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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 6 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 2005..


Health-dental waiting lists

(Question No 319)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 16 March 2005:

(1) What is the current waiting list and waiting times for adult dental health services in all categories of patients;

(2) What was the waiting (a) list and (b) times for adult dental health services in all categories of patients at the end of financial years (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2002-03 and (iii) 2001-02.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1.1 Adult Restorative Waiting list at 11 March 2005

1475 clients waiting and the waiting time is 7 months

1.2 Adult Denture Waiting list at 11 March 2005

152 clients waiting and the waiting time is 4 months

Please note

    • 15% increase in additions to the centralised waiting list for restorative services from March 04 to March 05.
    • All clients are currently completing a full course of dental treatment every 19 months
    • All clients triaged as a dental emergency are seen on the same day.

1.3 Adult Waiting list for General Anaesthetic (GA)

At 28 February 2005

Calvary Hospital - Adults and children and young people over 10

106 clients waiting with the average waiting time 12 months

The Canberra Hospital - Children and young people under 10

57 clients waiting with the average waiting time 13 months.

Please note

    • At TCH 3 clients have been waiting 21 months as they chose to delay treatment for personal reasons.
    • 4 Dental Officers provide treatment under General Anaesthetic at TCH and Calvary, 2 are Visiting Dental Officers who undertake more complex oral surgery and 2 are dental officers employed by ACT Health.
    • There is (on average) 5 General Anaesthetic lists a month at Calvary 2 (on average) at TCH and between 2 and 4 clients are treated each session.
    • The Program also has a booked monthly GA session for special needs clients and more urgent cases at Lidia Perin.
    • DHP currently undertaking an audit of the GA waiting list
    • Data not available for previous years (i) 2003-04 (ii) 2002-03 and (iii) 2001-02


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