb 2014
    10:24am
    If you live in Vic. You are eligible for their dental scheme. Centre link should tell you where to go or your doctor. There is a waiting list. However, I have diabetes & because the condition of my teeth was effecting my eating & hence my diabetes I didn't have to wait. A lot of private dentists & dental technicians work with the gov. On this system. So make sure you mention if your problem effects your health.
    Penqueen1949
    4th Feb 2014
    1:25pm
    I live in Queensland and there's only a state government dental scheme here for people with a health care card. My teeth have adversely contributed to my extreme chemical sensitivities resulting in convulsive seizures but that makes no difference in Queensland, I still had to wait for five and a half years.....
    Hillbillypete
    4th Feb 2014
    6:16pm
    I am going to move to W.A. there medical for pensioners is unbelievable.
    brainstraina
    4th Feb 2014
    7:30pm
    I personally know quite a number of people who have dentures from the Bairnsdale govt. clinic. They are of no use for eating; even after adjustments. What's the point of attending a free? dental prosthetist who is obviously not properly trained or experienced or does not have the ability for the job?
    buby
    4th Feb 2014
    10:28pm
    i know what u mean brains, i have heard from some ppl i know, that can eat with their dentures in. and some can't eat with their dentures in. I wonder if its how good or badly its fitted......?
    Sweet pea
    4th Feb 2014
    7:40pm
    I go the local community centre for dentistry work and podiatry. I am thrilled with their work.
    Penqueen1949
    5th Feb 2014
    12:02am
    What state do you live in Sweet pea?
    Janice
    4th Feb 2014
    8:06pm
    Brainstraina, I was given the option so went to a private dental prosthetist in Cranbourne. I have had dentures for 37 years & this new set is the very best I have ever had & I'm entitled to a new pair every 2 years. I couldn't praise them enough.
    buby
    4th Feb 2014
    10:26pm
    interesting nanna cranbournes a long way from me. and did it cost a lot? if you don't mind me asking?
    buby
    4th Feb 2014
    10:24pm
    i found this on yourtube i swear i'm going to get me some at least before i die i might get a nice smile for a little while lol
    pressonveneers.net
    check it out just put that in your (bing) or whatever your search engine is, this is in australia now :)
    buby
    4th Feb 2014
    10:26pm
    sorry typo's its supposed to be youtube lol
    tisme
    4th Feb 2014
    11:09pm
    that's ok for anyone with any teeth left worth sticking them on. ( wouldn't be many in Qld least not those who rely on Queensland Health
    Penqueen1949
    5th Feb 2014
    12:00am
    My front teeth are past having press on veneers, there are only stubs left in the front so they're coming out.
    Janice
    5th Feb 2014
    3:08am
    Buby, it did not cost me one cent. Completely free because I am on the aged pension & hold a concession card.
    buby
    5th Feb 2014
    8:57am
    i see nana, but are you in a private fund with your medical stuff, and perhaps it is covered by that!
    tisme
    5th Feb 2014
    10:01am
    the dental care mum got was free cos she was aged , rotten teeth, the first set they gave her in hospital didn't fit they weren't hers ( she had to go in to hospital to have em out cos of her health and the state of her teeth. the next pair they gave her she cant wear cos the don't fit and the jaw bon is just under a thin cover of gum ( all ofwhich could have been solved if she'd have been given immediate care and implants. wen she was able to handle it
    Janice
    5th Feb 2014
    1:49pm
    No Buby I don't have private health cover. I only have the aged pension & their health care/concession card. The dentists etc. bulk build the government the same as doctors.


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