News & Media

01 June 2016

Subsidised child dental scheme still available

Latrobe Valley families have been reminded there is still time to access government-subsidised dental care for children under the age of 17 years.

Latrobe Valley families have been reminded there is still time to access government-subsidised dental care for children under the age of 17 years.

Under the Child Dental Benefits Scheme, children whose families receive Family Tax Benefit A are eligible for up to $1,000 of dental care.

“The future of the scheme will turn on the outcome of the Federal election on 2 July, but for now the existing arrangements are still in place,” said Jenny Juschkat, Dental Operational Manager at Latrobe Community Health Service.

“There is currently no waiting list for children to seek dental treatment under this scheme, so families that book their children in now can be seen straight away.”

Ms Juschkat believed many families had not taken advantage of the Child Dental Benefits Scheme since its introduction in 2014.

“I would hate to think that parents are avoiding dental treatment because of fears over costs and access,” she said.

“We have dental clinics in Moe and Morwell. Combined with the Child Dental Benefits Scheme, there’s no reason you can’t see an oral care practitioner.”

Families can book an appointment at the Latrobe Community Health Service dental clinics in Moe or Morwell by calling 1800 242 696.