Dental Health Program

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Updated 28 February 2012

What is it?

The ACT Dental Health Program is divided into Adult Dental Services and Child and Youth Dental Services.

A range of dental services is available to ACT residents who are the primary holder of a current Centrelink issued Pension Concession or Health Care Card. Interstate holders of the above cards may be seen on an emergency basis if visiting the ACT.

Emergency Dental Services
Emergency dental services are available Monday to Friday (except public holidays) to people eligible under the ACT Dental Health Program who require urgent dental treatment. Limited after hours emergency dental treatment is available at the Phillip Dental Clinic on Saturday mornings.

Who is eligible?

Adult Dental Services
ACT residents aged 18 and over who are the primary holder of a current ACT Centerlink issued Pension Concession or Health Care Card are eligible to receive treatment.

Child and Youth Dental Services:

  • All children under 5 years of age who live in the ACT;
  • All children 5 years to under 14 years of age who live or attend school in the ACT;
  • Young people living or attending school in the ACT under the age of 18 years who are covered by a current Centrelink Concession Card.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is authorised to sign relevant paperwork and consent to treatment.

How do I apply?

For more information about, and to make appointments in regard to, ACT Dental Health Program Services, contact one of the dental services or health centres listed below under “Contact”.

Who runs it?

The Health Directorate


Civic Dental ClinicLevel 1
1 Moore Street
Ph: (02) 6205 0977 or (02) 6205 0978

Phillip Dental Clinic
Cnr Corinna & Keltie Streets
Ph: (02) 6205 1463 or (02) 6205 1695

For Children Only

Belconnen Child & Youth Dental Clinic
Cnr Benjamin Way & Swanson Court
Ph: (02) 6205 1541 or (02) 6205 1202

Tuggeranong Child & Youth Dental Clinic
Cnr Anketell & Pitman Streets
Phone (02) 6205 2768 or (02) 6205 0585

Emergency Dental Services
For urgent dental treatment, phone the clinic first. All clients will be assessed over the phone and those with the most urgent problems will be offered an appointment.
See the Health Directorate website for more information