Reducing waiting lists and providing high level care through our One Health System is a priority of the Hodgman Liberal Government. Providing timely dental care is a vital part of general health so it is encouraging to see the waiting list for general dental care fall by almost 30 percent, with 3283 fewer Tasmanians waiting for general dental in December 2015 than in January 2015.

This includes decreases in the number of people waiting across all regions of the state.
This follows significant decreases in the previous year and is the result of increased activity funded by the Australian Government under the National Partnership Agreement on Adult Dental Care and an audit of the waiting lists.

In addition to this, more than 32,000 episodes of care were provided to adults for urgent care in 2015 – these patients aren’t placed on a waiting list and some receive same-day care.

And, more than 66,000 dental appointments were provided to children in Tasmania in 2015.
There were also more than 20,000 occasions of service for dentures and other dental prosthetic services with the waiting list falling by more than 100 people (12%) during 2015.

Congratulations to all of our hard working professionals in the dental area for these outstanding results and providing their fellow Tasmanians with first class care.

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