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 

FY11-12 FY12-13 FY13-14 FY14-15 FY15-16 FY16-17 FY17-18 FY18-19
Child 243,908 273,334 266,347 235,555 220,810 210,574 211,005 207,494
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, as at 30 September 2019. These figures do 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 3 178 860 5,421
Hunter New England 162 0 1,304 12,278
Mid North Coast​​ 214 2 816 4,520
Northern NSW 101 2 771 7,207
Northern Sydney 531 74 1,516 2,045
Far West 3 2 361 317
Nepean Blue Mountains 414 1122 32 3,401
South Western Sydney 0 2 1096 8,336
Sydney 0 2 1144 17,503
Western NSW 201 234 465 7,365
Western Sydney 101 2,683 868 4,584
Illawarra Shoalhaven 9 0 690 7,808
Murrumbidgee 280 50 1,494 584
South Eastern Sydney 44 0 686 6,889
Southern NSW 315 1 998 175
Total 2,378 4,352 13,101 88,433
Page Updated: Thursday 24 October 2019