Public Dental Waiting Times 2018

This interactive map shows information on waiting times to access public dental care across Victoria. The map is colour coded to highlight the average waiting time for general dental care:

  • areas where the waiting time exceeds 24 months
  • areas where the waiting time is between 12 and 23 months
  • areas where the waiting time is less than 12 months

This interactive map shows information on waiting times to access public dental care across Victoria. The map is colour coded to highlight the average waiting time for general dental care:

  • areas where the waiting time exceeds 24 months
  • areas where the waiting time is between 12 and 23 months
  • areas where the waiting time is less than 12 months

What You Can Do

Contact your local Member of Parliament

Our politicians need to hear what impact long public dental waiting times are having on vulnerable Victorians.

Use this map and the fact sheets below to find the public dental waiting times in your local electorate. Write and tell your local Member of Parliament that these long waiting times are unacceptable.

If you are a public dental patient, download this template letter, add your own personal story and email it to your local State Member of Parliament to let them know how you feel about these long waiting times.

If you are a dentist or other concerned person, download this template letter, add your own personal story and email it to your local State Member of Parliament to let them know what impact these long waiting times are having on vulnerable Victorians.

Click on your electorate on the map to find contact details your local Member of Parliament, and don't forget to send us a copy of your letter to advocacy@adavb.net

 

Contact your local Member of Parliament

Our politicians need to hear what impact long public dental waiting times are having on vulnerable Victorians.

Use this map and the fact sheets below to find the public dental waiting times in your local electorate. Write and tell your local Member of Parliament that these long waiting times are unacceptable.

If you are a public dental patient, download this template letter, add your own personal story and email it to your local State Member of Parliament to let them know how you feel about these long waiting times.

If you are a dentist or other concerned person, download this template letter, add your own personal story and email it to your local State Member of Parliament to let them know what impact these long waiting times are having on vulnerable Victorians.

Click on your electorate on the map to find contact details your local Member of Parliament, and don't forget to send us a copy of your letter to advocacy@adavb.net

 
Public Dental Waiting Times 2018

The current state of public dentistry in Victoria:

  • 2.5 million people are eligible to access public dental care in Victoria.
  • Only 400,000 receive care each year.
  • Average waiting time for general dental care was 19.7 months in February 2018.
  • The longest waiting time for general dental care was 48 months in February 2018.
  • The waiting time for general dental care has increased 67% since 2014/15.

Long waiting times for dental care mean existing dental problems worsen, and as a result just over one third of all courses of care are for emergency treatment rather than routine care. People with poor oral health may experience pain and embarrassment, have trouble speaking and eating, miss school, have trouble getting a job, and develop other serious health problems. That’s why it’s so important that all Victorians have access to regular dental care.

The ADAVB is calling on both the State and Federal Governments to increase their investment in public dentistry, so that vulnerable Victorians are able to smile.

At current funding levels, only 16% of eligible Victorians are able to access public dental care in any given year. Population growth in Victoria is placing further strain on the public dental system. ADAVB is calling on all political parties to support an increase in funding , with a target to double the number of patients being treated on a yearly basis to 800,000 by 2023/24. This would represent approximately 29% of the eligible population.

It is estimated that this would require an additional investment of $40 million each year on top of existing funding for the next five years, lifting the funding from the current $240 million to approximately $440 million. Additional capital funding and partnership with the private sector would be required as capacity growth is required, with a particular focus on growth corridors in Melbourne and areas identified as having a high demand for public dental services.

The current state of public dentistry in Victoria:

  • 2.5 million people are eligible to access public dental care in Victoria.
  • Only 400,000 receive care each year.
  • Average waiting time for general dental care was 19.7 months in February 2018.
  • The longest waiting time for general dental care was 48 months in February 2018.
  • The waiting time for general dental care has increased 67% since 2014/15.

Long waiting times for dental care mean existing dental problems worsen, and as a result just over one third of all courses of care are for emergency treatment rather than routine care. People with poor oral health may experience pain and embarrassment, have trouble speaking and eating, miss school, have trouble getting a job, and develop other serious health problems. That’s why it’s so important that all Victorians have access to regular dental care.

The ADAVB is calling on both the State and Federal Governments to increase their investment in public dentistry, so that vulnerable Victorians are able to smile.

At current funding levels, only 16% of eligible Victorians are able to access public dental care in any given year. Population growth in Victoria is placing further strain on the public dental system. ADAVB is calling on all political parties to support an increase in funding , with a target to double the number of patients being treated on a yearly basis to 800,000 by 2023/24. This would represent approximately 29% of the eligible population.

It is estimated that this would require an additional investment of $40 million each year on top of existing funding for the next five years, lifting the funding from the current $240 million to approximately $440 million. Additional capital funding and partnership with the private sector would be required as capacity growth is required, with a particular focus on growth corridors in Melbourne and areas identified as having a high demand for public dental services.

Fact Sheets

General Fact Sheets 

Download these fact sheets to find out more information about public dental waiting lists, the preventable cost of poor oral health and the case for action.

Public Dentistry Fact Sheet

The Preventable Cost of Poor Oral Health

Oral Health - The Case for Action

 Electorate Fact Sheets

These electorate fact sheets show more detailed information for each electorate, including waiting list trend data for the past 6 years. Only electorates with a public dental clinc have fact sheets. For electorates without a public dental clinic, it is recommended to download fact sheets for adjoining electorates. Use the map above to locate the electorates with the closest public dental clinics.

 

Albert Park Altona Bass Bayswater
Bellarine Benambra Bendigo East Bendigo West
Bentleigh Box Hill Brighton Broadmeadows
Brunswick Bulleen Bundoora Buninyong
 Burwood Carrum Caulfield Clarinda
Cranbourne Croydon Dandenong Eildon
Eltham Essendon Euroa Evelyn
Ferntree Gully Footscray Forest Hill Frankston
Geelong Gembrook Gippsland East Gippsland South
Hastings Hawthorn Ivanhoe Kew
Keysborough Kororoit Lara Lowan
Macedon Malvern Melbourne Melton
Mildura  Mill Park Monbulk Mordialloc
Mornington Morwell Mount Waverley Mulgrave
Murray Plains Narracan Narre Warren North Narre Warren South
Nepean Niddrie Northcote Oakleigh
Ovens Valley Pascoe Vale Polwarth Prahran
Preston Richmond Ringwood Ripon
Rowville Sandringham Shepparton South Barwon
South-West Coast St Albans Sunbury Sydenham
Tarneit Thomastown Warrandyte Wendouree
Werribee Williamstown Yan Yean Yuroke    

 

Useful Links

 

The Australian Dental Association has helped develop the Oral Health Tracker as a national report card on oral health in Australia available here.

Dental Health Services Victoria has developed oral health profiles for local governments available here.

General Fact Sheets 

Download these fact sheets to find out more information about public dental waiting lists, the preventable cost of poor oral health and the case for action.

Public Dentistry Fact Sheet

The Preventable Cost of Poor Oral Health

Oral Health - The Case for Action

 Electorate Fact Sheets

These electorate fact sheets show more detailed information for each electorate, including waiting list trend data for the past 6 years. Only electorates with a public dental clinc have fact sheets. For electorates without a public dental clinic, it is recommended to download fact sheets for adjoining electorates. Use the map above to locate the electorates with the closest public dental clinics.

 

Albert Park Altona Bass Bayswater
Bellarine Benambra Bendigo East Bendigo West
Bentleigh Box Hill Brighton Broadmeadows
Brunswick Bulleen Bundoora Buninyong
 Burwood Carrum Caulfield Clarinda
Cranbourne Croydon Dandenong Eildon
Eltham Essendon Euroa Evelyn
Ferntree Gully Footscray Forest Hill Frankston
Geelong Gembrook Gippsland East Gippsland South
Hastings Hawthorn Ivanhoe Kew
Keysborough Kororoit Lara Lowan
Macedon Malvern Melbourne Melton
Mildura  Mill Park Monbulk Mordialloc
Mornington Morwell Mount Waverley Mulgrave
Murray Plains Narracan Narre Warren North Narre Warren South
Nepean Niddrie Northcote Oakleigh
Ovens Valley Pascoe Vale Polwarth Prahran
Preston Richmond Ringwood Ripon
Rowville Sandringham Shepparton South Barwon
South-West Coast St Albans Sunbury Sydenham
Tarneit Thomastown Warrandyte Wendouree
Werribee Williamstown Yan Yean Yuroke    

 

Useful Links

 

The Australian Dental Association has helped develop the Oral Health Tracker as a national report card on oral health in Australia available here.

Dental Health Services Victoria has developed oral health profiles for local governments available here.

Key Facts
  • Average waiting time for general dental care Feb 2018 - 19.7 months
  • Longest waiting time for general dental care Feb 2018 - 48 months
  • Average waiting time for denture care Feb 2018 - 17.1 months
  • Longest waiting time for denture care Feb 2018 - 49 months
  • Victorians eligible for public dental care - 2.5 million
  • Victorians who accessed public dental care in 2016/17 - 398,257
  • Proportion of eligible Victorians who accessed public dental care in 2016/17 - 16%
  • Funding for public dental services in 2017/18 - $238.6 million
  • Average waiting time for general dental care Feb 2018 - 19.7 months
  • Longest waiting time for general dental care Feb 2018 - 48 months
  • Average waiting time for denture care Feb 2018 - 17.1 months
  • Longest waiting time for denture care Feb 2018 - 49 months
  • Victorians eligible for public dental care - 2.5 million
  • Victorians who accessed public dental care in 2016/17 - 398,257
  • Proportion of eligible Victorians who accessed public dental care in 2016/17 - 16%
  • Funding for public dental services in 2017/18 - $238.6 million
Content

Content

The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) is the peak membership body for dentists in Victoria, and we are committed to the oral health of all Victorians and the professional lives of our members. ADAVB is not party-political, and therefore takes a neutral political position focussed on promoting oral health policies that benefit the Victorian community.

The public dental care data presented in this map was obtained from a Freedom of Information request to Dental Health Services Victoria. The information on the Victorian State Election was obtained from the Victorian Electoral Commission website (www.vec.vic.gov.au). This map uses electoral boundaries from the 2014 State election.

 

This content is authorised by:

A/Prof Matthew Hopcraft

CEO, ADAVB Inc.

3/10 Yarra Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

 

Content

The Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) is the peak membership body for dentists in Victoria, and we are committed to the oral health of all Victorians and the professional lives of our members. ADAVB is not party-political, and therefore takes a neutral political position focussed on promoting oral health policies that benefit the Victorian community.

The public dental care data presented in this map was obtained from a Freedom of Information request to Dental Health Services Victoria. The information on the Victorian State Election was obtained from the Victorian Electoral Commission website (www.vec.vic.gov.au). This map uses electoral boundaries from the 2014 State election.

 

This content is authorised by:

A/Prof Matthew Hopcraft

CEO, ADAVB Inc.

3/10 Yarra Street, South Yarra VIC 3141

 

How To Use This Map

Map Legend

Public Dental Care Waiting Times

Electorates shown in red have a waiting time longer than 24 months, amber between 12 and 24 months and green less than 12 months. Electorates shown in grey do not have any public dental clinics within the electorate. The estimated waiting time for people living in that electorate would be the same as that of the closest public dental clinic.

Click an electorate to display information about average waiting times for general dental care in each electorate (as at February 2018). Some electorates have dental clinics operated by different community health agencies – in these instances the map reflects the highest average waiting time for general dental care.

Public Dental Clinics

Clinic locations are shown with the tooth icon .

Click on the clinic icon to display detailed information about each clinic, including the waiting time for general and dental care, the number of people on the waiting list, and the number of patients treated (as at February 2018).

Some community health agencies operate dental clinics in several locations. The performance data is combined and reported for the entire agency, not for the individual clinic location.

Electorate Information

Click an electorate to display information about the Member of the Victorian Parliament (in the Legislative Assembly) in each electorate. This will display information on the sitting member, including contact details and the results of the 2014 Victorian State Election. Use this information to contact your local Member of Parliament to let them know that improving public dental health is important to you.

Toolbar

Zoom In/Out

Use the magnifying glass to zoom in/out on the map.

Address Search

Type in your address, suburb or postcode to search for your electorate. You may need to zoom out after selecting the address to have a better overview of the map.

Map Legend

Public Dental Care Waiting Times

Electorates shown in red have a waiting time longer than 24 months, amber between 12 and 24 months and green less than 12 months. Electorates shown in grey do not have any public dental clinics within the electorate. The estimated waiting time for people living in that electorate would be the same as that of the closest public dental clinic.

Click an electorate to display information about average waiting times for general dental care in each electorate (as at February 2018). Some electorates have dental clinics operated by different community health agencies – in these instances the map reflects the highest average waiting time for general dental care.

Public Dental Clinics

Clinic locations are shown with the tooth icon .

Click on the clinic icon to display detailed information about each clinic, including the waiting time for general and dental care, the number of people on the waiting list, and the number of patients treated (as at February 2018).

Some community health agencies operate dental clinics in several locations. The performance data is combined and reported for the entire agency, not for the individual clinic location.

Electorate Information

Click an electorate to display information about the Member of the Victorian Parliament (in the Legislative Assembly) in each electorate. This will display information on the sitting member, including contact details and the results of the 2014 Victorian State Election. Use this information to contact your local Member of Parliament to let them know that improving public dental health is important to you.

Toolbar

Zoom In/Out

Use the magnifying glass to zoom in/out on the map.

Address Search

Type in your address, suburb or postcode to search for your electorate. You may need to zoom out after selecting the address to have a better overview of the map.

Eligibility for Public Dental Services

All children aged 0-12 years

Young people aged 13-17 years who are health care or pensioner concession card holders or dependents of concession card holders

Adults who are health care or pensioner concession card holders or dependents of concession card holders

Refugees and asylum seekers

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people (only if treated at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne). 

Click here for information on eligibility for public dental care.

All children aged 0-12 years

Young people aged 13-17 years who are health care or pensioner concession card holders or dependents of concession card holders

Adults who are health care or pensioner concession card holders or dependents of concession card holders

Refugees and asylum seekers

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people (only if treated at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne). 

Click here for information on eligibility for public dental care.

Waiting Times for General Dental Care

Waiting times for general care

Waiting times for general care

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