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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 06 Hansard (Friday, 6 May 2005 2005) . . Page.. 2005 ..


Health—dental waiting lists(Question No 319)

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

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

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:

Adult Restorative Waiting list at 11 March 2005

1475 clients waiting and the waiting time is 7 months

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.

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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