Public dental service activity

The following figure shows the number of dental service events provided for public dental patients each financial year.

Public dental service activity is enhanced by funding provided under the National Partnership Agreement on Public Dental Services for Adults, an agreement between the Commonwealth of Australia and the States and Territories to contribute to the improved oral health of public dental patients.

Line graph of Service Events per Financial Year. Text version in Table 1 below  

Financial year FY11/12 FY12/13 FY13/14 FY14/15 FY15/16 FY16/17 FY17/18 FY18/19
Child​​ 243,908 273334 266,347 235,555 220,810 210,574 211,005 207,494
Adult 394,194 470,398 565,020 560,342 575,627 586,920 608,204 625,727
All Ages 638,102 743,732 831,367 795,897 796,437 797,494 819,209 833,221

Public dental service waiting lists

The following figure shows the total number of public dental patients waiting for assessment and treatment by financial quarter. This data is also available in table format.

Line graph of residents waiting for dental assessment and treatment  

Public dental service waiting lists by local health district

The following table shows the number of public dental patients waiting for assessment and treatment at each Local Health District (LHD), as at 31 December 2019. Note that these figures reflect LHD where service was provided, not patients' LHD of residence. Also does not include patients who are waiting for specialist dental services.

A table showing public dental waiting lists by priority code is also available.

Local health district Child assessment Child treatment Adult assessment Adult treatment
Central Coast 21 61 876 6,258
Far West 33 3 409 351
Hunter New England 283 0 1,266 12,856
Illawarra Shoalhaven 25 0 706 8,231
Murrumbidgee​ 271 47 1,365 641
Mid North Coast 201 0 812 4,559
Nepean Blue Mountains 279 1,291 42 3,616
Northern NSW 140 4 855 7,319
Northern Sydney 411 50 1,511 2,253
South Eastern Sydney 189 1 712 7,437
Southern NSW 275 1 1,107 129
South Western Sydney 0 0 1,473 8,570
Sydney 0 3 972 19,360
Western NSW 315 232 598 7,206
Western Sydney 195 2,041 2,375 4,521
Total 2,638 3,734 15,079 93,307
Page Updated: Thursday 16 January 2020