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Public Dental Waiting Data

Long waiting times for dental care mean existing dental problems worsen. As a result, just over one-third of all courses of care are for emergency treatment rather than routine care. 

People with poor oral health may experience pain and embarrassment, have trouble speaking and eating, miss school, have trouble getting a job, and develop other serious health problems. That’s why it’s so important that all Victorians have access to regular dental care.

The Victorian Oral Health Alliance is calling on both the state and federal governments to increase their investment in public dentistry so that vulnerable Victorians are able to smile.

The below interactive map shows information on waiting times to access public dental care across Victoria as at December 2021. The map is colour coded to highlight the average waiting time for general dental care.

COVID-19 restrictions impacted on dental service provision through July-Dec 2020 and July-Oct 2021, resulting in a decrease in the number of patients treated and an increase in the ratio of emergency care to general care. Average waiting times appear to have decreased at some agencies, reflecting the way that patients were managed off the waiting list rather than an actual decrease in average waiting times. This is reflected in the increase in the number of patients waiting for care.


This chart shows the waiting time for general dental care for each public dental clinic since 2012/13. Select individual clinics from the search box to compare to other clinics or the Victorian state average.


This chart shows the waiting time for general denture care for each public dental clinic since 2012/13. Select individual clinics from the search box to compare to other clinics or the Victorian state average.


This chart shows the longest waiting time for general dental care since 2012/13. Select individual clinics from the search box to compare to other clinics or to Victoria.


This chart shows the number of people waiting for general dental care since 2012/13. Select individual clinics from the search box to compare to other clinics or the total number for Victoria.


This chart shows the number of patients treated in the public dental system since 2012/13. Select individual clinics from the search box to compare to other clinics or the total number for Victoria. Note that the data for 2021/22 is to December 2021, and therefore represents only 6 months of data (compared to 12 months of data for the rest of the time series).

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