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Oral Health

Caloundra Dental Clinic

Queensland public oral health services provide free dental care to eligible patients. Patients who require non-emergency care are placed on a register, or waiting list.
A person is allocated to a particular waiting list depending on the type of care required and the urgency of their condition. This system ensures that people most in need of care can be treated first.

Waiting lists are managed by Hospital and Health Services using a statewide information system.

General Care (dental treatment desirable within 2 years) information for August 2014

Waiting time (months)<1212 to 2424 to 3636 to 4848 to 60>60% within recommended waiting time
Number of patients waiting1,9487----100%
Number of patients starting treatment123----100%

Clinical Assessment (dental assessment desirable within 1 month) information for August 2014

Waiting time (months)<11 to 22 to 33 to 44 to 5>5% within recommended waiting time
Number of patients waiting5-----100%
Number of patients assessed52----71%

Priority care – Category 1 (dental treatment desirable within 1 month) information for August 2014

Waiting time (months)<11 to 22 to 33 to 44 to 5>5% within recommended waiting time
Number of patients waiting11----50%
Number of patients starting treatment-1-----

Priority care – Category 2 (dental treatment desirable within 3 months) information for August 2014

Waiting time (months)<33 to 66 to 99 to 1212 to 15>15% within recommended waiting time
Number of patients waiting24-1---96%
Number of patients starting treatment1222---75%

Priority care – Category 3 (dental treatment desirable within 12 months) information for August 2014

Waiting time (months)<66 to 1212 to 1818 to 2424 to 30>30% within recommended waiting time
Number of patients waiting31-----100%
Number of patients starting treatment4-----100%

General Anaesthetic – Category 1 (dental treatment under general anaesthetic desirable within 1 month) information for August 2014

Waiting time (months)<11 to 22 to 33 to 44 to 5>5% within recommended waiting time
Number of patients waiting3--1-250%
Number of patients starting treatment---1---

General Anaesthetic – Category 2 (dental treatment under general anaesthetic desirable within 3 months) information for August 2014

Waiting time (months)<33 to 66 to 99 to 1212 to 15>15% within recommended waiting time
Number of patients waiting2551---81%
Number of patients starting treatment32----60%

General Anaesthetic – Category 3 (dental treatment under general anaesthetic desirable within 12 months) information for August 2014

Waiting time (months)<66 to 1212 to 1818 to 2424 to 30>30% within recommended waiting time
Number of patients waiting411---83%
Number of patients starting treatment1-----100%

All data is preliminary and subject to change. - indicates data not available or not applicable.

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More than 340,000 people received free dental care from public oral health service in Queensland in 2012/13.
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