Dental waiting times in South Australia’s public system persist in lagging, taking more than a year across most of the state and up to 17 months in the south-east.
But Dr Goeff Franklin, South Australian Dental Services executive director, said the figures are better than they were back in 2012, when waits were even longer.
“It’s still certainly not how we want it, [but] we’re using the maximum capacity we can down there—we’re working with the private sector to try to get them to see patients,” he said.
Dr Franklin hopes the waits can be cut from three-to-six months.
“You’ve got to have the funding and the resources to be able to do that. Just keep in mind if people have urgent issues, urgent dental problems, they are dealt with,” he explained.
Dental wait times
- State-wide: 12.4 months
- South-east region: 17 months
- Mid-north: 14 months, but 8.8 for Port Pirie
- Riverland: 9.5 months
- Adelaide: 12.3 months
Source: ABC News