As restrictions ease, OHS are recommencing services in a gradual and safe way and will continue to do so over the coming weeks. Clients who have had appointments postponed will be contacted and rebooked according to clinical need. Those whose appointments have been postponed will be prioritised over new, non-urgent bookings.

Canberra Health Services offers a range of public dental services for children, young people and adults. We also offer emergency treatment and denture services.

Please see the Community Health Centres for access to these services.

Child and Youth Dental

We provide comprehensive assessment, individual oral health plans and general preventive, restorative and emergency treatment for children and young people in the ACT.

Please book your appointment using the Central Health Intake line on 02 5124 9977 or visit the Community Health Centres page for more information.

For emergency treatment, please call the Central Health Intake line on 02 5124 9977 from Monday to Friday or call 02 6205 1653 for weekend and public holidays emergencies.

Who can use the service?

Our dental services are available to:

  • all children under 5 who live in the ACT
  • all children between 5 and 14 years who live or attend school in the ACT
  • young people living or attending school in the ACT under the age of 18 who are covered by a current Centrelink Concession card.


Standard fees apply for our services:

  • Children aged 5 to 14 – $69.10 per child per “Course of Care”
  • Children under 5 years (who require treatment) – No fee
  • Children under the age of 18 years who are listed on a Health Care Card or Pension concession card – No fees for general treatment
  • Copayments apply for children for items such as space maintainers, splints and if eligible orthodontic services.
Child Dental Benefits Scheme (CDBS)

The CDBS is a government initiative that provides access to benefits for basic dental treatment in children. This includes dental check-ups, x-rays, cleaning, fissure sealing, fillings and extractions.

Benefits are available to children who are eligible for Medicare and part of a family who receive Family Tax Benefit Part A or another Australian Government payment. Total benefit entitlement is capped at $1,000 per child over a 2 calendar year period.

Please access your Medicare online account through MyGov to confirm your child’s eligibility and balance amount. You can also contact the Medicare general enquiries line on 13 20 11.

Adult Dental

We provide various dental treatments for ACT residents over the age of 18, including general restorative, denture and emergency dental services. Adult dental services are only available to the primary holder of a current ACT Centrelink issued Pension Concession or Healthcare card.

Please note: general restorative treatment has a waiting list—please contact the Central Health Intake link on 02 5124 9977 for further information.

To book a general appointment, please see the Community Health Centres.

If you wish to be added to a waiting list, please complete the Waiting List Placement Form and email back to Please be aware that due to the COVID-19, the waiting times are currently longer than usual. We are unable to provide a timeframe at this stage.

We charge a maximum co-payment of $300 for restorative treatment in any calendar year. This excludes molar endodontics, general anaesthetic and dentures.

Denture services

We provide a range of denture services, including denture repairs, denture relines and adjustments. We also make both partial and complete new dentures.

A waitlist applies for new dentures. Denture repairs are handled in the same way as emergency sessions.

For urgent repairs, please call the Central Health Intake line on 02 5124 9977. We can assess you over the phone and offer you an appointment based on the urgency of your needs.

Non-urgent medical needs are placed on a waiting list.

Our denture services are available to all ACT residents over the age of 18 who hold a Centrelink Concession card, including a Healthcare or Pension Concession card. You must also be eligible to receive treatment.


We charge a minimum of $44.15 for the course of your treatment. There is no annual cap and denture client contributions are not included in the $300 restorative treatment cap.

Emergency Dental

We offer emergency dental services from Monday to Friday for all people who have access to the Community Health’s dental services and require urgent dental treatment.

Please call Central Health Intake on 02 5124 9977. We can assess you over the phone and offer you an appointment based on the urgency of your needs. Non-urgent medical needs are placed on a waiting list.

Who can use this service?

Our emergency dental services are available to:

  • children under 14 years who attend school or reside in the ACT
  • ACT residents aged 14 to 17 who hold a Centrelink Concession card
  • ACT residents aged 18 and over who are primary card holders
  • Interstate Centrelink Concession card holders and children under 14 who are visiting the ACT for a short period who are triaged as an E or P1
Anketell St &, Pitman St, Greenway ACT 2900
17 Corinna St, Phillip ACT 2606
57 Ernest Cavanagh St, Gungahlin ACT 2912
1 Moore St, Canberra ACT 2601
Belconnen Community Health Centre, 56 Lathlain St, Belconnen ACT 2617
Page last updated on: 29 Sep 2021