Metro North Hospital and Health Service provides oral health care for children and teenagers through its Child and Adolescent Oral Health Services, which in some areas is known as the School Dental Service.

General dental care and emergency dental care are available free of charge to all eligible children and young people in Queensland. This includes appointments for check-ups, preventive care, fillings and toothaches or accidents and emergencies.

Eligibility for Dental Care

Free dental care is available for children and adolescents who are Queensland residents and who are:

  • in Prep (aged over 4 years) through to year 10
  • in years 11 and 12 with a current Centrelink Card, Healthcare or Pension Card
  • aged 0–4 years whose parents have a current Centrelink Card, Healthcare or Pension Card
  • Child Dental Benefits Schedule eligible patients

Free dental care is also available for:

  • Public hospital inpatients
  • Public hospital outpatients
  • Forde foundation clients
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Scheme patients
  • Refugees
  • Asylum seekers

More information about eligibility for public oral health services can be found in the Oral Health Services Eligibility Guideline (PDF 111 kB).

Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule

The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) is a Commonwealth-funded scheme that covers part or the full cost of certain dental services for children.

  • To check whether you or your child is eligible to be able to claim benefits, visit the Child Dental Benefits Schedule website.
  • You can use your CDBS benefit at a private dental practice or a Queensland Health dental clinic.
  • To use your CDBS benefit at a Queensland Health dental clinic, CDBS benefits must be assigned to Queensland Health. The treating clinician will explain the recommended treatment plan and ask you to complete a Bulk Billing Consent Form before starting care.
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