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Oral health

The Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service (TCHHS) delivers quality oral health services provided by a multi-disciplinary dental team consisting of, dentists, oral health and dental therapists, dental students, dental assistants and administration staff.

Clinics provide general dental and emergency treatment across a range of locations throughout the TCHHS and operate under strict national infection control standards.

Oral Health Services - Torres Strait Islands & Northern Peninsula Area

The Oral health team provide both emergency and general courses of care. The deliver of oral health services to the outer islands will be a regular part of the service schedule with the aim to visit each of these locations every 12-18 months.

Treatment at a fee for service will be offered to non-eligible patients

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Eligibility

Adults, and their dependents, who are Queensland residents, and where applicable, currently in receipt of benefits from at least one of the following concession cards:

  • Pensioner Concession Card issued by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Pensioner Concession Card issued by Centrelink
  • Health Care Card (this includes Low Income Health Care Card Holders who are automatically eligible for services)
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
  • Queensland Seniors Card

Children who are Queensland residents and are:

  • eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule; or
  • two years of age or older and have not completed Year 12 of secondary school; or
  • dependants of current concession card holders or hold a current concession card.

Non-eligible

Non-eligible patients are people who do not meet the above criteria and will be treated for a fee. Emergency* and full courses of care are available in all locations, with the exception of Cooktown where emergency treatment only is offered and Napranum where non-eligible patients will be referred to Weipa for treatment.

Cape York Region

Weipa Integrated Health Clinic -  there is a private practice, therefore non-eligible patients can access treatment on a fee for services basis.

At all other facilities in the Cape emergency treatment ONLY will be provided for non-eligible patients.

Torres Strait Islands and Northern Peninsula Area region

Thursday Island and Bamaga Clinics - non-eligible patients can access treatment on a fee for services basis.

Please note Student Dentists are not able to provide treatment for non-eligible patients.

* Emergency can be classified as having trauma including loss of function, swelling, uncontrolled haemorrhage, and supervening infection.


Clinic open days

Primary Health Clinic locationPhoneOpening days
Aurukun 4060 6700

Contact the PHC for next visiting date.

Bamaga Hospital 4090 4233

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - general and emergency treatment
Please call the clinic to make an appointment

Coen 4083 5900

Contact the PHC for next visiting date.

Cooktown 4043 0173

Tuesday, Thursday and every Friday
Appointments are essential
Emergency treatment for eligible and non-eligible patients.

Hopevale 4083 8100

Wednesday
No appointments required.
Emergency treatment for eligible and non-eligible patients.

Pormpuraaw 4060 4800

Contact the PHC for next visiting date.

Kowanyama4083 7600

Contact the PHC for next visiting date.

Lockhart River 4060 7155

Contact the PHC for next visiting date.

Napranum 4082 3536

Tuesday
No appointments required.
Emergency treatment for eligible and non-eligible patients.

Thursday Island 4069 0406 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Emergency and general courses of care for eligible and non-eligible patients.
Bookings essential
Weipa 4082 3718

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Emergency and general courses of care for eligible and non-eligible patients.
Bookings essential

Wujal Wujal 4083 9000 Monday
No appointments required.
Emergency and general treatment for eligible and non-eligible patients.

Frequently asked questions

Are we open for general treatment?
Yes.  Please see Clinic Opening details for more information on booking appointments.

How long does it take to have dentures made?
The length of time to have dentures made can vary, as a general rule it can take 6-8 weeks to have these completed, as we outsource the prosthetics to a laboratory in Cairns, and approximately 3 visits to the dentist.

If I am not eligible for free dental, what is the cost of treatment?
Please contact your local dental clinic for further information on pricing and estimated costs.

What should I bring to my appointment?
All patients must bring the following ;

  • Proof of eligibility- valid card or method of payment for non-eligible patients
  • List of medications & medical history
  • If you are on warfarin, please notify your local clinic before attending as tests may be required before treatment.
  • If you have rheumatic fever please notify the dental clinic prior to your appointment as additional treatment may be required

Is dental covered under PTSS?
Yes, if the situation constitutes an emergency; dental abscess or trauma.

When and where are clinics open?
Clinics are available throughout the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service region, specific information for each clinic is outlined with Clinic opening details


Last updated: 28 August 2015