Who is eligible for FREE dental care
Adults (18 years or older) must have a current Medicare Card and either a:
- Centrelink Health Care Card
- Centrelink Pension Concession Card
- Commonwealth Seniors Health Card
Note: holders of the State Seniors Card are not eligible for care unless they also hold one of the other concession cards listed above.
All children/young people 0-17 years of age who hold a current Medicare Care are eligible for dental care.
All patients must reside within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District boundaries to be eligible for dental care.
To make an appointment, contact our Customer Service Centre 1800 679 336.
For information about Oral Health: Eligibility Criteria Policy click here.
Before receiving care
Patients must prove their eligibility, according to the eligibility criteria, by showing a valid Medicare card and for adults, their concession card.
If a valid concession card cannot be produced, the patient must seek an interim voucher to establish that they are indeed eligible for care. The exception to this is where the person requires emergency treatment.
The patient may also be asked to produce secondary identification such as a drivers license to confirm their identity. A formal letter of identification from a homelessness agency is also acceptable as a secondary identification.