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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 9 Hansard (27 September) . . Page.. 2861..


(4) ACT Health will manage these campaigns.

Health—dental care

(Question No 1656)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 August 2007 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Health):

(1) How many people are on the waiting list for dental care in the categories of (a) adult general, (b) child, (c) dentures and (d) orthodontics;

(2) How long is the longest wait in each category in part (1).

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

In relation to both questions (1) and (2)

(a) Adult General Dental Service

    • As of 31 August 2007 there were 2015 on the adult general restorative waiting list. Currently the longest waiting time for general restorative services is 11.98 months.

    • The Government has recently allocated additional and recurrent funding specifically to reduce the waiting times for restorative services in 2007-2008.

    • 100% of adults triaged as a dental emergency receive appropriate treatment from the Dental Health Program within 24 hours.

(b) Child and Youth Dental Service

    • There is no waiting list for Child and Youth Dental Services.

(c) Dentures

    • As of 31 August 2007 there were 158 people on the Denture Waitlist. Currently the longest waiting time for treatment to commence is 3.7 months.
    • Prior to entering the Denture Waitlist a priority assessment is conducted to ensure that clients who have higher priority denture needs receive treatment earlier.

(d) Orthodontics

    • The Dental Health Program provides a limited child and youth orthodontic service. Currently 109 children are on the waitlist for an orthodontic assessment. The longest wait time for scope of treatment provided by the Dental Health Program is 10.6 months.

Health care system—compensation payments

(Question No 1659)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 23 August 2007 (redirected to the Acting Minister for Health):


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