From: DVA Media Centre
Sent: Wed 15/02/2012

Update - dental hygienist services

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is aware of the concerns being raised in relation to access for eligible DVA clients to preventive dental care services provided by dental hygienists on behalf of their dentist. Under DVA’s long-standing arrangements, funding of preventive dental services is limited to those services provided by dentists and dental specialists.

To address this issue, DVA has advised both the Australian Dental Association (ADA) and the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia (DHAA) that services provided by dental hygienists under the direction of a dentist can continue for veteran patients and be legitimately claimed for under the current DVA schedule arrangements. Members of the ADA and DHAA are encouraged to resume such services to members of the veteran community.

This is an interim arrangement only while DVA considers the issue of access to services provided by dental hygienists. DVA has indicated it will consult with the ADA and DHAA in considering ongoing arrangements. Dentists

Dental services involve the prevention and treatment of oral disease and include general dental services, the filling and crowning of teeth and the construction of dentures.

Note: Before booking an appointment with your dental provider, check they accept the DVA Gold or White Card, otherwise you may have to pay for treatment.

You can make an appointment with your dentist or dental prosthetist to receive dental services without a referral from your doctor.

See: HSV17 Dental Services pdf document