Free dental care for children

11 February 2020


General dental treatment in public oral health clinics is free for all children under 18 years. All children should have their first oral health assessment by the time they are 1 year old. An oral health assessment is different to a dental check‐up.

The Community Oral Health Clinics are available at the following locations:

Sydney Local Health District - Canterbury Hospital, Concord Hospital, Croydon Health Centre and Marrickville Health Centre.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District – Daceyville Public School, Hurstville Public School, Rockdale Public School, Tharawal Public School (Menai) and Sutherland Hospital.

If tooth decay is found for children under the age of 6 years, GPs can send a direct referral to the Public Oral Health Service Early Childhood Oral Health ECOH program, who will then contact the patient’s parent or guardian to make an appointment. The parent or guardian may also choose to visit their own private dentist.

GPs are requested to complete document this referral form (93 KB)  for Sydney Local Health District (also available via HealthPathways)

GPs are requested to complete   pdf this referral form (291 KB)  for South East Sydney Local Health District (in development with HealthPathways – content available shortly)

SLHD pdf information sheet (401 KB)  for GPs.  

pdf Click here (967 KB) to download the poster.