Child Oral Health

Our dental therapists and oral health therapists provide free dental examinations, emergency relief of pain services, and general dental treatment to children aged up to 18 years of age.

To be eligible:

  • Children must have a current Medicare Card
  • Be aged under 18 years old
  • Live in the Northern NSW Local Health District

Services are located at: Ballina, Byron, Casino, Coraki, Goonellabah, Grafton, Nimbin, Pottsville and Tweed Heads, and Yamba. Aboriginal Medical Services at Casino and Grafton also provide oral health services to eligible children.

Referral can be directly from Community Health, Allied Health, local hospitals, external organisations such as drug and alcohol facilities, aged care facilities, Out of Home Care and homeless shelters, or by self-referral.

The School Health Service targets four-year-olds for health assessments and school screening services. This service aims to provide early assessment and referral for early intervention. Children and families at risk of dental disease are a priority for this service.

Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS)

The Child Dental Benefits Scheme provides basic dental services to eligible children aged 2 to 17 years. The CDBS is available at public and private dental services and provides up to $700 a year to the child for basic dental services.

Services include:

  • examinations,
  • x-rays,
  • cleaning,
  • fissure sealing,
  • fillings,
  • root canals,
  • extractions, and
  • partial dentures.

A child is eligible if they:

  • have Medicare
  • are aged 2-17 years at any point in the calendar year
  • and receive a relevant Australian Government payment, such as Family Tax Benefit Part A at any point in the calendar year.

To access the Child Oral Health Service phone 1300 651 625.