The Albury Wodonga Health Dental Service provides basic emergency, general and denture services.
The Dental Service also hosts a training program for students from La Trobe University, Bendigo.
Where there is insufficient capacity at our dental clinic, people may be referred to a private dentist or prosthetist.
Specialist dental care is provided at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.
Who is eligible to be seen at Albury Wodonga Health Dental Service?
- Concession card holders and their dependants.
- Any child under the age of 12 regardless of a health care card or pensioner concession card.
- Any child aged 13-17 who has, or is a dependant of a health care card or pensioner concession card holder.
- Any adult 18 years and older who holds a health care card or pensioner concession card.
We have eight priority access groups, they are as follows:
- Eligible child or young person
- Child or youth in residential care
- Youth justice client in custodial care
- Indigenous/Torres Strait Islander
- Asylum seeker
- Mental health client
- Intellectual disability client
- Homeless person
- Eligible pregnant women
The people included in these groups do not have to be on a waitlist to receive general care. If applicable a letter from a caseworker/doctor is required.
AWH Dental Service
Emergency - Flat fee of $29.00 per course of care
General Care - Fee of $29.00 per visit per course of care, to a maximum for of $116.00 per course of care
Denture Care - $69.50 per denture, capped at $139.00 for a full upper and lower denture.
Children 0 - 12 years - Co-payment is not collected from any child when treated in public dental clinics, including non-Centrelink cardholders.
Not dependents or holders of concession cards
Emergency Care - If you are in pain contact the Albury Wodonga Health Dental Service. You will be triaged, assessed and prioritised and treatment accordingly.
Emergency Dental Care: Weekends and Public Holidays. There is an on-call private dental emergency service that is available on weekends and public holidays; please contact: 0487 271 571 or 0458 493 960. This service is managed within the private sector. Private fees will apply.
Health Promotion Programs
Smiles 4 Miles - Smiles 4 Miles is an initiative of the Department of Human Services, Victoria, which aims to improve the oral health of children and their families. The initiative targets high risk areas in Victoria. Tooth decay is Australia's most common preventable health issue with 1 in 3 Victorian children aged below five experiencing tooth decay. Smiles 4 Miles aims to encourage and promote good oral health habits and healthy eating among children in early childhood services with the message "Eat Well, Clean Well, Drink Well" being promoted. The program aims to maintain and reinforce good oral health habits from early childhood into adulthood.
Oral Health Terapists and Dental Assistants from Albury Wodonga Health Dental attend local kindergartens to promote the program. Please AWH Dental to discuss your kindergarten's eligibility.
Dental Screenings - During oral health screenings a brief visual examination of children's oral cavity is undertaken. Follow up ensures parents are made aware of their child's present oral health status and possibible treatment needs, with further appointments made at Albury Wodonga Health Dental Service. Dental screenings assess for tooth decay, other oral conditions (e.g. missing teeth, delayed eruption, tooth defects) with tailored oral hygiene advice provided. Oral Health screenings are undertaken at local kindergartens, primary scvhools and high schools for eligible children.
Please contact the Albury Wodonga Health Dental Service to discuss your early childhood service/schools eligibility
Waiting Times - Albury Wodonga Health Dental Clinic will be able to advise you on waiting times.
Quality Care - Public dental clinics are committed to providing quality services. Information regarding your rights and responsibilities is outlined in the Department of Health brochure Charter of Client Rights and Responsibilities for Public Dental Services. Copies can be obtained at community dental clinics or by contacting the AWH.