School of Dentistry



Public patients

Accounts issued by the Oral Health Centre to public patients are based on a schedule issued by the Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). The DVA schedule details the price of specific items of treatment and is adjusted on a regular basis.

The fee schedule applied by the Oral Health Centre is the same as that applying to other providers in the Western Australian public dental system.

Income support patients

Income support patients are charged 80% of the designated fee from the DVA schedule. This is a substantial reduction on the fees charged by most private dentists.

The Oral Health Centre is part of the Western Australian public dental system. General dental services are provided to eligible public patients.

General dentistry

The catchment area covers suburbs from Fremantle in the south to West Perth and then follows the Mitchell Freeway as far as Karrinyup in the north

Dental services are provided to public dental patients, who are subject to an eligibility test, as well as to private patients through private practice arrangements entered into with some of the Centre’s general and specialist dentists.

If you wish to apply for subsidised dental treatment then you will need to complete and send an Application for Dental Treatment form:



Send the form along with the relevant information detailed on the form, to:

Oral Health Centre of WA
17 Monash Avenue
Nedlands, Perth
Western Australia 6009

Contact us if you require this form in an accessible format.

General dental services are also provided at low fees for income-support patients who are ineligible for subsidised treatment but who meet relevant low-income criteria.

A patient catchment area determines which public patients are entitled to attend the Oral Health Centre for subsidised general treatment. The catchment area is shown here and provided in PDF format for you to print:

The area incorporates the postcodes: 6005, 6007, 6008, 6009, 6010, 6011, 6012, 6014, 6015, 6016, 6018 and 6019. Subject to waiting times, the centre will often accept eligible patients from outside this catchment area; if this is not possible, however, patients living outside the catchment area are required to attend their nearest government dental clinic for general dental services.

General dental services are provided by qualified dentists and by pre-graduation interns (dental students in their final practicum year) and third and fourth-year undergraduate students under direct supervision by experienced dentists.

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Public dental services are available from 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

  • Details are available by telephoning (+61 8) 9346 4400.
  • An Emergency Service Clinic operates from 2pm to 5pm every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday. NOTE: Patients for the Emergency Clinic should be present at the Clinic by no later than 4.15pm to enable completion of registration and treatment.Back to top

Specialist services

The Oral Health Centre is the sole provider of specialist dental services to public dental patients in Western Australia. The specialist services provided are:

  • Endodontics
  • Oral medicine and oral pathology
  • Oral surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatric dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

Specialist dental services are available by referral from a general dentist only. Such referrals are accepted by the Oral Health Centre subject to their compliance with Specialist Referral Guidelines. Should a referral not comply with these guidelines, specialist treatment will not be provided.

Dentists considering referring a patient to the Centre for specialist treatment should first satisfy themselves that the patient is eligible for subsidised treatment. The Oral Health Centre referral form should be used for any such referral:

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After hours emergency treatment

An emergency clinic operates in the Centre’s annexe in the E Block of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital from 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.  NOTE: Patients should be present at the Clinic by no later than 4.15pm to enable completion of registration and treatment.The Clinic offers emergency dental treatment only.

  • A fee applies to all emergency treatment, but a subsidy is provided to holders of Health Care and Pensioner Concession Cards. Holders of these cards will need to present a current card at the time of treatment to receive this subsidy.
  • No appointments are necessary.
  • If you wish to speak with clinic staff please call (+61 8) 9346 7626 between 2.00 pm and 5.00 pm on weekends and public holidays.

For after hours emergency treatment at other times contact Dental Health Services (+61 8) 9325 3452.

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Patient Safety and Quality

The Oral Health Centre of WA is accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.

As part of our commitment to accreditation we need to demonstrate;

  • We have a focus on patient centred care
  • We value the diversity of our patients and carers
  • We provide safe quality care at all times
  • We comply with evidence based infection control practices
  • We provide a safe, clean environment for patients, carers, visitors and staff; and
  • We strive to continually improve.

How you can assist…

Provide feedback on your care and treatment – we value this highly.

From our annual survey did you know

96% of patients have indicated the service was good- excellent

Key areas of satisfaction – friendliness and courtesy of staff, quality of our facilities and ensuring all information is maintained in a confidential manner.

Parking continues to be an issue; please discuss parking needs when making an appointment

Did you also know?

Our staff (dentists and students) demonstrate high rates of compliance with hand hygiene

We have had “nil” serious incidents over the past 2 years

We provide over 90,000 occasions of service each year

We regularly use interpreter services to ensure patients who require this service are able to have information translated in a timely and effective manner

We support education and research through our academic programs

NSHQS Governance Std 1
Governance Systems
NSHQS Std 2 Partnering
Partnering with Consumers
NSHQS Std 3 Health Care
Infection Control Practices
NSQHS Medication St 4
Medication Safety
NSQHS Std 5 Patient Ident
Patient Identification
NSQHS Std 6 Clinical Handover
Clinical Handover

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Patient feedback

We are committed to improving our services and welcome constructive criticism and feedback.  Existing patients are encouraged to complete the form online or below: 

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This form can be mailed to the Centre or handed in to our Centre's reception.

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